Thursday, June 23, 2011

I don’t like the account icon feature

By default, Windows XP assigns a random icon to your user account. This icon
appears with your user name on the Welcome screen and also on the Start menu. However, you can change the icons and icon behavior using the User Accounts tool in Control Panel, if the computer is not a member of a Windows 2000/.NET domain, which is a large Windows network controlled by network administrators.

To change the icon feature, follow these steps:

1. Log on with the desired account--> or if you are an administrator, you can change other users’ accounts.

2. Click Start--> Control Panel--> User Accounts.

3. In the User Accounts window--> choose an account that you want to change.

4. In the What Do You Want to Change About Your Account screen--> click the Change My Picture option.

5. In the Pick a New Picture for Your Account screen--> select a picture that you want to use and click the Change Picture button.

6. You are not stuck with the default picture list; you can use your own pictures or pictures you download from the Internet. Click the Browse for More Pictures option, and an Open window appears in which you can locate and use a picture of your own. Windows XP can use virtually any picture file format for the icon (for example, BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, and so on). This feature allows you to use custom pictures and even photos of real people. For example, you could use a picture of an actual person for each user account.

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