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    Multiple Users (XP Professiona)

    I have very little experience with multiple users, but I'm getting some now. I want my wife to be able to use my machine when I "borrow" her notebook machine. I've set her up as a user on my machine, with her desktop, special programs, etc., and I've got everything working the way I want it to.

    I've learned a bit about the "Guest" user, and I like the way it can be turned On or Off. That would be the perfect solution for my wife's stuff. If I knew then what I know now, I would have set her up as the Guest, and everything would be perfect. But of course it's too late for that. Two questions:

    1) Is it possible to fix her existing account so that it can be turned On and Off like the Guest account?

    2) If not, what's the easiest way to transfer all her stuff to the Guest account? (It seems like there should be a way other than changing everything one-by-one.)

    Hopefully,
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    Re: Multiple Users (XP Professiona)

    The Guest account is not normally used for interactive logins, it is intended for network access.

    It is very easy to turn an account on or off in Windows XP Professional, one way is to Right Click My Computer, select Manage, navigate to Local Users and Groups, Users, Double Click the username and set the Account is Disabled checkbox.

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    Re: Multiple Users (XP Professiona)

    Most excellent! Thanks.

    Now... is there a way to create some sort of shortcut to that screen, or some other way that I can show my wife VERY SIMPLY how to activate/deactivate her account?

    Also, since I'm talking with an XP expert... When I set up my wife's account, for some reason Internet Explorer was not on her desktop. I've put a shortcut there, but I'm wondering how to put the "real" icon back there. (I think the reason it's gone might be that I've removed it from my own screen. I use a shortcut on a toolbar to access it.)
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    Re: Multiple Users (XP Professiona)

    Right click on her desktop and select Properties. Click on the Desktop tab and then on the Customize Desktop button in the lower left of the window. Then on the General Tab put a check in the box next to Internet Expolorer. I'm not sure if that will put it back on your desktop or not, but if it does, simply right click on the one on your desktop and select Delete. HTH
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    Re: Multiple Users (XP Professiona)

    That did it for the IE icon! I'm sure I've seen that check box once or twice before, but that's a different thing from being able to remember what it does, then find it. Thanks for the help.

    For others who may read this, I'm still looking for the super-easy way to activate/deactivate a user.
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    Re: Multiple Users (XP Professiona)

    I'm not really sure that using Stuart's method to turn off a user account is any slower than the process necessary to turn off the Guest account. Are you using the Welcome screen ??
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    Re: Multiple Users (XP Professiona)

    I don't know what the Welcome Screen is. I imagine it's the screen that shows all the users when you power up. I might like to disable it, if that's what it is.
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    Re: Multiple Users (XP Professiona)

    To create a shortcut to User Manager
    <UL><LI>Right click the desktop and choose New > Shortcut
    <LI>Enter the location of the item as c:windowssystem32lusrmgr.msc
    <LI>Give it a description of User Manager (or anything else you want)[/list]StuartR

    PS. Why on earth do you want to disable the account when you're not using it. It isn't a huge security risk, unless you have a blank password or something equally silly

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    Re: Multiple Users (XP Professiona)

    PS. Why on earth do you want to disable the account when you're not using it. It isn't a huge security risk, unless you have a blank password or something equally silly

    I want to eliminate the screen that shows all the users whenever I restart, etc. That might have something to do with the Welcome Screen mentioned in one of the posts above. My wife will only rarely use my computer, so if I can eliminate unnecessary clicks, etc. while I'm using it myself, that will be a good thing.
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    Re: Multiple Users (XP Professiona)

    Go to Start>Control Panel>User Accounts>Change The Way Users Log On or Off and uncheck the box next to Use The Welcome Screen. Click Apply Options and then close the control panel and reboot. When your wife wants to use her accoutn she needs to boot into your account and then go to Start>Log Off and when the welcome Screen comes up log on to her account. That's it. HTH
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