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Local Account Setup During Windows NT Install

Article ID: 106209

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1

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During the installation of Windows NT, after you create a local administrator account, you may be prompted with a Local Account Setup dialog box giving you the option to create a local user account. The option to create a local user account during Windows NT Setup will be offered only if you choose to have your Windows NT machine be a member of a workgroup. If you choose to be a member of a domain during Setup, you will not be prompted to create a local account.


A local account is defined only on the local machine running Windows NT. If you set up Windows NT so that your machine will not be a member of a domain, you are given the option to create a local account. This local account allows you to log on to your Windows NT machine as a user account other than the built-in Guest or Administrator account. The local account created during setup will be a member of the local Administrators group.

Logon accounts on the Windows NT domain are maintained on the domain controller. The assumption being made during Windows NT Setup is that if you choose to include your Windows NT machine in an existing domain, you will most likely log on to that domain, and the logon will be validated by a remote server on the domain. Consequently, the need for creating a local account during Windows NT setup is less of an issue, because you should already have a valid user account on the domain that will allow you to log on to your Windows NT machine. You can use User Manager to create local accounts after you have completed Setup.

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