How to Set Up Your Computer for Multiple Users

By Techwalla Computers Editor

In Windows 95 and 98, you can set up your computer for multiple users, which means that each person will have to enter a name and password to get access to the computer. Use this feature for security or to accommodate individual operating system and application preferences for family members or co-workers. (For example, you and your spouse could each set different monitor resolutions and background patterns.)

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Windows

Step 1

Open the Start menu, click Settings, then click Control Panel.

Step 2

Double-click the Users icon.

Step 3

Click Next in the Add User dialog box.

Step 4

Enter your user name.

Step 5

Enter a password to prevent other users from accessing your settings or applications.

Step 6

Click Next.

Step 7

Make your selections in the Personalized Items Settings dialog box.

Step 8

Repeat steps 1 to 4 for the second user.

Step 9

Click New User.

Step 10

Follow the same process to customize settings.

Step 11

Repeat the process for each additional user.

Step 12

To switch users, open the Start menu, click Log Off Default, then click Yes.

Step 13

Enter your name and password, if any, to enter Windows with your settings.

Tips & Warnings

  • Generally, the first user will want to choose Create Copies of the Current Items in the Personalized Items Settings dialog box.
  • Open the Users control panel to change settings.
  • When you install new software, you will usually have to install it separately for each user.