Learn Windows XP Professional: Managing Users Accounts in Windows XP Professional (Page 3) Page 3
Adding USERS with the Local Users and Groups MMC
Adding a user is as simple as selecting Users from the left pane, right clicking it and choosing New User. You can also highlight Users by left clicking it and going up to ACTION on the menu bar and selecting New User.
Depending on your current settings, all you may need to supply in order to create a user account is a user account name. The full user name, description, and passwords are not required by default.
To set a password where one isn't used or to change one that is currently set, you would right click on the given account and choose SET PASSWORD.
You can also right click on the given account and choose ALL TASKS which leads you to the single SET PASSWORD option as well.
You can also select the user with a single left click and go to ACTION in the menu to bring up the same ALL TASKS / SET PASSWORD options as well.
[NOTES FROM THE FIELD] - Passwords are not required by default but are always a recommended best practice.
There may be a local policy set by some other administrator or, if your system is in a Domain, a Domain policy setting, which may force you to use settings that are NOT normally required by default.
For example, if you try to create an account that has a password policy in place and you do not meet the minimum requirements for password creation, you will be presented with an error message that looks like this:
Adding GROUPS with the Local Users and Groups MMC
Adding groups is performed in much the same manner. You can select Groups from the left pane, right click it and choose New Group. You can also highlight Groups by left clicking it and going up to ACTION on the menu and selecting New Group.
All that is required for creating a Group is the name. Descriptions do not need to be entered for the group nor do you need to add any members.