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User Account

Although user accounts and user profiles seem interchangeable (and in many systems they are directly linked), the user account is distinct from the user profile in that the user account is primarily used to manage security permissions, while the user profile is used to manage superficial elements like the user interface.

In a typical computer system, the user accounts are divided between standard and administrator accounts, where in the standard users can use the machine, launch applications, and save data, but only the administrators can completely control the computer (including adding and removing software, adding and removing users, and other tasks).

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