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Working with the User Accounts Dialog Box

Control Panel's User Accounts window has one major limitation: It offers only the Administrator and Limited (Users) account types. If you want to assign a user to one of the other groups, you have to use the User Accounts dialog box. You get there by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Logo+R (or select Start, All Programs, Accessories, Run) to display the Run dialog box.
  2. In the Open text box, type control userpasswords2.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Enter your User Account Control credentials. Windows Vista displays the User Accounts dialog box, shown in Figure 6.5.
    Figure 6.5

    Figure 6.5 The User Accounts dialog box enables you to assign users to any Windows Vista security group.

To enable the list of users, make sure that the Users Must Enter a User Name and Password to Use This Computer check box is activated.

Adding a New User

To add a new user via the User Accounts dialog box, follow these steps:

  1. Click Add to launch the Add New User Wizard.
  2. Type the new user's User Name (no more than 20 characters, and it must be unique). You can also type the user's Full Name and Description, but these are optional. Click Next.
  3. Type the user's Password and type it again in the Confirm Password text box. Click Next.
  4. Activate the option that specifies the user's security group: Standard User (Users group), Administrator (Administrator group), or Other. Activate the latter to assign the user to any of the 13 default Windows Vista groups.
  5. Click Finish.

Performing Other User Tasks

Here's a list of the other tasks you can perform in the User Accounts dialog box:

  • Delete a user—Select the user and click Remove. When Vista asks you to confirm, click Yes.
  • Change the user's name or group—Select the user and click Properties to display the user's property sheet. Use the General tab to change the username; use the Group Membership tab to assign the user to a different group. Note that you can only assign the user to a single group using this method. If you need to assign a user to multiple groups, see "Working with the Local Users and Groups Snap-In," next.
  • Change the user's password—Select the user and click Reset Password. Type the password in the New Password and Confirm New Password text boxes and click OK.
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