Better understand Windows 7 user accounts and Windows 7 parental controls in this free lesson.
With Windows 7, everyone who uses your computer can have their own user account. This allows each person to have his or her own settings, and it allows you to set up Parental Controls to limit the types of games and programs your children are able to use.
In this lesson, you will learn how to create new user accounts, change account settings, and set up Parental Controls for your children's accounts.
If you wanted to, you could have a single account on your computer that everyone could use. But having multiple accounts has some advantages. If each user has his or her own account, then each person will have his or her own desktop for organizing files and folders. Each person also will be able to choose a specific desktop background, along with other personalization features. In addition, parents will be able to set Parental Controls for each child's account.
Before you start making new user accounts, it's important to understand the two types of accounts:
As you can see, Administrator accounts are more powerful. But for the same reason, Standard accounts are safer, so they are generally better for everyday use. In fact, you can make Administrator-level changes while logged into a Standard account; you will just need to provide an Administrator password when making the changes.