How to create new user accounts in Win 7, Vista and XP?

It’s well known that several different people can share a single computer as each person can have a separate user account with unique settings and preferences, such as a desktop background and color theme. Here we will talk about how to set up new user accounts in Windows 7, Vista and XP.

1. Go to Start – Control Panel – Family Safety and User Accounts. And then click Add or remove user accounts under Family Safety and User Accounts.

2. Click on Create a new account.

3. Type in the name of the user and select the type of your account. User account type controls the files and programs you can access and what types of changes you can make to the computer.

Typically, you’ll want to create standard accounts for most computer users.

Now the new user account is created, please go on to add a strong password to this account and create a Windows password reset disk by clicking “ Create a password reset disk” on the left pane on the User Account window. To get to the User account, just click Control Panel – Family Safety and User Accounts – User Accounts.

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Windows XP’s Malware Infection Falls

Data released by the latest Security Intelligence Report from Microsoft showed that the infection rate of Windows XP fell by more than 20% during the second half of 2010, whereas  Windows 7’s malware infection rate climbed by more than 30%. This is really good news for those who still stick to Windows XP.

Despite of this fact, Windows 7 is more malware-resistant than Windows XP. According to the security report, Windows XP SP3 32-bit machines have an infection rate of 15.9 for every thousand systems, almost five times of Windows 7’s. Windows 7 32-bit computers have infection rates of 3.8 per thousand, and Windows 7 64-bit PCs have a rate of 2.5 per thousand.

Even so, I don’t think this will have great impact on those Windows XP users.  Why? Although Microsoft has already dropped XP support and released a desktop gadget alerting users of the number of days left in Windows XP’s, and the IE9, newest edition of Internet Explorer, doesn’t appear to have an XP install, there are a large number of people relies on Windows XP for daily computing.

In fact, Windows XP is still the most popular computer operating system after it has been introduced for 10 years. According to figures from Net Applications, about 54 percent of PCs are still running XP, while about 24 percent are on Microsoft’s 18-month-old Windows 7 system.

Apart from these common PC users, many knowledgeable information technology professionals still cling to this operating system for their desktop client needs.  Their reasons are very simple and some are listed as below:

* The Windows XP computer still works well. Even when they forgot Windows XP password or other similar small error occurs, they are able to fix this problem easily.
* Updating to Windows 7 will cost much time and a large sum of money.
*Some Legacy applications won’t run on Windows 7.

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