Learn Windows XP Professional: Managing Groups in Windows XP Professional (Page 2) Page 2

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Jul 23, 2002

Using the Local Users and Groups Snap-in

Groups are used in Windows XP Professional (and other Microsoft operating systems) as collection points for user accounts to aid in simplifying system administration by allowing you to assign permissions and rights to the group of users rather than to each user account individually.

Local groups are used on individual systems to assign permissions to resources on that specific computer. Local groups are created and administered in the local security database on Windows XP Professional systems.

You would normally need to be a local administrator to perform most system configuration functions (even just taking a look at the current configuration settings in some instances) on a Windows XP Professional system, and in some cases, 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 prevent you from performing some actions.

To manage local users and groups you can use the Local Users and Groups MMC, and you can access this tool a number of different ways.

One way is to select Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Manage, which will open the Computer Management MMC. Under the System tools icon, click Local Users and Groups to open the Local Users and Groups MMC.

You can also type compmgmt.msc in the RUN box or from a command line to launch the Computer Management MMC.

[NOTES FROM THE FIELD] - What your Start Menu options look like all depend on how you have the menu set. If you are using the Classic Start Menu, you would not see My Computer as a selection to right click on. Your options would be to click Start, select Administrative Tools and then select Computer Management. Not a whole lot different, but perhaps just enough to confuse you.

I seem to continually repeat this from article to article, but it is important to stress, the Windows XP Professional exam rarely tests you on Classic anything. You need to know how to get from Windows XP Professional settings to Classic and back, but in 90% of the cases you're going to find instructions laid out in the Windows XP Professional vein. I will do my best to point out alternatives in the [NOTES FROM THE FIELD] section as I have done here.

If you want to directly open the Local Users and Groups MMC you can type lusrmgr.msc from the RUN box or from a command line. This will run the tool independently from the Computer Management MMC.

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