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Key Points

  • User accounts provide a customized work environment, storage area, and security for each individual user.

  • The security benefits of user accounts are available only if your disk drive has been formatted with NTFS.

  • Computer administrator accounts have full control of the computer and all its files, whereas limited accounts provide greater security by restricting access to files and settings outside the limited user’s profile.

  • You create and manage user accounts with the User Accounts option in Control Panel. (If you have Windows XP Professional, you can also use the Local Users And Groups option in the Computer Management console for some tasks.)

  • To create a new user account, open User Accounts and click Create A New Account.

  • The Guest account allows convenient ad hoc use by occasional users without jeopardizing the security of your files.

  • To change an account’s name, password, picture, or other settings (or to delete an account), open User Accounts and then click the name of the account you want to change.

  • You can change an account’s picture by clicking the picture at the top of the Start menu.

  • If you don’t fully trust everyone who has physical access to your computer, assign a password to each account—at least to each computer administrator account.

  • If you have a .NET Passport (for access to certain Web sites), you can associate it with your user account so that you log on automatically to those sites.

  • Unless you make folders in your profile private, other users with computer administrator accounts can view, modify, or delete your files.

  • To make a subfolder within your personal profile private, right-click it, choose Sharing And Security, and select Make This Folder Private.



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