Windows 10: Add User Account in Windows 10  

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  1.    06 Jan 2016 #10

    Hi, I'm new to Windows ten having been coerced into "upgrading" by Microsoft!

    I only seem to have one account, as "Built in Administrator" but can't add another account or sign in using Microsoft account. When I click either the "Sign in with a Microsoft account instead" (in your email and accounts) or "Add someone else to this PC" (in Family and other users), a window seems to open and disappear again instantly.

    I have even tried to add a user in the cmd prompt (following instruction in one of the tutorials on here) but get an error of "< was unexpected at this time".

    I can't even open a pdf at the moment and my laptop is basically useless for what I need it for.

    Any help greatly appreciated.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 23,573
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
    Thread Starter
       06 Jan 2016 #11

    Hello Stubby, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    You won't be able to switch the built-in Administrator account to a Microsoft account.

    When you tried to add a user using OPTION SIX, did you do so in an elevated command prompt (right click on CMD, and click on "Run as administrator")?

    If all else fails, you might see if doing a repair install may sort this for you.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    06 Jan 2016 #12

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Stubby, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    You won't be able to switch the built-in Administrator account to a Microsoft account.

    When you tried to add a user using OPTION SIX, did you do so in an elevated command prompt (right click on CMD, and click on "Run as administrator")?

    If all else fails, you might see if doing a repair install may sort this for you.

    Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade
    No I hadn't, but I have now and same error. I'll follow your link and see if that helps.

    Thanks.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    06 Jan 2016 #13

    I'm reluctant to lose the software that is installed. I there any way that I can try to reset without losing this?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 23,573
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
    Thread Starter
       06 Jan 2016 #14

    You won't lose anything doing a repair install in the tutorial link above, but you will if you reset or refresh Windows instead.
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  6.    07 Jan 2016 #15

    Delayed reply as the ISO took an absolute age to download!
    All installed and updated, same problem exists.

    I keep getting messages that apps "cannot be opened with the Built in Administrator account. Sign in with a different account and try again." But I can't add another account or even sign in with a Microsoft account.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  7. Posts : 23,573
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
    Thread Starter
       07 Jan 2016 #16

    I was hoping that you would have been asked to setup an administrator account during Windows Setup since you only had the built-in Administrator.

    It looks like you may need to refresh or reset Windows 10 instead. Be sure to back up anything that you do not want to lose first.

    Refresh Windows 10

    Reset Windows 10
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  8. Posts : 769
    7 and 10 on various machines
       31 May 2016 #17

    Hello Shawn I have looked around the tutorials but cannot find what I want to know and that is if I change my password on my 10 laptop which uses by default my Microsoft account and password to a PIN will that affect all of my machines including my 7 ones??

    I was disappointed when setting this machine up that I had to use a Microsoft account and hence my password for it instead of picking a password during install as per installing the 7 OS.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  9. Posts : 23,573
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16362
    Thread Starter
       31 May 2016 #18

    Hello John,

    When you change the Microsoft account password, it will sync to all devices that you sign in to with the same Microsoft account.

    Your PIN will not be affected since a PIN does not sync. A PIN is device specific.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  10. Posts : 769
    7 and 10 on various machines
       01 Jun 2016 #19

    Thanks Shawn so I have it right then if say this laptop has a PIN this PIN will not be needed to login to any 7 machines or another 10 machine?

    Because I am intending to clean install my Sandy Bridge tomorrow with 10 as I have done with this old Toshiba though reasoning tells me the Sandy Bridge install I shall have to use that PIN during the install .

    To be honest I used to use the same login password for all the 7 machines because as you know passwords become a nightmare of a mess when one needs so many for so many sites etc.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
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