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Avoiding Fistfights While Sharing Your Computer 150 Creating a New Account When you or some suitably savvy geek set up Windows XP on your computer, the installation pro- gram asked for the name of one or more users. At the very least, a computer administrator account will have been created for the person who has overall responsibility for the machine, and a "Guest" account will have been created for temporary users of the machine. If there were other accounts created, you'll see the Windows XP Welcome screen each time you start the computer (refer to Figure 2.1). If you don't see that screen, then only the one account was created. In any case, if you're the administrator, then you're free to add more accounts as you see fit. Here are the steps to follow: 1. 2. 3. 4. Select Start, Control Panel to open the Control Panel window and then click User Accounts. Windows XP sends the User Accounts window over to you. Click Create a new account. This launches a wizard to guide you through the process. In the first wizard window, use the Type a name for the new account text box to enter a name for the user and then click Next. Choose an account type--Computer administrator or Limited--and then click Create Account. Changing an Existing Account If you need to make changes to a user account, what you can do depends on your account type: · If you're an administrator--You can change anything about any account, including the user's name, password, picture, and account type. You can also delete any account. · If you're a limited user--You can only change your own account and there are only three tasks you can perform: creating or changing a password, changing your picture, and setting up a .NET passport. In either case, you get started by selecting Start, Control Panel to open the Control Panel window and then clicking User Accounts to return to the User Accounts window. If you're an administrator, click the icon for the user you want to work with. The next few sections run through the instructions for all the available tasks. Changing the User's Name If a user doesn't like the name you supplied, or if they've changed their name or joined a cult, it's not a problem to supply them with a new name that's more to their liking. If you're one of the poobah administrators, here's what you do to change the user's name: 1. 2. 3. Click Change user name. In the Type a new name for User text box (where User is the user's current name), enter the new name for the user. Click Change Name. Creating an Account Password After you go to all this trouble to set up separate user accounts, you'll likely be shocked and appalled to discover a dismaying fact: Any other user can log on to your account just by selecting it in the Welcome screen. To get around this, you can protect your things with a password. Here are the steps to cruise through to set a password for the selected account: