How do I set up user accounts and manage permissions in Windows?

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  1. Ali AlEnezi 1,051 Reputation points

    Sure, Ethanbrody! Setting up user accounts and managing permissions in Windows is important for maintaining system security and data integrity. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you with this:

    1. Set Up User Accounts:

    For Windows 10 & Windows 11:

    1. Open Settings: Click on the Start button > Settings (gear icon).
    2. Navigate to Accounts: Click on "Accounts" > "Family & other users".
    3. Under the "Other users" section, click on "Add someone else to this PC".
    4. Follow the prompts to add a new user. You can create a Microsoft account or a local account.
    5. Manage User Account Types:

    Once you've added a user, you can specify the type of account they have:

    1. Go to Settings > Accounts > Family & other users.
    2. Under the "Other users" section, click on the account you want to change.
    3. Click on "Change account type".
    4. You can set the account type to Standard (basic rights) or Administrator (full control).
    5. Manage File & Folder Permissions:

    To specify which users or groups can access a file or folder:

    1. Right-click the file or folder you want to set permissions for and select "Properties".
    2. Navigate to the "Security" tab.
    3. Click on the "Edit" button to change permissions.
    4. In the permissions window, select a user or group from the list. Then, check or uncheck the boxes in the "Permissions for [username]" section to grant or deny specific permissions (like "Read", "Write", etc.).
    5. Click "OK" to apply the changes.
    6. User Account Control (UAC):

    UAC is a security feature that can prompt users for permission or an administrator password before allowing certain tasks.

    To adjust UAC settings:

    1. In the search bar, type "UAC" and click on "Change User Account Control settings".
    2. Use the slider to select the desired level of notification/alert. Moving the slider to the top will notify you whenever apps try to make changes, while moving it to the bottom will disable notifications.
    3. Click "OK" to save the changes.


    • Always have at least one Administrator account that you can use to manage other accounts and system settings.
    • It's good practice to use a Standard account for daily activities and tasks to minimize the risk of malicious changes to the system.
    • Regularly review the permissions you've set to ensure they still meet your needs and maintain system security.

    Hope this helps you manage user accounts and permissions in Windows! Let me know if you have any more questions.

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