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User accounts allow different users to login to the same computer but have access to their own files in their own personal settings. As the administrator of the computer, you have full control over those user accounts and what they're allowed to do and see. So, let's explore managing your user accounts now. In Control Panel, you can see we've got a category called User Accounts and Family Safety. So we'll go there. Now, at the very top, we have a subcategory titled User Accounts and from here, we can do things like add or remove user accounts.
We could change some of the attributes, such as pictures and passwords, but let's go right to the category User Accounts. Now, here you're going to see your own username. You'll see the type of privileges you have as the Administrator, for example, and Password protected typically shows up indicating you're using a password to log in. So, on the left-hand side, you can do things to your own user account like change your password, remove it, change the picture that appears next to your name, change your account name and your account type as well, or if you prefer, go down to Manage another account. Let's go there.
Now it's from here where we can create brand new accounts. For example, if you're using a home PC, and you've got your own account, perhaps the children should have their own login where they can go to see their own files, allowing you to control the type of access the children's account will have. So I've already created this new account, and you can see it's called Kids, and to make any changes or adjustments to this account, we simply click the icon and we see the same list of options we saw for our own accounts.
So we can change the password and by the way, if you change the password for another user account, you don't need to know the current password. You just type in the new password and a password hint, and off you go. You can also remove the password, so the kids don't actually have to enter a password to login. The problem with that is, of course, that anyone can login using that account. Let's go down to Change the account type. Now, probably if you're going to have a separate account for separate users, you don't want them all to be administrators.
In other words, you can see the two options here are Standard user and Administrator, and Administrators like yourself will have complete access to the computer and you could make any changes you want. You can install programs. You can remove files, files that might be important to running the computer, and this is something that any administrator account will be able to do. So for the kids you might choose a Standard user and it's almost the same as an administrator, but they're not going to be able to do those installations. They're not going to be able to affect other user accounts, only their own personal settings.
So I'm going to click Change Account Type and you can see now it's Standard user and it's Password protected. Now, at anytime you can also delete the account, clicking Delete the account, of course, it's going to require you to make some choices. You want to delete the files that may have been created by this account. For example, if logging in, in the Kid's account, Microsoft Word was used to create greeting cards, those files could also be deleted. You can keep the files. Or just cancel this whole thing altogether. So I'm going to click Cancel and we are going to keep that account.
There's one other type of account that is available in Windows 7. That's the Guest account. So, if you have people who come up to your computer, you've got people over, for example, who might want to use the computer, you can create this Guest account. That's actually created for you. You can just turn it on or off and you see here the Guest account is off, which by the way is the default. So, when we select Guest, our only option here is to turn it on. Notice the information that appears up top, just before we do that.
If people don't have an account on this computer they can use the Guest account to get into the computer, but any password protected files and folders and any of your settings that you've set up as the administrator will not be accessible to guest users. So they could, for example, open up Internet Explorer and start browsing the web. We'll just turn that on so we've that option. Each time we log in now, we'll be able to choose from any of these accounts. When you're done, all you do is close up Control Panel and you're back to the Desktop.
So, that's one way to keep your computer secure by modifying the access that other user accounts have to the various files, folders, and settings on the computer.
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