Adding and Managing Users in Windows 8

This is where things get a little tricky, though. If you go back to the Metro PC Settings and tap on Users you will still see your own account information displayed at the top of the right pane. At the bottom of the right pane is a section called Other Users, which lists the other accounts available on the system. However, all of the accounts are grayed out and you can’t actually view or manage them at all--even if you’re logged in as an Administrator.

So, what do you do if you need to assign or change the password on a user account? How do you delete a user account you don’t need any more? What do you do if you decide after the fact to implement parental controls on an account?

Behind the scenes the traditional Windows Control Panel still exists.
Behind the Metro façade, the old-fashioned user account controls still exist just as you remember them. You just have to know how to find them. There are a few ways to get to the Desktop mode Control Panel, but the easiest is to swipe from the right side of the Metro display to bring up the Charms, and tap the Search charm at the top. Just search for “Control Panel”, and it will appear as the top choice in the results.

Now, you can click on the User Accounts and Family Safety group, and access options to set up Family Safety controls for a user, change the account type, or even delete a user account.

It’s not a very elegant solution for managing user accounts. The process for adding a user account seems simple and intuitive enough. But, Microsoft should also provide tools to let you modify account profiles, change passwords, or delete accounts from the Metro app.

You can change account types, passwords, and other details from the Desktop Control Panel.
The legacy Control Panel is familiar, but being forced to use it makes Windows 8 feel like it’s just Windows 7 with a Metro interface duct taped on the front. And, if Microsoft expects the legacy Control Panel to continue being a focal point of managing the Windows system it should provide more direct access to it rather than forcing users to jump through hoops to find it.

As a side note, you should also know that the default Administrator account installed with Windows 8 does not have a password assigned. Anyone can sign you out or change user accounts to log in as Administrator and have complete access to the Windows system. Your first stop after installing Windows 8 should be to go to the Control Panel and assign a password for the Administrator account.

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