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Section 10. About Sharing a Windows XP Computer

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attributedtothefactthattheinitialaccountiscreatedwithouta

password.So,yoursystemisn'treallysecurebecauseitboots

automaticallytoyouroneandonlyuseraccount,whichhappens

tohaveadministrativecapabilities.Youspecifythenameforthe

accountthefirsttimeyouuseWindowsandwalkthroughthe

processofaddingatleastoneuseraccountandactivating

WindowsovertheInternet.Thismeansthattheadministrative

account(theoneyounamed)isn'tprotectedbyapassword.It

makessensetocreateapasswordforyouradministrativeuser

accounttoprovidesomebasicsecurityforthecomputerin

termsofwhocanlogontoyoursystem.Ifotherusersneed

access,youshouldcreateuseraccountsforthem.



Tip

Ifyougotothetroubleofcreatingapasswordforyour

computer'sadministratoraccount,don'tgiveyourpasswordto

otherusersofthecomputer.Createanaccountforeachuser

(whichIsuggestshouldbealimitedaccount,which"limits"the

userintermsofinstallingsoftwareandchangingsettingsfor

otherusers).Eachusercanthendecideifshewantsto

passwordprotectherownaccount.Evenlimitedaccountscan

createandchangetheirownpasswords.



BecausetheinitialuseraccountontheWindowssystemis

createdwithadministrativeabilities,itfallstothisuser(you)to

createanyadditionaluseraccounts.Ifmorethanonepersonis

usingacomputer,itmakessenseforeachusertohavehisown

account.Therearebenefitstoeachuserhavinghisown

account,withoutevenfactoringinsecurity.Forexample,each

usercanpersonalizetheWindowsdesktopincludingfonts,

desktopbackground,anddesktopicons.



Note

AGuestaccountisalsocreatedwhenyouinstallWindowsXP

onyourcomputer.TheGuestaccountisturnedoffbydefault.

Itisdesignedtogiveausertemporaryaccesstoacomputeras

a"guest"user.TheGuestaccountcanbeturnedonandoffby

auserwhohasaComputerAdministratoruseraccount.

WhentheGuestaccountisturnedon,theGuesticonappears

ontheWindowsWelcomescreen,andaguestcanlogonto

thesystemwithoutapassword.



Therearetwotypesofuseraccountsyoucancreate.Youcan

createuseraccountsthataredesignatedcomputer

administrator(asyourinitialaccountis)oryoucancreate

accountsthatarelimited.Limiteduseraccountscannotadd,

delete,oredituseraccounts.Alimiteduseralsocannotchange

systemwidesettingsorinstallsoftwareandhardware.You

determinethetypeofuseraccountwhenyoucreatethe

account,andyoudohavetheabilitytochangeanexisting

accountfromcomputeradministratortolimitedifrequired.



KeyTerm

ComputeradministratorAWindowsuseraccountthatcan

changesystemsettings,addandremovesoftwareand

hardware,andcreateandeditotheruseraccounts.

LimiteduserAuseraccountwithoutadministrativeabilities.

Thisusercanchangedesktopsettingsandchangeherpassword

anduseraccountpicture.



Note

Hopefully,youcanseewhereIamgoingwiththisdiscussion.I

suggestthatyouhaveonlyoneaccountonthesystemwith

administrativeabilities.Additionaluseraccountscanbelimited

accounts.Thisarrangementprovidesthegreatestamountof

controloverthesystemandalsoprotectstheWindows

operatingsystemfromauserinadvertentlychangingasystem

settingordeletingauseraccountorimportantsoftware.I'm

certainlynotadvocatingthatyoubeacomputercontrolfreak,

buthavingoneuserin"charge"ofthesystemwillcutdownon

potentialproblemsrelatedtousererror.



Useraccountscanbedesignatedascomputeradministratorsor

aslimited.



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Ifyouareusingtheadministrativeaccountandcreatenewuser

accounts,youmustsupplythenameforthoseaccounts(see

CreateaUserAccount).



11.CreateaUserAccount

BEFOREYOUBEGIN



AboutSharingaWindowsXPComputer



WindowsXPprovidestheUserAccountswindow(accessed

fromtheControlPanel),whichallowsyoutocreate,edit,and

deleteuseraccounts.Useraccountsaremanagedusingthe

administrativeaccountcreatedwhenWindowsisinitially

installedonyoursystem.Toworkthroughthistask,makesure

thatyoulogontoWindowsusingtheaccountnamedesignated

forthefirstuseraccountonthecomputer.



CreateaUserAccount



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