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12-01-2003, 02:29 PM
If you go to Run and type "control userpasswords2", it brings up a different box than the one you can get to through control panel normally. Is there a way to get to this one without using the Run dialog?

Babe Ruth
12-01-2003, 03:35 PM

Right MouseClick on desktop
In the "Type the location of the item:" box put control userpasswords2
Click NEXT
In the "Type a name for this shortcut:" box put something like Manage Users
If you want to change the icon of this short cut then Right MouseClick the new shortcut and select PROPERTIES | CHANGE ICON
Click OK to the Warning message box that appears
Select an appropriate icon from the %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll that is displayed and click OK

All done...

Cheers, Babe.

12-01-2003, 04:27 PM
oh good idea...but why don't they just put it in the control panel?

Babe Ruth
12-01-2003, 04:31 PM

I haven't gotten round to doing that yet myself!! :-)


Babe Ruth
12-01-2003, 05:03 PM
Tango, Just to give you an idea:

The Workgroup version (not available in domain environment) is control userpasswords and the Windows 2000/domain version is control userpasswords2

So if you WANT to put the previous Userpasswords in the Control Panel then you will would need to modify the System Registry


Babe Ruth
12-01-2003, 05:06 PM
Tango, And what the heck for those WinXP Home users who want to do such things as modify the local Administrator name etc:

Because the Local Security Settings snap-in isn't available in Windows XP Home Edition, you can't use it to change the name of the Administrator account. However, you can change the user name by launching the Windows 2000-style User Accounts. At a command prompt, type control userpasswords2. Then select Administrator and click Properties. Be sure you change the user name, not the full name.