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How to create a new user in Windows XP?

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To create a new user in Windows XP you need to be logged in with administrator rights.

By default Windows XP gives the first account that was set up administrator rights. It isn’t a good idea to log in as an administrator for all your work.

  1. Log in to Windows as a user with administrator rights. How do you know if you have administrator rights? Don’t worry, we’ll get to that shortly.
  2. Click the Start button and then right-click My Computer which will be on the right side of the Start menu. This will pop up a menu.
  3. Click Manage on the pop-up menu to open the Computer Management console.
  4. In the left pane of the Computer Management window, click the plus sign next to Local Users and Groups to expand it.
  5. Now click on the Users folder to highlight it.
  6. Now we’ll find out if you’re logged in as a user with administrator rights. If you don’t know who you’re logged in as, click the Start button once to open the start menu. The user name you are logged in as will be at the top of the Start menu. In the right pane of the Computer Management console window, double-click the user name that you are logged in as to open the user properties window for that user.
  7. Click the Member Of tab. You should see Administrators listed in the Member of: section of that window. If you don’t have Administrator listed in this section, you’ll need to check other users properties until you find one that is in the administrator group, then log out of Windows and log back in as a user with administrator rights.
  8. Are you logged in as a user with administrator rights? Good. Now let’s create a new user. Right-click on the Users folder in the left pane of the Computer Management console.
  9. Click New User… from the pop-up menu to open the New User creation window.
  10. Fill in the User name: text box. This is the name the user will log in with. If you use spaces in the name, it could cause confusion for a few reasons. For instance, if you have John Smith and John Jones as users, Windows will list both users as simply John at the login screen.
    You can use up to 20 characters for a user name except for the following characters: ” /  [ ] : ; | = , + * ? < >
    You are allowed to use spaces, but due to my “old school” ways I don’t use them for reasons mentioned above.
  11. Enter the password to be used for this user in the Password: text box. Confirm the password in the Confirm password: text box.
  12. Now for some administrative decisions: if this was a temporary password and you want the user to create his or her own password, leave the checkmark in the box next to User must change password at next logon and click the Create button. You’re done. If you don’t want the user to change the password, uncheck that box and check the box next to User cannot change password. If you want this password to be permanent, check the box next to Password never expires otherwise Windows will periodically force a password change.
    The password can be up to 127 characters, but if you’re on a network that also has Windows 95 or Windows 98 computers, you may want to stick to 14 characters or less to avoid logon problems from those computers.
  13. When you are done here, click the Create button and then click the Close button.
  14. This user will have normal user rights. You shouldn’t add a user to the Administrators group unless that user is to perform only administrative tasks.

How to create a new user in Windows XP?