Setting Up Multiple Users. To
begin, click Start, Settings, Control Panel, and then Passwords. Click the User
Profiles tab and select the second option that allows users to customize their
own Desktop settings. In the User Profile Settings section, the first option to
include Desktop icons and Network Neighborhood is checked as the default. Decide
if you’d like to keep that option checked and decide if you’d like the Start
menu and Program groups to be available in user settings. When finished, click
OK. You may be required to restart your computer at this time.
After your system has rebooted, you will need to set up your user profiles. In the Control Panel, click Users. In the window that appears, click Next to begin adding users. For each user, you will be prompted for such information as a User name and Password, as well as the items that are to appear on the Desktop when that user logs into the system. When you’re done, click Finish and reboot the system again.
After the reboot, you will need to enter your user name and password to access your customized Desktop settings. Users may still use the system without a user name and password; however, they won’t be able to access or change customized settings within a profile.
If you need to change your Windows password, you have two options. First, you can go back to Password in the Control Panel. On the Change Passwords Tab click Change Windows Password. You will be prompted to enter your old password and your new password.
Confirm your new password by typing it again in the Confirm new password dialog box. Another option is to go to Users in the Control Panel. Select your user name and click Change Password. You will then be prompted to enter your old password and your new password. In either case, click OK when you’re finished entering your new password.
You will notice an Other Passwords section on the Password Control Panel. Here you can change network passwords. Ignore this if your system is not on a network. If you are on a network, however, be sure to talk to your system administrator before changing this password.
Password Protect Power-Management Features.
You can further protect your system by setting passwords for when it comes out of Standby or Hibernation mode. Standby mode is a power saving feature that kicks in, if it’s enabled, after your system has been idle for a certain period. The system is ready for immediate use when activated, similar to what happens with a screen saver. Hibernation mode is when the system is shut down while programs and documents are still open. The system saves everything before powering down, but when it’s restarted, the same programs and documents are right where you left off.