Windows User Accounts – How to Set Up and Manage User Accounts on Your Windows Computer

Most computer users are using a version of Windows that allows for more than one person to user the computer, each person with his or her own User Account with folders for Pictures, Documents, Downloads, etc.

Usually our individual User Account is identified by our name, depending on information input into Windows during initial setup of the computer. Sometimes our User Account may be named “Owner” or some other generic term. Almost always the first User Account set up is an “Administrator” account, which has full control over the operating system.

Many households have a separate individual User Account for each of two spouses, as in the case of married couples, or a parent and offspring living under the same roof.

For occasional visitors, there also is an optional User Account available to use, known as Guest Account. This option can be activated or deactivated. It is intended for family members, friends or house guests to use the computer without gaining access to the main users’ files, and without being able to install programs, change settings, or use various system controls.

In some cases a computer has an activated Administrator account, typically called “Admin” or “Administrator”. If your computer does not have this set up, I do recommend it as a safeguard. Keeping a “spare” password-restricted Administrator Account can facilitate running system repair or restore functions if your regular User Account becomes corrupted or inaccessible.

The above comments apply to Windows systems in general. In the case of Windows 10, there are new features being used for User identification and access, such as email-based Microsoft account passwords, PIN number options, and biometric access.

I recommend going into the User Accounts area only if you are comfortable with your own proficiency in managing Windows settings.

As always, one of the most important things for any computer user is to keep a clear record of your computer password, your email password, and other important passwords in a place and form that you can retrieve them easily when necessary.

These comments and the topical material referenced below are geared for Windows 10 but may be helpful too for users of earlier Windows versions.

For those of you who enjoy a bit of sleuthing, following below are topics related Windows 10 User Management features. If you go to the tenforums.com site linked below, you’ll find tutorial pages on the topics listed. The topics list is geared for Windows 10 but may be helpful too for users of earlier Windows versions. You can find comparable information for earlier versions of Windows on related sites that Microsoft has set up. Contact me if you need further info.

 

Windows 10 User Account Tutorial Topics from tenforums.com

 

·        How to Add a New User Account in Windows 10

·        How to Automatically Sign in to User Account at Startup in Windows 10

·        How to Enable or Disable User Accounts in Windows 10

·        How to Delete a User Account in Windows 10

·        How to View Full Details of All User Accounts in Windows 10

·        How to Enable or Disable User Accounts in Windows 10

·        How to Add or Remove a Fingerprint for your Account in Windows 10

·        How to Enable or Disable User First Sign-in Animation in Windows 10

·        How to Change Account Lockout Duration for Local Accounts in Windows 10

·        How to Change Reset Account Lockout Counter for Local Accounts in Windows 10

·        How to Change Account Lockout Threshold for Local Accounts in Windows 10

·        How to Change User Name of Account in Windows 10

·        How to Allow or Prevent User to Change Password in Windows 10

·        How to Change Password of Local Account or Microsoft Account in Windows 10

·        How to Remove Password of Local Account in Windows 10

·        How to Reset Password of Local Account or Microsoft Account in Windows 10

·        How to Apply Default Account Picture to All Users in Windows 10

·        How to Change Default Account Picture in Windows 10

·        How to Change Your Account Picture in Windows 10

·        How to Delete Recent Account Picture History in Windows 10

·        How to Add or Remove Lock in Account Picture Menu in Windows 10

·        How to Add a Picture Password to your Account in Windows 10

·        How to Change Picture Password for your Account in Windows 10

·        How to Remove a Picture Password from your Account in Windows 10

·        How to Replay your Picture Password in Windows 10

·        How to Create an 'Account Picture' Settings Shortcut in Windows 10

·        How to Add a PIN to your Account in Windows 10

·        How to Change the PIN for your Account in Windows 10

·        How to Remove PIN from your Account in Windows 10

·        How to Reset the PIN for your Account in Windows 10

·        How to Change the Name of a User Profile Folder in Windows 10

·        How to Find Security Identifier (SID) of User in Windows

·        How to Change a User's Account Type in Windows 10

·        How to Determine if Users are an Administrator or Standard User in Windows 10

·        How to Check if User is a Local Account or Microsoft Account in Windows 10

·        How to Unlock a Local Account in Windows 10

·        How to Add or Remove Accounts Settings context menu in Windows 10

Hope this information is helpful!

Arthur K. Burditt III

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