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Chapter 28. Managing Users > Creating and Managing User Accounts

Creating and Managing User Accounts

To create new local user accounts or to modify an existing account, log on as Administrator or with a Computer Administrator account. Keep in mind that you don't need to log on as Administrator to manage your own account.

CAUTION

Every user account in Windows XP has a unique security identifier, a long string of numbers called an SID. This unique identifier ties all security settings to the user account. If you delete a user account, you also delete its SID, and it can never be used again. Even if you create a new user account with the same username and properties, the SID will be different for the new account. The new account will not be able to view the old account's My Documents files. You will be forced to regenerate all security data, such as group information, set file ownership and access permissions, and so on. As a general rule, you should delete user accounts only when absolutely necessary for organizational purposes.



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