There may be multiple users for a single Windows 8/10 PC in a family. Moreover, they may belong to different age groups. So, setting up separate accounts may help you in the long run. For instance, if there are kids, you may be interested in setting up child’s account with extra security monitoring measures to limit his activities to playing games and sending e-mails. Also, your personal info will be more secure since you will have the choice to protect important documents and files from being erased or changed by someone else.
Whatever the case may be, you can create separate accounts and share a PC without oversharing, says Microsoft.
Create Separate Accounts
The advantages of setting up separate user accounts are:
- You can set up accounts with different privileges for each user, and keep an eye on how they’re using the PC.
- Each person sees their own Start screen, apps, account picture, and settings when they sign in.
- Your personal stuff (like your Mail inbox and Calendar appointments) is kept separate, too—nobody else can read your email.
- Multiple people can be signed in at once. You don’t have to close all your apps and sign out to let someone else use the PC.
You can create separate accounts with Microsoft. Just visit this link and set up a new Microsoft Account. Alternatively, if you would not want to use Microsoft account since you don’t like entering a complicated password every time you use your PC, try setting up a picture password or even a 4-digit PIN to make things easier.
Use a Local Account? Not recommended. Why??
Although, Local Account requires no email address to verify a user and can be used without a password, it exposes certain exploitation avenues.
- First, with a local account, your preferences and settings don’t update automatically, or roam with you when you sign in to other PCs and devices. This makes it compulsory for you to sign in each time to the Windows 8.1 apps that come with your PC (like Mail, Calendar, and People).
- Secondly, you can’t download or purchase new apps from the Store without a Microsoft account.
You might prefer a local account more for your child, if he or she is too young. It could certainly allow him/her experience and enjoy the PC without being exposed to the wilderness of the web. One can also activate Family Safety feature on a local or a Microsoft account for a more safe use of the PC.