Create a User Account in Windows 7

How to Create a New User Account in Windows 7

Apr. 08, 2014 09:17 am / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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For Windows 7 computer users, each person who uses the computer should have a separate account. Accounts can have either Standard privileges or Administrator privileges. So how to create a user account in Windows 7 can be a frequently-asked question.

First, let's view the three different types of user account in Windows 7. Then go to the three options on how to add a new user account in Windows 7.

Guests: A guest account allows you to have temporary access to your computer. You can't install software, hardware, or change settings.

Standard user: The standard account can help protect your computer by preventing users from making changes that affect the system or other users.

Administrator: Administrators have complete access to the computer and can make any desired changes.  You can install software, hardware, and change settings.

How to Set up User Account in Windows 7?

Option 1: Create a User Account in "User Accounts" in Control Panel

  • 1. Open the Control Panel, and click on the User Account icon.
  • 2. Click on the Manage another account link.

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  • 3. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.
  • 4. Click on the Create a new account link.

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  • 5. Type in a name for the user account, select (dot) to make the user account either a Standard user or Administrator account, then click on the Create Account button.

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  • 6. The user account is now created. It is recommended that you create a password for this user account so that it will be password protected.

  • 7. When finished, you can close the User Accounts window.
  • 8. The new account's C:\User\(user-name) folder will not be created until it is logged in to for the first time.

Option 2: Create a New User Account in "Local Users and Groups"

  • 1. Open Local Users and Groups, and click on the Users folder in the left pane to open it.

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  • 2. Right click on Users in the left pane, and click on New User.
  • 3. Type in a User Name (ex: Example-Standard) for the user account, fill out any other details like password if you like, check the options that you would lile to apply to this user account, and click on Create and Close when finished.

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  • 4. The user account is now created.
  • 5. By default, this will be a standard user account.

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  • 6. The new account's C:\User\(user-name) folder will not be created until it is logged in to for the first time.

Option 3: Create a User Account in Command Prompt

  • 1. Open an elevated command prompt.
  • 2. Choose from the type you would like to create the user account as below

    A. To Create a User Account without a Password

    • a. In the elevated command prompt, type the command below and press Enter.

      Note: Substitute UserName in the command below with a user name that you want for the user account.

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    B. To Created a User Account with a Password

    • a. In the elevated command prompt, type the command below and press Enter.

      Note: Substitute UserName in the command below with a user name that you want for the user account. Substitute Password in the command below with a password that you want to be created for the user account.

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    C. To Create a User Account with a Password on a Domain

    This is for only if your computer is on a domain.

    • a. In the elevated command prompt, type the command below and press Enter.

      Note: Substitute UserName in the command below with a user name that you want for the user account. Substitute Password in the command below with a password that you want to be created for the user account.

      Net user "UserName" "Password"/add/domain

  • 3. By default, this will be a standard user account.
  • 4. When finished, close the elevated command prompt.
  • 5. The new account's C:\User\(user-name) folder will not be created until it is logged in to for the first time.

To sum up, you can create a new user account for Windows 7 (guest, standard user, administrator user account or domain user account) by one of these three options above. You can also add the password protection to the new user account during the process. Try to remember the password if you have created. Or turn to Windows Password Recovery for help to crack the forgotten password.

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