Setting up a new user in Windows 10

Tony Leather
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I want to change to a new user in Windows 10. How do I go about this and I would like to access all programs and data by the new user - it  would be ideally if I  can just swap users or is that too naïve!
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Windows from XP on was always meant to be used as a multi-user system.
Therefore, if there's only one use on Win10, it can be assumed that's the main admin user. That user can add a new user, either on User level (that user cannot install programs), or as an Admin (that user has the same rights as you, can do ALL the things necessary).
Users can always switch accounts, even when one is logged in (session will still be alive). If performance is an issue, log off first before the other logs in.
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Create new user with admin privileges, programs that are installed can be used the same as on old user. You can copy things from desktop etc, to you new user or use some program which will help you clone profile. You can always access data from older profile by going to c: or whatever your OS name is then users so in my case C:\Users there is all the data saved for profile.

For a software to help you with this you can try with this:

I still thinking that moving things to new profile manually will do the job if you know what you want.

All the best :)
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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If you are looking for a Default User (XP days) that can be used to create a new user, that ability died with XP.  I find it best just to create the new user the way you wish.  I have not recently tried 3rd party ways to create new users.

Lately, I have been using Transferwiz for this sort of stuff.  They have a professional and personal (free) version.  Its one thing to move your files manually and you can do that easily enough, but its a bit easier to get settings, browser bookmarks and desktop environment moved with a tool, like this. or one of the others mentioned.  

for Transferwiz see:


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