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Become a pro by learning how to create seperate user accounts in Windows XP.


This question was answered on October 23, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

In Windows XP Home & Professional you can create separate accounts for each person that will be using the computer This allows each user to have their own folders and settings such as the background, Favorites folder, Start menu, and such The User Accounts tool in the Control Panel allows you to easily create & configure these accounts.

Follow the steps below to open the User Accounts Tool:

1 Open the Control Panel from the Start menu

2 Then double click User Accounts

To Create a New User Account:

1 Click Create a new account in the Pick a task list box

2 Type the name that you want to use for the account, then click Next

3 Select the desired account type, and then click Create Account

To Make Changes To An Account:

1 Click Change an account in the Pick a task list box

2 Click the account that you wish to change.

3 Next, select the item that you would like to change for the specified account:

   a Click Change the name to change the name that appears on the Welcome screen

   b Click Change the picture to change the picture that is used to represent the user account

   c Click Change the account type to to increase or decrease the user's rights on the PC

   d Click Create/change the password to create or change the password for the user

    (this will also create or change the password hint.)

   e Lastly, click Delete the account to delete the user account from the computer

*When you delete the account, you are given the option to save the user's files on the computer.

Now you can have settings seperate from your children, spouse, and parents.

Note:This is not available on a computer that is a member of a Domain.

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Posted by Michal of Data Doctors on October 23, 2003