Windows XP: Setting Up Multiple User Accounts In Windows XP


How do I set up multiple user accounts in Windows XP? How do I add passwords to new or existing user accounts?


In order to set up a new user account, log in using your administrator account.

(If there are no other accounts currently on your machine, then you ARE the administrator)

  1. Click Start
  2. Choose Control Panel
  3. Click User Accounts
    Windows invites you to choose a task. Among the choices are Changing Accounts, Adding New Accounts, and Changing Logon/Log Off Options.

  4. Click Create A New Account
  5. Step 1 in the wizard dialog box that appears is to name the account. Enter the name you would like to appear for the user.
  6. Click the Next button.
  7. Choose the type of account, limited or administrator.
    (Users that have administrator access can make any changes they wish to the computer, those users with limited access however, can not.)
  8. Finally, click Create Account

In order to add passwords to new or existing accounts, follow these directions:

  1. Click Start
  2. Choose Control Panel
  3. Click User Accounts
  4. Click one of the accounts at the bottom of the window.
  5. Click Create A Password link and type in the desired password.
  6. Follow the instructions to set a password and restrict access to your folders.

To switch between the different users on the machine:

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Log Off
  3. Select Switch Users to switch between the different users.

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Category: Operating Systems : Windows XP     Platform: Windows XP
Document #: 524     Author: Echo Schneider    
Last Modified by: Joshua Moor on 05/20/2008