Windows® 98 User Accounts
How much do you know about the user accounts in Windows® 98 system and what role do they play?
Windows® 98 user accounts features provide a good way of managing the use of a computer whereby different users create their own profiles which they can be login in to access the computer and its programs with different privileges. Windows® 98 creates a single default user account with administrator rights the first it is installed. This account if not protected by a password is accessible to anyone using the computer. Windows® 98 like most other Windows® operating systems allows the administrator account to be used to create accounts for other users.
To understand more about the Windows® 98 User Accounts, it is worth reviewing the following important points: .
- The features and role of the user accounts in Windows® 98 system
- Known issues with Windows® 98 user accounts
The features and role of the user accounts in Windows® 98 system
The users icon in control panel is the access point to features that help in creating user accounts in Windows® 98. This to a certain extent allows privacy for different users on standalone systems as each logs in to their own accounts. Administrator accounts have more access rights over other users as they can access all the programs and data on a PC. Other users have limited access rights and can only access information within their accounts. The user accounts security is mainly based on password settings. Advanced security settings for managing Windows® 98 user accounts are created with System Policy editor; an optional tool added in Windows® 98 installation CD. This tool is more specific in assigning and managing access rights to all users by the administrator. It can go to the extent of preventing users from running certain programs. Generally, using the multiple user accounts in Windows® 98 allows the administrator to enable user profiles which lets other users to customize the aspects of their accounts. This is done by opening the control panel passwords entry then selecting user profiles tab from where at the bottom screen options to give others users control over are selected.
Known issues with Windows® 98 user accounts
While it is possible to upgrade from Windows® 98 to Windows® XP, there seems to be a problem with the Windows® 98 user accounts as passwords are automatically assigned to them and lead to users’ data getting lost. The only remedy with this issue is to backup data before upgrade.