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Windows 10 quick tips: How to share a single PC

Preston Gralla | March 29, 2016
Have employees or temporary workers sharing a computer? No problem -- here's how to do it.

It's also easy to remove accounts -- as long as you're the administrator. Select Settings > Accounts > Family & other users, click the account you want to remove and then click Remove. A screen appears warning you that when you delete the account, you also delete all data associated with it, which include files, desktop setup, apps, music and so on. Also, note that you can only delete an account if the person has signed out of Windows 10.

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When you delete an account, you also delete all data associated with it, including files, desktop setup, apps, music and so on.

Once you've got it in hand, you'll find that this is a simple and useful way for sharing a Windows 10 PC among multiple people.

Bonus tip: Turn on the hidden Windows 10 administrator account

I've got one more tip for you: How to turn on something that is sort of a super-administrator account hidden in Windows 10.

As I explained previously, the account you create when you install Windows is the PC's administrator account -- it gives you control over how Windows 10 works on the PC, what other accounts can be created and so on. But Windows 10 also sets up a hidden administrator account during installation.

This hidden account has one advantage over a normal administrator account -- when you use it, you won't get any User Account Control (UAC) prompts. That makes it much easier to troubleshoot and customize Windows, because you won't be constantly bothered by those pesky UAC notices.

Some people refer to this hidden administrator account as an elevated account, and a normal one as an un-elevated account.

It's easy to turn on and use the hidden administrator account:

First, make sure that you're using your normal Administrator account. Then click the Start button and click All apps > Windows System.

Right-click "Command Prompt" from the drop-down menu that appears and select Run as administrator.

The command prompt launches. Look in the prompt's title bar -- it will read "Administrator: Command Prompt."

At the command prompt, type net user administrator /active:yes and press the Enter key. That turns on the hidden administrator account. It will appear on the Windows 10 login screen and on the Start menu screen -- just click it to use it as you would any other account.

If you want to disable the hidden account, follow steps one through three, and at the command prompt, type net user administrator /active:no and press the Enter key.

 

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