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Windows XP Pro: The Missing Manual, Second Edition by L.J. Zacker, Craig Zacker, David Pogue

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Local Users and Groups

The simple control panels you’ve read about so far in this chapter are designed for simplicity and convenience, but not for power. Windows XP Pro offers a second way to create, edit, and delete accounts: an alternative window that, depending on your taste for technical sophistication, is either intimidating and technical—or liberating and flexible.

It’s called the Local Users and Groups console.

Opening the Console

You can open up the Local Users and Groups window in any of several ways:

Local Users and Groups is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in. MMC is a shell program that lets you run most of Windows XP’s system administration applications. An MMC snap-in typically has two panes. You select an item in the left (scope) pane to see information about it displayed in the right (detail) pane.

Figure 17-8. Local Users and Groups is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in. MMC is a shell program that lets you run most of Windows XP’s system administration applications. An MMC snap-in typically has two panes. You select an item in the left (scope) pane to see information about it displayed in the right (detail) pane.

  • Choose StartControl PanelAdministrative ToolsComputer Management. Click the Local Users and Groups icon in the left pane of the window.

  • Choose StartRun, type Lusrmgr.msc, and click OK.

  • Domain PCs only: Choose StartControl Panel. Open User Accounts, click the Advanced tab , and then, under Advanced User Management, click the Advanced button.

In any case, the Local Users and Groups console appears, as shown in Figure 17-8.

In this console, you have complete control over the local accounts (and groups, as described in a moment) on your computer. This ...

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