How to Set Up Multiple Users on a PC

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Setting up separate accounts on a shared PC will help to keep documents like pictures and assignments organized, and will make it much easier to keep track both of tomorrow's homework and next week's budget proposal.

Step By Step

1. Click the Windows Orb to open the Start Menu and click Control Panel.

2. If you are using the Classic View, click the icon labeled "User Accounts." It is usually accompanied by an icon of two cartoon people. If you are using the new control panel that is the standard in Vista and Windows 7, click the "Add or remove user accounts" text under the "User Accounts and Family Safety" heading. This will take you to the Manage Accounts screen, which will allow you to modify your user accounts later by adding a password and changing the access settings.

3. Click the "Create a new account" text under the large box displaying the current users.

4. Label the new account with the appropriate name. Give each user account a name that accurately describes what it will be used for. For instance, if one account is for adults and another is for children, label the new account "Kids." You can also create one account for home use, like playing games or sending e-mail, and one account for business-related work.

5. Choose the account type. There are two options here, a Standard Account, and an Administrator Account. A Standard Account will be able to access programs and install and remove programs, but will not be able to make changes that will affect all of the users or which may jeopardize the security of the computer. Administrator Accounts have complete control over the computer; however, it may require password verification to prevent unwanted alterations to the system.

6. Add a password to the account by clicking on the desired account on the Manage Accounts screen. Click the "Create a password" text, and then enter the appropriate information in the boxes provided. Click the Create Password button to complete the process.

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