We will see how to use local users and groups on a Windows XP machine. local users and groups manages users and groups of users for your computer. You can create new users and groups, add or remove users to groups, reset passwords, and also disable user accounts.
You can even manage users and groups on remote computers on your network if you are an administrator.
Manage local users and groups
In order to do all of this we need to access the the computer management console.
- Go to the start menu at the bottom.
- Click on control panel.
- Click performance and maintenance.
- Go to administrator tools.
- Double Click on the computer management icon. This will open the computer management console.
- Click on local users and groups in the left menu and you will see to folders on the right. They will be labelled users and groups. See the screenshot below.
In the video below, you will learn how to manage users and groups by accessing the computer management console. You will see how to create new users, make users admins, and more. In fact everything you need to know is covered in this video. You can even see how to disable a user account if you know someone is on holidays and is not meant to be logging into the computers.
A local user or group is an account that can be granted permissions and rights from your computer. Domain or global users and groups are managed by your network administrator. You can add local users, global users, and global groups to local groups. However, you cannot add local users and groups to global groups
Local Users and Groups is an important security feature because you can limit the ability of users and groups to perform certain actions by assigning them rights and permissions. A right authorizes a user to perform certain actions on a computer, such as backing up files and folders or shutting down a computer. A permission is a rule associated with an object (usually a file, folder, or printer) and it regulates which users can have access to the object and in what manner.
More information from Microsoft
I hope this tutorial will help you manage your local users and groups in Windows XP.