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8. User Accounts and Administration > 8.1. Managing Users

Managing Users

There are actually three different User Accounts dialogs in Windows XP, each with a different design and “intended audience,” so to speak. The problem is that each window has a few options not found in the other, so no single window can be used exclusively to handle all tasks.

User Accounts

The primary user accounts interface, accessible by going to Control Panel User Accounts and shown in Figure 8-1, is the one that most users see. It’s large, friendly, and, unfortunately, somewhat cumbersome. But, given the “administrator” stigma behind user accounts, it’s not surprising that Microsoft has gone to great lengths (some feel too far) to make this window less intimidating and easier to use than its counterparts in earlier versions of Windows.


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