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Published on 01.24.06 by Brent Trahan

Create A New User

Learn how to create a new user in Windows 2000 and XP.

This guide will show you how to create a new user in Windows 2000 and up. There are many ways to create a new user. I’m going to show you one of the ways I like to create new users.

The first thing you need to do is right-click My Computer and select Manage. Click the + sign to the left of Local Users and Groups and select the Users folder on the left side of the Computer Management window.

Notice all the users are listed on the right side of the Computer Management window. Right-click in the empty space where the users are listed and select New User. A window similar to the one shown below will popup.

In the box to the right of User Name is where you type what you want that user to place in the User Name box when logging in. The Full Name box is that persons actual name. The Full Name box is optional. The Description box is where you can add a short description about that person. The Description box is also optional. Type the users password in the two password boxes.

Notice the four checkboxes listed below. By default it’s set for the user to login with the password you gave him/her and then they are immediately prompted to create their own password the first time they logon. After that they will have to change their password every 30 days.

If you don’t want this to happen un-check the box next to User must change password at next logon. Once you do that the other boxes will become available.

If you check off User cannot change password Windows will not let them change their password. Check off Password never expires if you don’t want them to have to change their password every 30 days. If you check off Account is disabled the user account will not work. This is good to use if someone who uses the computer needs to be locked out for some reason.

Below is an example of a new user being put in.

When you are finished click Create. If you don’t need to create any more new users click Close in the New User box.

By default a new user is not an administrator which means they can’t install programs and other things like that. If you need to give a user administrator rights double click on the users name in the Computer Management box and click on the Member Of tab. Click Add, click Advanced in the Select Groups box, and click Find Now in the next Select Groups window. A list of groups will show up like the example below.

Select the Administrators group and click OK. Notice the Administrators group is in the Select Groups box for you. Click OK. Notice that group is also listed in the users properties box. Click OK.

There you go. You have just created a new user.

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