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Create New Accounts: Windows 7


In Microsoft Windows 7, each person who uses the computer should have a separate account. Accounts can have either Standard privileges or Administrator privileges. 

The computer should have:

  • At least one account with Administrator privileges that is used only when an action requiring administrator privileges, such as installing software, is necessary. This account is set up by default.
  • An account for each user with Standard privileges. Use the Standard accounts for normal activities in order to lower the risk of being infected with malware.

Note: If your computer is part of a domain, your local technical support will set up the correct accounts and privileges. You should not change these without discussing it with your technical support contact. The following instructions won't work if you are working from a domain account.

Follow the step-by-step procedure to:

Set Up a New Account with Standard Privileges

  1. From the Start menu, choose Control Panel, and then click Add or remove user accounts.
    If you are asked whether you want to continue, click Continue.
  2. Click Create a new account.
  3. Enter a name for the account, and then select Standard user.
  4. Click Create Account.

  5. Close the window.

After you create the new account, you need to add password protection to it. See the step-by-step procedure, below.

Add Password Protection to an Account

  1. From the Start menu, choose Control Panel, and then click Add or remove user accounts.
    If you are asked whether you want to continue, click Continue.
  2. Click the account to which you want to add a password.
  3. Click Create a password for your account.
  4. Enter the password, and then in the next box, reenter the password.
    Use a strong and secure password.
  5. Enter a password hint if you want to use one, and then click Create Password.
  6. Close the window.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 12:53am

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