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For Seniors: Create a Windows 7 User Account

Windows 7 allows you to create different user accounts so each person who uses the computer can work with his or her personal Windows environment. After multiple user accounts are created, each user of that computer must select the account he or she wishes to use when logging on.

Each user account can be password protected so that each environment and its files can be given an extra level of security if desired.


Choose Start→Control Panel.

The Control Panel window appears.


Click the Add or Remove User Accounts link.

The Manage Accounts window appears.


Click the Create a New Account link.

The Create New Account window appears.


Enter an account name, and then select the type of account you want to create.

You can choose to create an Administrator account, which allows the user to do things like create and change accounts and install programs, or a Standard user account which restricts the user from doing the tasks an administrator can.


Click the Create Account button.

The new user account is created. Close the Control Panel by clicking the X symbol in the upper-right corner of the window.

When you log onto Windows from now on, you'll be presented with a choice of accounts. Click the icon for the account you want to use, and type the password (if there is one) to log on. The Windows environment changes to reflect the settings (such as the desktop wallpaper) that user chose.

After you create an account, you can make changes to it, such as assigning a password or changing the account type, by double-clicking it in the Manage Accounts window and following the links listed there.

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