Logging On, Switching, Locking, Logging Off, and Shutting Down
Logging On, Switching, Locking, Logging Off, and
No tour of getting started with Windows Vista would be complete without discuss-
ing logging on, switching, locking, logging off, and shutting down. If you’re an expe-
rienced Windows user, you may be tempted to skip this section, but please don’t.
Skim this section instead, because some of the changes aren’t immediately obvious.
Logging On to Your Computer
Windows Vista displays the logon screen at startup. The way the startup screen
works depends on whether you are at home or at the office:
• At home, you’ll see that all standard user and administrator accounts you’ve cre-
ated on the computer are listed on the startup screen. To log on, you click the
account name. If the account is password-protected, you must click the account
name, type the account password, and then click the arrow button.
• At the office, Windows Vista displays a blank startup screen after startup. You must
press Ctrl-Alt-Delete to display the logon screen. By default, the last account to log
on to the computer is listed in Computer\
username or domain\username format. To
Figure 1-5. Adding and removing features simply by turning them on and off