How to Create a Local User in a Domain Environment

By Alex Gardner

The domain administrator sets domain policies that control how each connected computer functions as part of that domain and assigns rights to each user in the domain. Users in a domain environment who have administration privileges for their computer can also add local users to their computer. Creating local users is useful when a program needs to run locally for security purposes, or if you need to give a local user special access to a computer outside the domain environment.

Step 1

Log on to your local computer using an account with administrator privileges. If your computer is part of a corporate or school network, you may need to ask the technical support specialist for the required permissions.

Step 2

Right-click the **Windows** button on the desktop taskbar and select **Control Panel** from the jump menu.

Step 3

Select **User Accounts** and then choose **Give Other Users Access to this Computer**.

Step 4

Click the **Advanced** tab. Choose **Advanced** to launch the **Local Users and Groups** interface.

Step 5

Right-click **User**, which is listed in the left pane under Local Users and Groups. Choose **New User** from the context menu.

Step 6

Type in a user name for the new user, a descriptive name such as the person’s first and last name, and set a password for the new account. You will need to type the password twice. Click **Create** and then click **Close**.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choose a strong password for your user account to maintain system security. If you receive a notice that the password you've chosen doesn't meet minimum system requirements, try choosing a password that's a mix of both uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers or special characters, like "$" or "#".