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How to create new user and set the privilege for this account on windows 8?

Since 3 of my family share the same computer, and I hope I could keep their privacy from each other.

How can I do that?

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The short version:

  • Start, Settings, Users, Add a user
  • Check "This is a child's account"

Create a new user

To create a new user, open Start and search for Users under Settings.

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This should open up to the PC settings page on the Users tab

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Add another user

Select Add user under Other Users

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Complete the Add a user wizard. There should be an option to set up family safety, but if you miss it our it doesn't show simply:


Limit the account privileges

Once you've finished adding the new user, open Start and search for Change account type enter image description here


Select the user you would like to change

Click on the account you would like to modify

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Change account type

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Manage another account

You should return to the following screen, select Manage another account. enter image description here

Family safety

Now choose Set up Family Safety and configure appropriately.

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Oddly when I set up a new account it did not initially show up in the 'Modify accounts' bit. After a minute or so it showed up. Not sure if this happens to anyone else. –  Tanner Nov 1 '12 at 22:49

The process for creating local (non Microsoft Live) accounts is the same as in Windows 7, for the most part. You can link accounts to Live at a latter stage as well if you want.

My preferred way to add accounts is through the Computer Management.

Open it by typing compmgmt.msc on that Start Screen or right clicking Computer in Explorer and choosing Manage.

Expand "Local Users and Groups", right click "Users" and choose "New User."

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Fill out the form, click create. You will have a new user that has no Admin rights. If you want to muck around with group for permissions, etc. you can do that from this console as well.

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  1. Go to the charms bar.
  2. Click on the search button (first button)
  3. Click on settings.
  4. Search for "Create an account".
  5. Click "Add a new user in PC Settings".
  6. Scroll down and click "Add a new user".
  7. Choose whether the account be a Microsoft account or Local Account.
  8. When finished go to the search again and search for "Make changes to accounts"

If a local account: 1. Click on user. 2. Click on "Change the account type". 3. Make sure that it is a Standard user.

If Microsoft account: Not sure about here. Just testing.

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once a local account is created, you can link it to a M$ account upon login. –  Jared Tritsch Nov 1 '12 at 23:04

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