It is possible to create individual user accounts in Windows-based computers with the NTFS file system. NTFS highly depends upon user accounts and the permissions given to them. Before NTFS, the most widely used file system was FAT32 which did not offer great level of security. In Windows 98, in which FAT32 was used as the file system, there were user accounts, but still there was no proper security because any user could view and change the files created by any other user. But from Windows XP onwards, the security level changed entirely. Now if you do not have permission or access rights to any folder or file, you can not open or view that folder or file. All thanks to NTFS and operating systems which work upon this amazing technology. In this post I will let you know the purpose of the Administrator, and creation of Windows user accounts.

Administrator Account

This is the account which is created while installing Windows and is the super user of your Windows operating system. This user can do anything he or she wants to do. This account has full access to all the accounts, their settings, all the folders, files and settings of the computer. So in order to create other Windows user accounts, you need to login as an administrator. Moreover, while creating a Windows user account, you need to specify whether the new user will be an Administrator or a Standard User. So please be sure while assigning Admin rights to anyone, as he or she may make critical changes in the computer.

Creating a User Account

  • Step 1: Click on the ‘Start’ menu and then click on ‘Control Panel’
  • Step 2: In ‘Control Panel’, click on the icon named ‘Users’
  • Step 3: Over here you will find options to ‘Add a New User’. Click on this option and then assign a name to the new user. You can even set the access level to this user by making him an administrator or a standard user. You also can set a default password for this new user account which the new user can anytime change in future.

With these simple steps you can easily create new Windows user accounts. The steps given above were based on Windows XP interface but you will find a very similar approach in other operating systems like Windows Vista and Windows 7. Every user which you create will appear in the Interactive Login Screen and the user can easily click on his/her name and enter. Please note that when you create a user account only its basic entries are created in Windows. The actual registry and other system files for this user get created when the user logs in to this account for the first time. This is the reason why you see, “Preparing your Desktop” message on the screen when you login for the first time.