Checking a Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 user account

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Windows user accounts on Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP Professional and Windows 2003 can be either domain accounts, or local accounts. Only local accounts are available on Windows XP Home.

Domain accounts

  • In Windows 2000 and 2003, check domain accounts in Active Directory Users and Computers.
  • In Windows NT, check domain accounts in User Manager for Domains.

Local accounts

Check local accounts in Computer Management on the workstation concerned.

What to do

Opening Active Directory Users and Computers

  • At the taskbar, click Start|Settings|Control Panel.
  • In the Control Panel window, double-click 'Administrative Tools'.
  • In the Administrative Tools window, double-click 'Active Directory Users and Computers'.
  • In the Active Directory Users and Computers window, in the Tree pane, click the Users folder and select the user.
  • Right-click the user and select 'Properties'.

Opening User Manager for Domains

  • At the taskbar, click Start|Programs|Administrative Tools (Common)|User Manager for Domains.
  • In the User Manager - [your domain] window, on the User menu, select the user.
  • Right-click the user and select 'Properties'.

Opening Computer Management

  1. Windows NT
    At the taskbar, click Start|Programs|Administrative Tools (Common)|User Manager.
    In the User Manager window, select the relevant user.
    Right-click the user and select 'Properties'.
  2. Windows 2000
    At the taskbar, click Start|Settings|Control Panel.
    In the Control Panel window, double-click 'Administrative Tools'.
    In the Administrative Tools window, double-click 'Computer Management'.
    In the Computer Management window, in the left-hand pane, double-click 'Local Users and Groups', then click 'Users'. Select the relevant user.
    Right-click the user and select 'Properties'.
  3. Windows XP
    At the taskbar, click Start|Control Panel.
    In the Control Panel window, click 'User Accounts'. Select the Advanced tab.
    In 'Advanced user management' click 'Advanced'.
    In 'Local Users and Groups' click 'Users'. Select the relevant user.
    Right-click the user and select 'Properties'.

Checking if an account is enabled or disabled

  • Select the General tab.
  • Is 'Account is disabled' selected?

Checking if an account has administrative rights over this computer

  • Select the 'Member Of' tab.
  • Is Administrators in the 'Member of' list?

Adding a user to a group

  • Select the 'Member Of' tab.
  • Click 'Add'.
  • Highlight the group and click 'Add'.
  • Click 'OK' to add the user to the group.
  • Click 'OK' to confirm.

Removing a user from a group

  • Select the 'Member Of' tab.
  • Click 'Remove'.
  • Click 'OK' to remove the user from the group.
  • Click 'OK' to confirm.

 
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