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With the release of Windows 7 Microsoft has done a great job in maintaining user account management pretty consistent compared to Windows Vista. In this article we will explore the key differences and highlight some of the basic operations while managing user accounts s in Windows 7.

What’s New? ^


In Windows 7 a user can link their Windows 7 ID to an online ID provider. According to Windows 7 documentation, “Linking an online ID with your Windows user account makes it easier to share files and connect to other computers on a network.” The process is supposed to simplify access to a home computer from the office. The literature also states that it will simplify file transfers from friends and family that are not on your network…could this be an extension of Mesh services?


Another important difference between Windows 7 and Vista is a user’s capability to modify when and how User Account Control behaves. When introduced in Vista it was a target for criticism due to the increased annoyance factor when performing basic operations in Windows. It looks like Microsoft got the message and has improved User Account Control to give the computer user more say in how it behaves. Users are now presented with a screen that allows them to modify the sensitivity of the tool (see screenshot above).


In Windows 7 Microsoft introduced the Credential Manager. The Credential Manager is designed as a password vault as part of the operating system. Credential Manager can be accessed via Control Panel > Credential Manager. It can store website credentials so that users are automatically logged on to websites that require authentication. The Credential Manager also ties into the Online ID discussed above.

Managing User Accounts: The Basics ^

Adding a New User

1. Go to Start (the Orb) > Control Panel > User Accounts

Note: User Accounts is part of the User Accounts and Family Safety section


2. When User Accounts opens click on Manage another account


3. Click on Create a new account


4. Name the account, select the account type, and click the Create Account button


5. Your new user has been added.

Modifying User Account Control Settings

In order to modify the settings for the User Account Control you must first open the control panel.

1. Go to Start (the Orb) > Control Panel > User Accounts

Note: User Accounts is part of the User Accounts and Family Safety section


2. Click on Change User Account Control settings

3. Move the slider up (Always notify) or down (Never notify) to chose when to be notified about changes to the computer. (See the different settings below)

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4. Once you are satisfied with your selection, click OK.

As you can see Microsoft has made an incredible effort improving Windows. It seems that they have been listening to Windows users and are ensuring that their product meets their needs.

With this article we briefly went over some of the basic operations that most computer users will likely run into. If you have any comments or questions, please post them below.

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  1. [...] includes linking IDs to an online ID provider, and improvements to UAC. See the original post at: 4sysops - Differences between Windows 7 and Vista user account management Tags: Features, UAC Categories: WebLinks Views: 0 views Posted By: Joe Last Edit: 29 Apr [...]


  2. anonymuos 11 years ago

    Alas the best feature of Windows 7 was ripped apart, Guest Mode aka SteadyState.


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