Modifying User Account settings

When you click the User Accounts link in the User Accounts window shown in Figure 5-5, Windows 7 opens a second User Accounts window, similar to the one shown in Figure 5-6. This window can contain these options:

✓ Change Your Password, which enables you to create a new password (assuming you have one).

✓ Remove Your Password, which enables you to delete your password.

✓ Change Your Picture, which lets you select a new picture for your Windows user account that appears at the top of the Windows 7 Start menu. To select a new picture, click it in the gallery that appears when you select this link or click the Browse for Pictures link and select your own photo from one of your Pictures libraries.

✓ Manage Another Account, which lets you change your account type and add other users to the computer. Note that you can change your account type from Administrator to Standard User, which restricts your ability to make changes to computer settings that affect its security. For you to be able to make the change to Standard User, at least one other user account needs to be currently designated as an administrator.

✓ Change User Account Control Settings, which lets you change if/when you're to be notified of changes made to your computer. When you click this link to open the User Account Control Settings dialog box, you can use its slider to choose from the following four options:

• Always Notify Me When programs try to install software or make changes to my computer and when I make changes to the Windows settings.

• Default - Notify Me Only When Programs Try to Make Changes to My Computer: In other words, don't notify me when I make changes to Windows settings, only when programs are about to make changes to the computer.

• Notify Me Only When Programs Try to Make Changes to My Computer (Do Not Dim My Desktop): The same as the default setting above except that with this one, Windows does not do the dramatic "dim the desktop" thing used to notify you that programs are trying to make changes to the computer.

• Never Notify Me When programs try to install software or make changes to my computer and I make changes to the Windows settings.

If you want to add a password (something I highly recommend for any laptop computer you travel with) or change the current password you use at startup to access the Windows 7 computer, you don't do it from the User Accounts window. Instead, you need to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete from anywhere in Windows to open its blue Shut Down and Switch User screen and from there click the Change a Password option.

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