How to Create and Configure User Accounts in Windows

User Accounts are the mechanism Windows provides to enable users to log on to a single, specific computer and to control the resources they’re able to access. They allow each user to have their own document folders and settings such as the wallpaper, Start menu, visual style, and so forth. They can also be used to confer a level of data security, by requiring that a user is authenticated (by provision of a valid User Account Name and Password combination) when logging in.

This tutorial will take you through the steps involved in:

  • creating a new user account
  • deleting a user account
  • adding a password to an existing user account

Windows XP Home Edition supports three types of User Accounts:

  • Administrator accounts allow full access to all system resources and permit changes to to be made to other user accounts.
  • Limited accounts allow users to change own picture and to create, change or remove their password.
  • The Guest Account can be activated by an administrator for the purpose of allowing occasional users limited access to the system. 

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