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Chapter 32. Managing Users > User Account Types

User Account Types

User accounts solve these issues by creating what is called a user profile. The first time a user logs in to a Windows 2000 system with his or her account, a user profile is created for that user. Understand that the account is what gives the user access to the system, and the user profile is a collection of all user-defined settings and the user's My Documents folder. You can customize your screen saver, wallpaper, folder views, even sounds without affecting other users'environments. The best aspect of user profiles is that they are automatic. The system saves all your changes to your profile when you log out and restores them when you log back in.

Note

If you are in a LAN environment, you should check with your system administrator before trying to customize your profile. Many times corporate LANs include mandatory profiles that prevent users from changing settings.



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