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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Microsoft Windows 8 by Paul McFedries

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Understanding These User-Account Doodads

In a sense, a user account gives everyone their own version of Windows 8 that they can muck around with as they see fit. This includes the following:

All the customization stuff covered in Part 4 of the book. This means each user can set up his or her own colors, desktop background, screen saver, and Start-screen customizations.

Favorite websites defined in Internet Explorer.

Email accounts set up in the Mail app or Windows Live Mail.

Not only that, Windows 8 also supports a feature called fast user switching; what this means is that different users can switch in and out of Windows but leave their programs running. For example, suppose little Alphonse is blowing away some aliens and Dad needs to ...

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