Chapter 18: Managing User Accounts and Parental Controls
Changing Your Account Picture
Your account picture is displayed on the logon screen and on the Start menu. If you
want to change your account picture, follow these steps:
1. Click Start and then click Control Panel.
2. In the Control Panel, click the User Accounts and Family Safety heading and
then click User Accounts.
3. On the User Accounts page, click “Change your picture.”
4. On the Change Your Picture page, shown in Figure 18-2, click the picture you
want to use, or click the “Browse for more pictures” link to select any BMP, GIF,
JPEG, PNG, DIB, or RLE picture to use.
5. Click Change Picture.
When you use a picture other than a default picture provided by
Microsoft, Windows Vista automatically optimizes the picture and
saves the optimized copy as part of your personal Contact entry in
Windows Contacts. While it may seem strange to save the picture as
part of your personal .contact file, doing so is a quick and easy short-
cut for the operating system. Most pictures are optimized to a file size
of 50 KB or less—even high-resolution pictures.
Changing Your Account Type
You can configure your user account as a standard user account or as an administra-
tor user account. If you are logged on with a standard user account, you can change
the account type to Administrator. If you are logged on with an Administrator
account, you can change the account type to Standard User.
Figure 18-1. Changing your account name