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Chapter 25. Managing Users > User Account Types

User Account Types

Each user identifies him- or herself to Windows with a username and an optional password. Windows keeps track of each user in its list of accounts, or known users. For each user, Windows associates information such as whether the user has Administrative privileges, the user’s desktop and sound preferences, and the location of the user’s My Documents file folder.

When you installed Windows XP Home Edition, you had the opportunity to enter the names of several users. At that time, Windows created accounts for each person. These users were all designated Computer Administrators, which means that when logged on they can install hardware and software, create and delete any other user’s account, view any file on the computer, and in general, do just about anything they want. Computer Administrator users can do anything. This is just like Windows 95, 98, and Me in that regard.


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