Create a Separate User and Local Administrator Account In Windows (Personal PC)


How do I create a separate user and local administrator account in Windows for my personal PC?


  • Personal Windows 10 or 11 PC

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 Note: This is for personal PC only. 


A local administrator account is required to install software. A home PC without login is, by default, a local administrator account. This means that malware can self-install when you inadvertently click on an infected attachment or web page. 

To reduce the risk an everyday account should be a "standard user". Then create a separate administrative account to install/configure software. When you try to install/configure software you will be prompted for an administrator username and password. 

 Note: This article is provided only for your convenience. The CIT department does not manage or support personal PC or equipment. We suggest you keep a backup of the administrator password of the account created above in a secure location and set up all the security recovery methods available. If the password is lost you may have to reinstall windows on the PC to recover the account. 


Article ID: 142769
Tue 4/19/22 2:44 PM
Wed 4/20/22 8:48 AM