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Chapter 8. User Accounts and Administration

Chapter 8. User Accounts and Administration

User accounts have a much more prominent role in Windows XP than they've had in any previous version of Windows. Microsoft faced an interesting challenge with the release of this product, in that support for multiple users is typically a feature of server-type operating systems, and is often seen as a feature used only by network administrators. Since Windows XP is supposed to be a robust, networkable operating system, healthy support for multiple user accounts is a must.

But Windows XP is also intended to be suitable for so-called "home" users, who typically have little or no interest in user accounts, administration, or security. Whether or not Microsoft found an appropriate balance between the high level of inter-user security administrators demand, and the streamlining and simplicity that single users expect, is really a matter of perspective.


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