Take Charge of Your Windows® 7 OS: Create You Own Account
Do you occasionally get goose bumps when you have to share your Windows 7-based PC with your family members and friends? Don’t worry about your privacy and data safety, as you can create multiple accounts in Windows 7 operating system (OS). Creating multiple accounts will allow you to have separate logins, which in turn will enable you to protect your data. You can even create an Admin account if you own the PC, as it will allow you to control all the accounts that are on your Windows 7 OS.
There are three types of accounts that you can create and each account can be assigned different levels of permission:
Generally, the Standard account is used to login into your Windows 7 OS.
In order to add a new user in Windows 7, follow these five steps:
- Open ‘Control Panel’ and click on ‘Add or remove User Accounts’
- Click on ‘Create a New Account’
- Type the new username and select ‘Standard user’. Note: Only Select ‘Administrator’ if you want to control the rights and privileges of the documents in your OS. It is recommended that you only select ‘Standard User’
- Log-off from your PC
- Once you are logged off, you will see the new account in the login screen. Select the account that you had created
These steps will allow you to create a Standard account in Windows 7. Standard account users can use most software and change system settings that do not affect other users or the security of the computer. However, if you feel that you need more control in controlling the rights and privileges in your operating system, then you can create a separate account as an Administrator. Users of Administrator account have complete access to the computer and can make desired changes. Based on notification settings, administrators may be asked to provide their password or confirmation before making changes that affect other users. The Guest account on the other hand has very limited rights and is turned off by default. You can, however, turn it on by going to the User Accounts window. A Guest account user cannot access documents of other users, install any software, or even create a password for the said profile.