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Managing Logons and Users

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to:

  • Customize your logon in various ways.
  • Set up an automatic logon.
  • Implement logon policies.
  • Handle the rights and privileges of built-in account types.
  • Use advanced methods for working with user accounts.
  • Create and enforce strong passwords.
  • Share your computer securely with other users.

If you have Microsoft Windows XP set up in the simplest configuration-a standalone computer with you as the sole user-you might be excused for not knowing that Windows XP even has a logon process or user accounts. That's because, in the simplest-configuration scenario, Windows XP "hides" its logon and user features because they don't need to be conspicuous. But what if you're prudent (or even, let's say it, a bit paranoid) and don't want other people to use your computer when you're not around? What if you're concerned that a virus or Trojan horse program might gain control of your machine? What if you share your computer with other people and you want to keep your (and everyone else's) files and settings secure and private? For these situations, you need to understand Windows XP's logon and user features, and set them up to ensure peace of mind. This tutorial shows you how to do that.