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Chapter 13. Managing User Accounts

Chapter 13. Managing User Accounts

In Microsoft Windows XP, user accounts make it easy for each person who uses a computer to have his or her own customized work environment. Each user can make all manner of settings to customize the appearance and operation of Windows—selecting a desktop background, color schemes, mouse pointers, and so on. More importantly, various program settings and options are unique to each user account. For example, Favorites (bookmarked Web sites) in Microsoft Internet Explorer are stored on a per-user basis and separate e-mail accounts can be set up for each user. And each user has a dedicated area for storing documents and other files.

User accounts also impose security—keeping one user from clobbering another user’s files, for example—that wasn’t available in the user profiles feature included with Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me).


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