Create Power User account WinXP pro SP2

Posted on 2006-05-20
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I have WinXP Pro SP2.  How do I assign Power User priviledge to a User Account.  This was so simple under Win2K pro.  I am baffled why it should be so un-intuitive in WinXP.   thanks for any help.

Question by:zchuss
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    Go to Control Panel / User Accounts.  Double-click on the user in question.  In the drop-down menu (Other), pick the user level (Power User) you'd like to give the user in question.  That's it!

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    When I go to Compter Mgt console, I click on the Local Users and Groups folder.  Then I open the Users folder.  Then I click on the User Account to get the properties window.  Then I click on the tab which says "Member Of."  In there, I see the account is a member of Administrators.  But I want Power User, not Admistrator.  So then I click on the "Add" button to (try) to add Power User.  But alas, all I get is another window that says "Select Groups."  

    What then?  It is very un-intuitive and frankly, I don't even think Power User is even an option in WinXP Pro.  But I'll let someone smarter than me, tell me that before I give up completely.

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    You can do it that way too - when you get to the "select groups" menu, key in "Power Users" and you're done.  (Or just click Advanced and Find Now to see the full list of available groups.)

    But you can also do what I wrote above in Control Panel / User Accounts, which is a bit easier.  


    Author Comment

    I was able to use your instructions for the Mgt Console method, and finally changed from Admin to Power User (and now I feel safer).  I could not locate any drop down menu however when trying the Control Panel/User Accounts method.  The only two options they showed using that method were 'Admin' and 'Limited' users.  But you solved the problem anyway -- thanks!


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