Chapter 14

Sharing One Computer with Several People

In This Chapter

arrow Understanding user accounts

arrow Adding, deleting, or changing user accounts

arrow Signing on at the Start screen

arrow Switching between users

arrow Sharing files among account holders

arrow Understanding passwords

Windows allows several people to share one computer, laptop, or tablet without letting anybody peek into anybody else’s files.

The secret? Windows grants each person his or her own user account, which neatly isolates that person’s files. When a person types in his user account name and password, the computer looks tailor-made just for him: It displays his personalized desktop background, menu choices, programs, and files — and it forbids him from seeing items belonging to other users.

This chapter explains how to set up a separate user account for everybody in your home, including the computer’s owner, family members, roommates, and ...

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