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Add or remove accounts on your PC

This article describes how to add or remove accounts on your PC. If different accounts are used on a shared PC, multiple people can use the same device, each with their own credentials. Each user has access to their own files, browser favorites and desktop settings.

If you use the same PC for personal and work or school projects, you may want to use different accounts for them as well.

Note:When you have a new device, you may see an account named "defaultuser0". This account is inactive, will not harm your device or grant anyone else access to it. To remove this account, restart your device, and then sign in again.

Adding People to a Home PC

The best way to add users to your PC is to allow them to sign in with a Microsoft account. To learn more about Microsoft accounts, see Sign in with a Microsoft account.

For the Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Professional editions:

  1. Choose begin > Settings > Accounts >Family & other usersout.

  2. Choose under Other users the option Add someone else to this PC out.

  3. Enter that person's Microsoft account information and follow the prompts.

If you need to remove that person's credentials from your PC:

  1. Choose begin > Settings > Accounts > Family & other user out.

  2. Select the person's name or email address, then Remove out. Note that this does not delete the person's Microsoft account, it just removes their credentials from your PC.

Add people to a work or school PC

If several users share a work or school PC, each should preferably have their own Microsoft account. To learn more about Microsoft accounts, see Sign in with a Microsoft account.

Here's how to add someone with an existing Microsoft account

  1. Choose begin You> Settings start> Accounts > other users (in some versions of Windows it can be saved as other people or family members & other usersare designated).

  2. Choose under Business or school users the option Add a professional or academic user out.

  3. Enter this person's user account, select the account type, and then Add out.

If you need to remove that person's credentials from your PC:

  1. Choose begin > Settings > Accounts > Other user out.

  2. Select the person's name or email address, then Remove out.

  3. Read the information and choose Delete account and data out. Note that this does not delete the person's Microsoft account, it just removes their credentials and account information from your PC.

Add work, school, or college accounts to your PC

If you use the same PC for personal, school or business purposes, consider adding different accounts to your PC to make it easier to access the files, apps, and information associated with each account. If you use your work, school or university account, you will be connected to the domain of your organization and have access to its resources.

To add another account to your PC:

  1. Choose begin > Settings > Accounts > Access to work or school .

  2. Choose Connect , and then follow the instructions to add the accounts.

If you need to remove an account from your device:

  1. Choose begin > Settings > Accounts > Access to work or school .

  2. Select the account you want to remove, then select Separate out.

  3. Select to confirm your actions Yesout. Note that this does not completely delete the account, it just removes access from your PC.

    Note:If an account is either the only account on the PC or the primary account on the PC, it cannot be removed.

Add accounts used by apps

To make signing in to your accounts easier and faster, you may want to add accounts for different apps.

How to add an account used by apps to your PC

  1. Choose begin > Settings > Accounts > email & accounts out.

  2. To add an account that will be used by email, select Calendar or Contacts: Under Accounts used by email, calendar, and contacts, the option to add an account out. For other apps, select Add a Microsoft account or Add a business, school or university account out.

  3. Follow the instructions to add the account.

How to remove an account used by apps from your PC

  1. Choose begin > Settings > Accounts > email & accounts out.

  2. Select the account you want to remove, then select Remove out.

  3. Select to confirm your actions Yes out.

Adding people to a family group

When you've added your family's Microsoft accounts to your PC, you can set them up as a Microsoft family. Microsoft Family is a free service that families can use to stay connected and designed to better protect children on Windows 10 and Xbox One devices, as well as on Android devices with the Microsoft Launcher installed.