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Creating Windows 8.1 different login for other people to use ?

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Is there any way in Windows 8.1 to have a separate local user account in one single workstation so that the user account is not mixed up and guarantee some degree of privacy ?
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Of course. Just go into User Accounts to create a new one.
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@ITSystemEngineer  - As Qlemo notes, just make a new account.

This is the same as it has been all the way back to NT4 Workstation and works the same way with the same isolation between accounts.

There is one important difference in Windows 8.1 not present in Windows 8 or prior.

Windows 8.1 wants to create new accounts as email accounts registered with Microsoft. You can change this to a local account in User Account Settings.

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Ok so in this case, can I use two different type of account ?

User A - local account
User B - hotmail account ?
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Yes, one account can be local, and one account can be Microsoft email (does not have to be Hotmail, but must be recognized by Microsoft).

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@ITSystemEngineer - Thanks and I was happy to help.

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If we concentrate only on "Is there any way in Windows 8.1 to have a separate local user account in one single workstation", then the question is answered. But continuing with "...so that the user account is not mixed up and guarantee some degree of privacy?", the question is not really answered.

You can only have something like privacy if there is no other administrator account on that machine. If there was, it would be able to see anything you do/save/create if he wanted to. So shared machines where one of the users has admin rights will NEVER guarantee privacy, not even "to some degree".
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