Monday, January 30, 2012

Creating another User Account in Windows

Creating additional user accounts is a good idea if you have additional people using your computer.  You should have one user account for everybody that uses your computer.  Having separate user accounts keeps everybody’s “stuff” separate and allows you maintain better security on your computer.  In general you should have only one person as an administrative user and all the rest as standard or limited users.

Windows 7

  1. Go to Start >> Control Panel
    start-menu-control-panel
  2. In the Control Panel click Add or Remove User Accounts, which is under User Accounts and Family Safety.
    Control Panel
  3. Click Create a new account.
    control-panel-manage-user-accounts
  4. On the next screen type a name for the account and select the account type, like I mentioned above, I recommend using the Standard User Account option.  Click Create Account when done.
    creating-a-new-user-account
  5. The account is now created!  I highly recommend you add a password for the new account!  You can find directions here: http://www.computer-skills.info/2012/01/adding-password-to-your-windows-account.html.

Windows XP

Creating a new user account in Windows XP is almost identical to Windows 7.

  1. Go to Start >> Control Panel
  2. In the Control Panel go to User Accounts
  3. In User Accounts click Create a New Account.
  4. In the next screen type a name for the account and click Next.
  5. In the next screen choose a account type.  Limited is recommend; however, it might be too restrictive!  Click Create Account.  Once the account is created I highly recommend you create a password!

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