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How to Add Users in Windows XP

This is another addition to our Windows Basics section. In this tutorial you will learn how to add users to Windows XP. Adding users is a great way to keep your personal files separate while still having the ability to share programs.

First you will need to open the Control Panel by clicking the Start Button and then Control Panel.
How to Add Users in Windows XP

In the Control Panel scroll down to the Users Accounts Icon and double click it. (note: If your control panel doesn’t look like the one below you will need to click “Switch to Classic View” located on the left sidebar.
How to Add Users in Windows XP

With the Users Accounts window open, select “Create a New Account”.
How to Add Users in Windows XP

Enter the name of the new user in the box provided and then click the next button.
How to Add Users in Windows XP

Next you will have to choose the account type. If you want the user to have all permission then you need to choose the Computer Administrator option. If you want the user to have limited permissions you should choose the limited option. I recommend using the limited option; however, most people will use the administrator option. When you are finished click the Create Account button.
How to Add Users in Windows XP

You will be return to the User Accounts window and you should now see your new user’s icon.
How to Add Users in Windows XP

You are finished. If you would like to add a password or change any settings for the user simply click on the icon. To test the account you can either log off your current account, or if you have fast users switching enables, you can switch to the new account. From now on you will get to choose which users to log into when you restart the computer.