Creating a New User Account

Updated: February 16, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

To manage domain users, create user accounts in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). In contrast, to manage users that are specific to one computer, create local user accounts. For more information, see Create a local user account (

Membership in Account Operators, Domain Admins, or Enterprise Admins, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at Local and Domain Default Groups (

To create a new user account using the Windows interface

  1. To open Active Directory Users and Computers, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Active Directory Users and Computers.

  2. In the console tree, right-click the folder in which you want to add a user account.

  3. Point to New, and then click User.

  4. In First name, type the user's first name.

  5. In Initials, type the user's initials.

  6. In Last name, type the user's last name.

  7. Modify Full name to add initials or reverse the order of first and last names.

  8. In User logon name, type the user logon name, click the user principal name (UPN) suffix in the drop-down list, and then click Next.

    If the user will use a different name to log on to computers running Microsoft® Windows® 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT® operating systems, you can change the user logon name as it appears in User logon name (pre-Windows 2000) to the different name.

  9. In Password and Confirm password, type the user's password, and then select the appropriate password options.

Additional considerations

  • To perform this procedure, you must be a member of the Account Operators group, Domain Admins group, or Enterprise Admins group in AD DS, or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

  • Another way to open Active Directory Users and Computers is to click Start, click Run, and then type dsa.msc.

  • When you create a new user account, the full name attribute is created in the FirstNameLastName format by default. The full name attribute also governs the display name format that is shown in the global address list. You can change the display name format by using ADSI Edit. If you change the display name format, the full name format will also change. For more information, see article 250455 in the Microsoft Knowledge Base (

  • You can also perform the task in this procedure by using the Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell™. To open the Active Directory module, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell. For more information, see Create a New User Account ( For more information about Windows PowerShell, see Windows PowerShell (