How to Create Different Types of User Accounts Using Windows XP Professional
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How to Create Different Types of User Accounts Using Windows XP Professional

How to create different types of user accounts using Windows XP professional Windows XP professional supports three types of user accounts. The three different types of user account supported in Windows XP professional are: Local User Account- Enables you to access the resources on the computer where the user account is created. Windows XP professional creates a local user account in the local security database of the computer. The local security database authenticates the user. It is recommended to create user accounts if the computer is connected to the workgroup and not to the domain.

How to create user accounts using Windows XP professional

Windows XP professional supports three types of user accounts. The three different types of user account supported in Windows XP professional are:

Local User Account- Enables you to access the resources on the computer where the user account is created. Windows XP professional creates a local user account in the local security database of the computer. The local security database authenticates the user. It is recommended to create user accounts if the computer is connected to the workgroup and not to the domain.

Domain user account- enables the user to access network resources. The domain user account is created within the Active directory on the domain controller. Active Directory is one of the directory services. The logon information consists of username and password.

Built-in User account- Enables the user to access the local and networking resources and perform administrative tasks. Windows creates some default accounts during installation:

Administrator account- It holds the permission to setup an account or to change or delete an account. This account is used to initially configure the computer. Administrator has complete control over different operations of a local computer. Administrative access is used mainly for tasks, such as installing operating systems, service packs and Windows updates. The administrative access can also be used for upgrading and repairing the operating systems. This account is a member of administrative group. Administrator account must be used only for managing the computer and is not meant for daily use.

Guest Account: Allows users that do not have an account on the computer to logon and use the computer resources without creating an individual account. This account allows anyone to logon and use the computer. Thus to create a secure environment, the guest account must be disabled. Guest Account users have limited authority to use the computer.

HelpAssistance Groups- Authenticates users when the user requests for help to a remote desktop. The HelpAssistance account is enabled automatically when a user created an invitation for remote assistance and is disabled automatically after all the invitations have expired. This account is not available for normal  logon.

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