Configure XP user accounts easily with our video tutorial
It is a good idea to set up XP user accounts for everyone who shares your computer. We recommend using limited accounts wherever possible. Children, who are ever curious, are particularly likely to poke around in places they shouldn’t and change settings that might affect your operating system. Using limited accounts for your children also makes it harder for them to disable any content filtering/net nanny software you might choose to install. Unfortunately, a lot of older Windows software simply won’t run under a limited XP account. If your application will not run, we suggest finding a more modern alternative. If you simply must run this particular package, supervise usage of it under an administrator account.
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Make my files private? When following this tutorial, you may be given the option of making your files private. If you choose “Yes” this will apply some basic encryption to the files in your “my documents” folder. If you choose this option, make sure you do not forget your password, if you do, recovering files in your documents folder can be difficult.
We do not recommend relying on password protected accounts to protect your privacy or your sensitive documents. If you need to store and work on sensitive documents, please check out our PC privacy overview and our PC privacy tutorials.
For more information on how separate user accounts can benefit you, see Windows XP basics tutorial 12 – My Computer Mastered.
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