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Windows 7 - How to Manage User Accounts


Having multiple user accounts makes it much easier to share your computer amongst others in your home or office. Having separate user accounts and even a guest user account makes it possible for people to keep their document and media collections separate and secure. Having multiple user accounts can also be better for security. You can, for example, have standard user accounts for users who are not authorized to change important system settings while you can have a main administrator account for administrators to access when they want to install programs and drivers or change system settings. The following guide will show you how to create, delete and modify user accounts in any edition of Windows 7.

First, log in as an administrator. To access the user accounts section of the control panel, open your start menu and click "Control Panel." If your control panel is set to category view, click "User Accounts and Family Safety" and then click "User Accounts" on the next page. If you haven't got one already, be sure to secure your account with a password. This is especially important on portable computers due to the higher risk of them getting lost or stolen.

To create, delete and modify existing user accounts, click "Manage another account." On the next page, you'll find an account called "Guest." This is turned off by default. This account is useful if you regularly have different people using your computer, but they do not use it enough to make it worthwhile for them to have their own user account. If you want to enable the Guest account, click on the thumbnail beside it and then click "Turn On" on the next page.

To create a new account, click the link below the list of existing accounts "Create new account." Enter the name of the user of the new account. Generally, you'll want to create a standard user account. This is better for system reliability and security and, in most cases, there's no need to have more than one administrator account anyway. Click "Create account" when ready. Click on the thumbnail of the new account to configure it. Here you can change the account picture, add a password, change the account type or set up parental controls. This is ideal if the account is to be used by a child in your household.

Finally, it is also easy to delete user accounts. To delete a user account, click on the account thumbnail and click "Delete account" on the next page. Note that this option will be unavailable if you only have one user account on your computer. When you attempt to delete an account, you'll be asked if you want to keep or delete any files associated with that account. If you choose to delete the files, be aware that any documents, downloads, audio, video and picture files and settings associated with that account will be permanently deleted.

 

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