How to Modify Windows XP User Account?

Windows XP user accounts have different rights for different purposes.

You should log in as a normal user for normal tasks, especially for surfing the Internet.

You should only log in as an administrator when performing administrative tasks such as creating users or modifying user accounts.

  1. Log into Windows as an administrator.
  2. Click the Start button and then right-click My Computer. This will open a pop-up menu.
  3. Click Manage from the pop-up menu. This will open the Computer Management console window.
  4. Click the plus sign next to the Local Users and Groups folder to expand that selection in the left pane of the window.
  5. Click the Users folder to highlight it.
  6. In the right pane double-click the user name for the account you wish to modify. This will open the Properties window for this user account.
  7. The General tab will be displayed when this properties window first opens. On this tab, you can change some aspects dealing with the users password such as requiring the user to change their password the next time they log on, preventing the user from changing their password, set the password to never expire, or disable the account.
    This is also where you unlock the account if the user has been locked out due to entering an incorrect password too many times.
  8. Lets add the user to another group. Click the Member Of tab to bring it to the front.
  9. Click the Add button at the bottom left of this window. This will open the Select Groups dialog box.
  10. Click the Advanced… button at the bottom left of this window to open the Select Groups window in advanced mode.
  11. Click the Find Now button near the middle right of this window. On a workgroup computer, this will show all of the user groups available to you. This function on a computer as part of a domain is beyond the scope of this tutorial.
  12. Choose the group you wish to add this user to. In this example we’ll choose Administrators by clicking on it to highlight the group name. This is for demonstration purposes for this tutorial. You should only add users to the Administrator group if they will be performing administrative tasks while logged in.
  13. Click the OK button to close the Select Groups Advanced mode window.
  14. Click the OK button in the Select Groups (non-advanced mode) window to close it.
  15. Click the Apply button to finish the process.
  16. Click the OK button to close the user properties window. You’ve now added this user to the Administrator group.
  17. To remove a user from a group, open the users properties as outlined earlier, highlight the group you wish to remove the user from, and then click the Remove button. Click Apply and then click OK.

How to Modify Windows XP User Account?

You now know how to modify Windows XP user accounts. Remember, don’t add a user to the Administrators group unless it’s necessary.