create and configure user accounts in Windows XP

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

You can create separate accounts for each person that will be using the computer. This allows each user to have their own document folders and settings such as the wallpaper, Start menu, visual style, and so forth. You can create and configure user accounts with the User Accounts tool in Control Panel. To open the User Accounts tool, open Control Panel from the Start menu, and then double click User

Accounts.

To Create a New User Account

A Windows account will only work on the computer it is created on. If you want to use a different computer, you will have to set up a Windows account on that computer. There are two types of Windows XP user accounts. Computer Administrators can change all computer settings (for example, installing software and creating new user accounts). Limited users can only modify the passwords for their own user accounts.

If you want to use another person’s Windows XP computer: Someone with a Computer

Administrator account on the computer will have to create an account for you.

Setting Up a Windows XP User Account

1. Click the Start button, then click Control Panel.

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2. Click User Accounts.

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3. Click Create a New Account.

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4. To name your user account, type in your Novell user name. Click the Next button.

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5. There are two types of Windows XP user accounts:

· Computer administrators can change all computer settings (for example, installing

software and creating new user accounts).

· Limited users can only modify the passwords for their own user accounts.

To pick an account type, click either Computer Administrator or Limited. Click the

Create Account button.

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6. You will be sent back to the User Accounts window where your new account will appear. clip_image007

To Make Changes to an Account

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

2. Click the account that you want to change.

3. Select the item that you would like to change:

o Click Change the name to change the name that appears on the Welcome screen for the account.

o Click Change the picture to change the picture that is used to represent the user account. You can use any image file on the computer for the user’s picture.

o Click Change the account type to change the account type to increase or decrease the user’s rights on the computer.

o Click Create/change the password to create or change the password for the user and create or change the password hint.

o 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.

Note: You can not delete the account for a user that is currently logged on to the computer.

 

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