Learn Windows XP Professional: Managing Groups in Windows XP Professional (Page 6) Page 6

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

When you are not in a domain and you open the USER ACCOUNTS icon in the Control Panel, you are presented with the User Accounts view as shown below.

To change any of the listed accounts you would select CHANGE AN ACCOUNT and select the account you wish to change. It's here that you can change the password, change the icon (picture) that is associated with the account or set up the account to use a .NET passport.

The CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT option allows you to do just that.

The CHANGE THE WAY USERS LOG ON OR OFF option allows you to select either FAST USER SWITCHING (which is not allowed when the workstation is a member of a domain) or the standard USE THE WELCOME SCREEN option.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD] - Fast User Switching cannot be used if the Offline Files option is enabled. Also, once your system is added to a domain you can no longer use Fast User Switching, even if you log on to the workstation by using the local user account database.

As you can also see, there is no place here to create a new group. As I mentioned earlier, that would need to be handled through Computer Management.

You would need to use the Computer Management snap-in to delete local groups from the system. Windows XP Professional uses a unique identifier value to identify groups and their assigned permissions, so if you should delete a group from the local system and then decide it was in error, creating the group "again" with the same name will not automatically allow for all of the same permissions and access levels for its members.

When performing a group deletion, you only delete the group and its associated permissions and rights, not the user accounts in its membership.

To delete a group you would right-click the group name in the Computer Management snap-in and then click Delete. The users would still be on the system. If their deletion was also required as part of removing a group of summer users or interns, for example, the individual users would still need to be deleted.

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