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Windows XP - Change a users profile picture


Welcome to this Windows XP tutorial for changing a user's profile picture. You may want to do this to personalise your profile.

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  • Click the images to see a larger version
  • Yellow arrows or circles indicate where to look or click
  • Unless specified otherwise use the 'left' mouse button to click



Windows XP - Change a user's profile picture


Start Menu button displays the recently used programs and the start menu which shows available programs. Access to the control panel can be made from here.

With the Windows XP screen loaded to the desktop you will see a blue bar along the bottom and a blank screen usually blue which is the desktop and normally has a recycle bin icon on it.

From the lower left side of the screen click the Start Menu button which will pop up and produce a vertical menu as pictured left.

At the top of the screen you will see a small picture with a name next to it. With your mouse click this small picture.

Windows XP user accounts dialog box, you can see the profile pictures that can be changed

You will see the user account dialog box appear. At the top of this box you will see two buttons labelled 'Back' and 'Home'.

The box should look like the picture on the right. If you are changing the profile picture for the user who is logged on the simply choose one of the pictures displayed and click the 'Change picture' button.

If you are changing the picture for another user then click on the button labelled 'Home'.

Windows XP user accounts dialog box, add and remove users, change passwords or profile pictures

You will see the heading for 'Pick an account to change'.

Click on the user you wish to change the profile picture for.

Windows XP user accounts dialog box, limit the account to limited user stops them changing important windows system settings

You will see a list of available options for the user that you selected.

The third option down is 'Change the picture'. Click the 'Change the picture' text.

Windows XP user accounts dialog box, limit the account to limited user stops them changing important windows system settings

You will now be brought back to the screen showing all the available profile pictures. From the available pictures click the the one you want then click the 'Change picture' button.

If you want to use your own picture then click the 'browse for more pictures' and choose the location and file from the dialog box.

Windows XP user accounts dialog box, limit the account to limited user stops them changing important windows system settings

Once you selected the picture you can close the user accounts box.

In the top right click the red box with the white X in it. This closes the user accounts box






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