How can I have two passwords for the same username with different profiles in Windows?

Meena Bassem April 25, 2013
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Ok guys I know it sounds a little bit wierd but I want to have only one user (or one user name) with two different passwords, with each password logging in to a different account (using the same username).

What I could do so far is to create another user and change some settings like this guide shows so the user enters the username and password and each leads to their way.

Is there any way to do it with the same username and different passwords? Any software? Or tweaks or anything like that?


  1. Nevzat A
    April 26, 2013 at 8:33 am

    The only way I can think of the similar usernames in multiple domains. E.g. "DOMAIN1user" and "DOMAIN2user" but I think it's not what you're looking for. As others said, you can't have a single user to have multiple passwords, sorry.

  2. Oron Joffe
    April 25, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    The username is the part which identifies the user, so 1 username = 1 account, and you can only attach one password to the account (even if you could have two associated with it, it would still log you on to the same profile). However, as Jan points out, if you can add the computer to a domain, then you can have two accounts which APPEAR to have the same username, but don't really, since one is account and the other is account, and these of course can have different passwords, profiles and security settings.
    All in all, this would be a lot of effort for very little gain. All your friend really needs to do is to create two or more accounts, one with his name, and one for the rest of the family (or a separate one for each member of the family).

  3. Dave Rimmer
    April 25, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Why not create another user account with you name with a 2 on the end then you will have 2 user accounts just sign in with which ever one you want to use.

  4. yudics
    April 25, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Of course you can not have 2 password with 1 username and for what?. the one username is only have 1 password, this is not debatable..

  5. Jan Fritsch
    April 25, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Like with any user database
    - usernames have to be unique
    - each username has a password

    So no, by default you cannot have the same username with two different passwords leading to two different profiles on the same computer.

    You could create variations e.g. "yourname01" and "yourname02" and each one would have it's own password and profile.

    Whether you use the welcome screen or the old username password screen doesn't matter.

    Explaining "by default":
    If you are running your own Windows Server you could setup your own internal domain and Active Directory then bind the computer to the domain.
    This way you could have an AD user "yourname" which you can use to logon and create a local user "yourname" to logon only to the local machine. Both would then have separate profiles.

  6. ha14
    April 25, 2013 at 8:35 am

    perhaps it can help not freeware as you will want i believe.

    • Meena Bassem
      April 25, 2013 at 9:33 am

      well, that's not exaclty what i wanted, but really nice to know there exists something like that exists
      but it's not exactly what i'm looking for. it's like the link i added in the question it's like having two users, each with a different password, and each has it's own setting. it's for a friend. he wants that for his computer, his family uses the same computer, so he wants it to be tricky and appear as if it's only one user but each passwords logs in to a different user. is it possible?

    • Bruce Epper
      April 25, 2013 at 11:10 am

      This solution simply allows multiple people to use one computer at the same time. It does nothing to change how user accounts are handled by the system which still would not allow multiple profiles for a single username.

    • ha14
      April 25, 2013 at 11:33 am

      well perhaps with two screens can be useful?
      What Meena asks is difficult because Windows cannot work like the way wanted, maybe if to adjust the NTFS permissions appropriately or perhaps one password is for administrator and the other user..

      User groups in Windows

    • ha14
      April 25, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      Hi Meena, the problem is that windows do not function the way you want to, windows functions the way it was configured to work, a single user on the login page cannot work with two passwords the reason is that windows can prepare only one desktop for each user. Windows cannot prepare one desktop for multiple users if login password is set on the login page.

  7. Rajaa Chowdhury
    April 25, 2013 at 2:32 am

    I guess a single user profile is associated with a username created in windows, storing his/her personal settings and personalisation. Therefore, what I personally think that what you are trying to achieve is not possible currently. Also a single password is associated with each username or profile as you prefer to call it.

    However, I am not 100% sure and maybe wrong. Maybe other forum users may be able to throw some further light on it, which I may not be aware of. I am just a power user, not a administrator level of technical knowledge. :D

  8. Christian Collins
    April 25, 2013 at 1:46 am
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