How to Add a New User Profile in Windows Vista

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    Access the Control Panel

    Finding the Control Panel. Microsoft product screen shot(s) reprinted with permission from Microsoft Corporation.

    When several people share the same computer, it is best to give each user their own profile or account. This prevents them from accessing or changing each other's files and settings.

    Adding a new user to Windows Vista is easy, and this handy tutorial will show you how.

    1. Sign into an account with administrator privileges. The original account on the machine is set as an administrator by default.
    2. Click on the Start Menu.
    3. Click Control Panel.
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    Add a User Account

    Add a User Account. Microsoft product screen shot(s) reprinted with permission from Microsoft Corporation.
    1. Under the "User Accounts and Family Safety" header, click on Add or Remove User Accounts.
    2. Windows Defender may ask if you want to continue. Click​ Continue.
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    Create the Account

    Create a User Account. Microsoft product screen shot(s) reprinted with permission from Microsoft Corporation.

    You will see a list of the user accounts that currently exist in the system.

    1. Click on Create a New Account.
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    Name the Account

    Give the Account a Name. Microsoft product screen shot(s) reprinted with permission from Microsoft Corporation.

    In this step, you will set the access privileges for the new account, either as a Standard User or an Administrator.

    Consider who will be using the account and for what purposes. An administrator account will give the user full access to the computer system, from files and settings, to account passwords and any parental protections or other restrictions you may set. Because of this, accounts for children in the household should be set to Standard User.

    1. Enter a name for the account.
    2. Choose the type...MORE of account by clicking the radio button next to either Standard User or Administrator
    3. Click the Create Account button at the bottom of the window.
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    Edit Account Settings

    Account Management. Microsoft product screen shot(s) reprinted with permission from Microsoft Corporation.

    The new account will now be displayed with the other system accounts.

    You can change the password or other account settings, including the image associated with the account (the small square icon that is displayed next to the account name and that is displayed in association with the account throughout the system) at any time by clicking on the account name.

    As the administrator, you have complete control over the accounts on the computer. If the new account you just created is also an...MORE administrator, it will have the same control.