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Chapter 17. Administering Your Computer > Managing Local Users and Groups

Managing Local Users and Groups

In Windows XP Professional, you can manage the access privileges and permissions of local user and group accounts. A local user account is an individual account with a unique set of permissions, while a group account is a collection of individual accounts with the same set of permissions. You can change local user and group accounts in the Computer Management window using the Local Users And Groups tool. This security feature limits individual users and groups from accessing and deleting files, using programs such as Backup, or making accidental or intentional system-wide changes. You can create or modify a user account, disable or activate a user account, identify members of groups, and add or delete members to and from groups.

Manage Local Users and Groups

Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.

Double-click the Administrative Tools icon in Classic view.

Double-click the Computer Management icon.

Click Local Users And Groups, and then double-click Users.

Click the plus sign (+) next to Local Users And Groups.

Click the Users or Groups folder.

Double-click the account you want to change.

Change the settings you want; add members if requested.

Click OK.

You can continue to change other settings.

When you're done, click the Close button.



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