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How To Add and Manage New Users in Windows 8

If the PC running Windows 8 in your house needs to have another user account, you need to set up a new user. You already know how to add a user in Windows 7 and here’s how to do it in Windows 8.

You’ll need to have Administrator rights to add a new user. Each new user you add will have a Standard User account type.

Add User via Metro UI

In the metro (modern) interface, hover your mouse in the lower right corner of the screen and click Settings in the Charms bar. Or use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + C to display it.

Settings Charms Bar

Then click Change PC Settings.
Change PC Settings

The new Windows 8 Control Panel will appear. Select Users under PC Settings on the left and click Add a User under Other Users on the left.

Add a User

Enter in the new user’s Microsoft Account email address. Or, if you want to make them a local user, click Sign In Without a Microsoft Account. Click Next.

Add a User Email

The new user’s Windows Account email is displayed, if you’re setting it up for one of your kids, you might want to enable the Family Safety feature.

parental controls option

Back under User Accounts in the Metro UI, the new user will be displayed under Other Users.

Other User Added

The next time the new user logs in, they need to click the arrow to Switch User.

Switch User

Then they just need to click on their account icon to log in.

Two Users

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