User Accounts in Windows Vista - dummies

User Accounts in Windows Vista

By Andy Rathbone

User accounts allow several people to work on the same computer in Windows Vista. To access your user account, you log on and enter your username and password. The user account logon screen is shown in the following figure.

Click the name of your user account to log on to Windows.
Click the name of your user account to log on to Windows.

When you’re through working or just feel like taking a break, log off so that somebody else can use the computer. Later, when you log back on, your desktop will be waiting for you.

Although you may turn your desktop into a mess, it’s your own mess. When you return to the computer, your letters will be just as you saved them. Jerry hasn’t accidentally deleted your files or folders while playing Widget Squash. Tina’s desktop contains links to her favorite Web sites. And all of Jim’s John Coltrane MP3s stay in his own personalized Music folder.

Of course, the first big question boils down to this: How do you customize the picture next to your username (see the previous figure)? After you’ve logged on, open the Start menu and click the little picture at the top of the Start menu. Windows conveniently opens a menu where you can choose Change Your Picture. (For ideas, click Browse for More Pictures and look through the digital photos you’ve saved in your Pictures folder.)