Managing User Accounts and Parental Controls

Windows 8 parental controls are helpful, as are Windows 8 user account control features. Learn how to use them both here.

Adding users

It's easy to add new user accounts to your computer. Connecting users to a Microsoft account will help them get the most out of Windows 8, but you can also add a local user account that exists only on your computer if a user prefers not to create a Microsoft account.

You must be signed in as an Administrator (the first user account created on your computer) to add a new user.

To add a new user (with a Microsoft account):

  1. From the Start screen, hover the mouse in the lower-right corner to access the Charms bar, then select Settings.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Accessing Settings from the Charms Bar
  2. Locate and select Change PC Settings.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Clicking Change PC settings
  3. PC Settings will appear. Select Users on the left.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Clicking Users
  4. The Users pane will appear on the right. Locate and select Add a user.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Adding a new user
  5. Enter the user's Microsoft account username, then click Next to continue.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Entering a Microsoft account username
  6. Optional: If the user is a child, check the box to activate Family Safety, which will let you set parental controls. We'll talk more about parental controls later in this lesson.
  7. Click Finish.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Clicking Finish
  8. The user will be added.


    Screenshot of Windows 8The added user

It may take several minutes to configure a user's settings when logging in with a Microsoft account for the first time.

To add a new local user (without a Microsoft account):

  1. Navigate to the Users pane from PC Settings. Click Add a user.
  2. Locate and select Sign in without a Microsoft account.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Clicking Sign in without a Microsoft account
  3. Click Local account to continue.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Adding a Local user
  4. Enter an account name, and type the desired password. It's important to choose a strong password—in other words, one that is easy to remember but difficult for someone else to guess. For more information, check out Password Tips in our Tech Savvy tutorial.
  5. Re-enter the password and include a hint, then click Next to continue.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Choosing a password and adding account details
  6. Optional: Check the box to activate Family Safety.
  7. Click Finish.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Clicking Finish
  8. The user will be added.


    Screenshot of Windows 8The added local user