Windows 10: Can I set up an child account without an Microsoft account?

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  1.    04 Dec 2017 #1

    Can I set up an child account without an Microsoft account?


    Hi,

    I do not have a Microsoft account but I'd like to set up an Windows account for my child (6 years old).

    I would like to basically restrict everything, and just let her play a couple of games.

    It is very important that she is not allowed to delete, change or destroy anything.

    Can this be done somehow?

    Thank you.
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  2. Posts : 198
    Windows 10 Pro
       04 Dec 2017 #2

    Make a local account and set the family settings up. Have a look through the tutorials as sure there a page Brink has done for this :)
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  3.    04 Dec 2017 #3

    This looks like a very good tutorial as usual.
    "If the child you want to add already has a local account on your PC, then you will need to switch the local account to a Microsoft account first.
    Child Account - Add or Remove from Your Family in Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials
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  4. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1809) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       04 Dec 2017 #4

    MeAndMyComputer said: View Post
    This looks like a very good tutorial as usual.
    "If the child you want to add already has a local account on your PC, then you will need to switch the local account to a Microsoft account first....
    Seems the OP does not have (or apparently want) a Microsoft account.

    Hoggorm said: View Post
    I do not have a Microsoft account but I'd like to set up an Windows account for my child (6 years old)..
    Unfortunately it's a requirement for Child Accounts - from the tutorial...
    Note
    If the child doesn't have a Microsoft account, then click/tap on the The person I want to add doesn't have an email address link to create a Microsoft account for the child.

    As an alternative to a Child Account, how about using a local Guest Account?

    Add Guest Account in Windows 10
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  5.    04 Dec 2017 #5

    It is correct that I do not want to use my Microsoft account. I have had nothing but trouble when I used that before I reinstalled Windows after a format of the disks. Accessing Safe mode is one problem for example. It won't accept my Microsoft password. But that is another topic I guess...

    Bree said: View Post
    As an alternative to a Child Account, how about using a local Guest Account?
    I'll take a look at that. Can I install software on that account perhaps?
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  6. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1809) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       04 Dec 2017 #6

    A Guest account is very limited in what it can do. You may be able to install software by providing an administrator account and password if you get the UAC prompt. If that fails, you could always promote it to a standard account (or administrator) to install software (or make any customisations you need) then demote it back to the Guests group when you're done.

    You can manipulate Group membership in any edition of Windows 10 (Home or Pro) with netplwiz. See post #25 here...
    Add Guest Account in Windows 10
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  7.    05 Dec 2017 #7

    Thank you very much
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  8.    10 Dec 2017 #8

    I just tried to set up a child account but that was just a long way from what I'm after.

    Microsoft require that my daughter, six years of age, has her own email account and Microsoft account. The password has to be a strong one with random letters and numbers.

    Although I should have stopped just there I set this up for her only to find out that her account was able to delete any files or folders that she accidentally could delete. She could also enter settings and change whatever she wanted. It is basically a normal account...

    This is just stupid and not suitable for a child!
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18252
       10 Dec 2017 #9

    Once setup, you can add a PIN to the child's account that is much easier to remember.

    Add PIN to your Account in Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials

    You could also use a fingerprint or face to sign in if available options for you.

    Add or Remove Fingerprint for Account in Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials

    Set up Face for Windows Hello in Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials
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  10. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (1809) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       10 Dec 2017 #10

    Hoggorm said: View Post
    ...I set this up for her only to find out that her account was able to delete any files or folders that she accidentally could delete. . She could also enter settings and change whatever she wanted. It is basically a normal account...
    You could try making it a Guest account as well, that would take care of Settings at least...

    You can manipulate Group membership in any edition of Windows 10 (Home or Pro) with netplwiz. See post #25 here...
    Add Guest Account in Windows 10
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