Creating Users Creating Users

9/13/00
9/14/00 Rev 1
11/24/01 Another Rev

First a little general philosophy.

I'm going to set up a little Local Area Network so you can share files between your home machines. Since you will be behind a firewall, I'm not going to use passwords to share files. Usernames and Passwords under Windows 9x are not for security. These operating systems have no security. They are used mostly to determine who gets the flowers on the desktop when you log in.

When we finish, you will turn the machine on and type in your name (if it isn't already there) and press [enter]. That's it. No password.

You don't need to know this, but if a techie asks, I'm going to set up a really simple fuzzy-warm Microsoft NetBEUI system. We'll put in the internet TCP/IP later.

You probably got Plug & Play network cards and they pretty much installed themselves. You put the Cat 5 cables in from the computers to the firewall and all the lights on the firewall came on. So the physical layer is completed.

It turns out that Microsoft Networking won't do squat unless there are actual registered users on all the machines. Just turning the machines on and "canceling" the password isn't going to do it. It also turns out that Microsoft Networking assigns a whole different pile of networking information to each user. So having one user per machine is probably the best bet. Three different people can use Nate's machine, they just all have to log in as Nate.

Nate should turn the machine on like he always does.

Start => Settings => Control Panel => Users

If this is your first time, the machine will start asking you who you are. Type Nate and touch the [enter] key when it asks for a password. A Carriage Return is a valid password to a Microsoft system.

Don't ask.

Update 3/31/01
Windows 98 Second Edition may insist that you use an actual password. The [enter] key may not work.

The Personalized Items Settings Panel is not changed. OK everything.

If you already have "real" users, you will get a different panel. Select Nate and change Nate's password to one smack of the [enter] key. Then close the panels. I'm not going to suggest that you *must* use the [enter] key as the password, it's just the handiest way to go. You can certainly put real passwords in there if you want. The down side of that is everybody might have to know what all the passwords are in order to share files. This is good if you are a business, but for the home system, it's pretty much useless.

It may ask you to reboot. Depends on phase of the moon.

OK. Now do all those steps to Rebecca's machine, Fluffy's machine and Bowser's machine, with Rebecca, Fluffy, and Bowser as the users.

"OK" or "x" out of all the control panels when you're done.

In the next installment, we'll set up the shared file system.


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