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18. Create New User Profile

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Every user on your PC has his/her own user account. This enables the user to set up his/her own desktop arrangement and generally customise how the PC looks and performs. For security reasons it is important to have a standard account for yuorself rather than relying upon the administrator account. You should only use the admionistrator account for making changes to your PC, for all other user a stanadrd account is far safer. At least while you are logged on as a standard user anyone trying to tamper with your machine will be unable to do so beacuse they do not have the administrator account name and password - only you know that!

It is also wise not to let other members of your family use your account to access your PC. If they need to use your PC then make sure they have their very own user account.

To create a new user profile proceed as follows:

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. From the Start menu, Click the Control Panel option.
  3. In Control panel, Click the User Account icon.
  4. The User Account window will open.
  5. In the Make changes to your account window you will see numerous options, Click Manage another account.
  6. The User Account Control will ask you for permission to continue. If you are the Administrator then simply Click the Continue button. If you are not then you will need to obtain, from the administrator, the user name and password before you can continue.
  7. The Choose the Account you would like to change window will now open.
  8. In this window, Click the Create New Account option.
  9. Another window called Name the account and choose an account type will open.
  10. Type the name of the new account in the name dialogue box.
  11. You next need to select the type of account you wish to bestow on this new user. Two options are available, Standard or Administrator.
  12. A Standard Account bestows the following user rights: - Standard accounts enable the user to use most software installed on your computer and also to change system settings that are not linked to other users or are security settings.
  13. An Administrator Account bestows the following user rights: - The Administrator has complete control over the computer and can make any changes they wish.
  14. Having selected a suitable account, Click the Create Account button.
  15. Congratulations! Your new account has now been created.