How to set up user accounts on Windows 2000

Let’s continue to look at some more of the common mistakes that users make when trying share files and folders on a small office or home office network.

Let’s look at the example of several computers running different Windows operating systems. For example, one Windows 2000 computer on a network with one or more Windows 95/98/ME computers.

Let’s also say that the Windows 2000 machine can’t browse the Windows 95/98/ME shared files and folders or vice versa.

Here’s the likely problem:

The Win 2K computer must have a user account on it that can be used by the other computers when they log in to the network.

Note: Do NOT use the administrator account for this purpose! In fact, you should NOT use the administrator account for everyday activities at all. This is because viruses and Trojan horses that run from the administrator account can cause greater harm to your computer than if they were to run from an account that has lesser permissions and/or privileges.

Here’s how to set up that account:

  1. Click the Start button.

  2. Click Settings, then click Control Panel.
  3. In the Control Panel window, click Users and Passwords.
  4. In the Users and Passwords window, select the Users must enter a name and password to use this computer check box.
  5. Click Add.
  6. Enter the User Name and Full Name, then click Next.
  7. Enter the desired password (this should be different than the administrator password). Be sure to use a strong password.
  8. Click Next.
  9. Select the Standard User radio button, then click Finish.
  10. Click OK.
  11. Log out of the administrator account by hitting CTRL-ALT-DEL and selecting Log Off. Then log back in as the new user account.

If you can successfully log on as the new user, then the account is good to go.

Here's A Few More Related Posts:
  1. How to create a user account in Windows XP
  2. Access your PC from anywhere
  3. Know your networking vocabulary
  4. What to look for if two computers can’t connect to each other

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