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How to Create a New User Account in Windows 7

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Open the Windows 7 Control Panel
Control Panel in Windows 7

Open the Windows 7 Control Panel from the Start Menu.

In most instances the first user account in Windows 7 is the Administrator account. This account has the permission to modify anything and everything in Windows 7.

If you intend to share your Windows 7 computer with another family member or specifically your kids, it may be wise to create separate Standard user accounts for each to ensure the integrity of your Windows 7 computer.

In this guide I will show you how to create new user accounts in Windows 7 so you can better manage multiple users on one computer.

What is a User Account?

A user account is a collection of information that tells Windows which files and folders you can access, what changes you can make to the computer, and your personal preferences, such as your desktop background or screen saver. User accounts let you share a computer with several people, while having your own files and settings. Each person accesses his or her user account with a user name and password.

Windows 7 Account Types

Windows 7 has various levels of permissions and account types that determine those permissions, but for the sake of simplicity we're going to discuss the three main account types visible to most Windows users that use Manage Accounts to manage user accounts in Windows 7.

  • Standard User: Standard account users can use most software and change system settings that do not affect other users or the security of the computer.
  • Administrator: Administrators have complete access to the computer and can make any desired changes. Based on notification settings, administrators may be asked to provide their password or confirmation before making changes that affect other users.
  • Guest Accounts: Guest accounts are intended primarily for people who need temporary use of a computer.

So if you are creating an account for someone who is not very versed in Windows and may cause more harm than good while browsing the web, you may want to designate these users as Standard users.

This will ensure that harmful software trying to install itself on a Standard user account will require administrative rights before installing.

The Administrator account should be reserved for users who have experience with Windows and can spot viruses and malignant sites and/or applications before they make it to the computer.

1. Click the Windows Orb to open the Start Menu and then click Control Panel from the list.

Note: You can also access User Accounts by entering User Accounts in the Start Menu search box and selecting Add or remove user accounts from the menu. This will take you directly to the Control Panel item.

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