An administrative account is created when the Windows OS is installed. To create a user account, open the User Accounts utility, as shown in Figure 1, by selecting Start > Control Panel> select User Accounts.

The User Accounts utility provides options to help you manage your password, change your picture, change your account name and type, manage another account, and change User Account Control (UAC) settings.

NOTE: Some features of the User Accounts utility require administrative privileges and might not be accessible with a standard user account.

User Account Control Settings

The UAC monitors programs on a computer and warns users when an action might present a threat to the system. In Windows 7, you can adjust the level of monitoring that the UAC performs, as shown in Figure 2. When Windows 7 is installed, the UAC for the primary account is set to Default - Notify me only when programs try to make changes to my computer.

To adjust the level of UAC monitoring, use the following path:

Start > Control Panel > User Accounts > Change User Account Control settings