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Windows XP - Create a new user


Welcome to this Windows XP tutorial for creating a new user. You may want to create a new user to keep documents seperate and secure from others usin the same computer.

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Windows XP - Create a new user


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.

Click on the button labelled 'Home'.

Windows XP user accounts dialog box, choose a task to add or remove users or change the way users logon to windows xp

You will see the box as on the left which shows a list of options and the existing users which in this case are 'User' and 'Guest'.

From the menu under 'Pick a Task' click the option 'Create a new Account'.

This will launch the next window

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

In the box for 'Type a name for the new account' you can type your chosen username which can be anything you want although it is common to use your own name.

Once you have decided a name click the 'Next' button.

We have called our user Example

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

You can select the type of user that you want to create.

You can choose either a 'limited' or 'administrator'. The 'limited' user cannot create or change user accounts and may need an 'administrator' user to install programs or access certain files.

Limited accounts are often good for children.

Windows XP user accounts dialog box, you can choose to be an administrator which allows change of Windows XP system settings

If you choose the 'Administrator' user then that user will have access to everything including the ability to install programs and add, delete and change users

We will select our user 'Example' as an 'administrator'. Choose your account type and click the 'Create Account' button

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

You will be brought back to the main user accounts screen that we saw before.

You can see that the new user is added alongside the other two existing accounts and that the type is a 'Computer Administrator'.

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






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