i just built a computer for my family with winxp pro, and in my opinion the user switching is the worst feature of xp. For example you can just type in administrator hit enter and you're in, doesn't matter if you have another admin account with a password, all you need to do is type administrator at the login prompt and you're all set. In addition to that crap, multiple user accounts just seems retarded to me, i mean it creates a huge clutter of documents and files all over the place. However, some have said that running as admin all the time is not good. What i was thinking of doing was to just have one account named family and keep it as an admin, but now even if i do that people can still access my computer through the admin account........so should i run it under the Administrator account and delete the "family" account to prevent this, or is there another way?
I would suggest that you have one administrative account, and that under your user name, instead of under "Administrator", with a password unknown to the rest of your family. Then a limited user account, as you mentioned previously, under "Family".
I don't care much for the Fast User Switching, either, and prefer separate user accounts.
is there a difference between the built in administrator account and the one i create for myself? why would i disable the administrator account and use mine instead, is there any advantage or does it not make a difference. I think i'm gonna give each member of my family their own account, but then i was wondering whether or not i should give myself a user account and only have the "administrator" account as the admin, as i have heard that running the os under administrator all the time is not a good thing.
Well, from what I can ascertain from your first post, you are running the computer with Administrator as the default log-in and with a blank password, which is definitely a security risk. Which is why I suggested setting up an Administrator account in your name or with your chosen user name and a password that is not easily guessed at, which precludes using your birthday, real name ... you know, something easily figured out by a hacker.
Of course, I'm also under the impression that you would like to restrict the access of certain members of your family, which means not giving them administrative privileges, so changing the default log-in and password would be a good step in that direction. You'll notice that it is also mentioned in one of the links I included that users can be forced to use Ctrl+Alt+Del before logging in, if you prefer.
A great deal of this can be controlled by going to Start\Run, and typing in gpedit.msc, which is the Group Policy Editor.
i think i am just going to use one administrative account called family and disable the built in account. This way we don't have to keep logging in and out and i don't have to access the admin account for them to install programs and stuff like that. I created a limited user account but was unable to open certain programs and install programs. It's definitely much less of a hassle to just create one password protected admin account. It's not like we're storing sensetive data on the computer anyway.