XPpro on a Dimension 4700 with cable-provider modem internet.
As administrator I connect to the internet by clicking on a desktop shortcut to "Local Area Connection". The target for this in Control Panel/network connections/LAN or high-speed internet. This is where my Intel Pro/100 VE network connection is at.
When a guest or any non-administrator user attempts to access the internet, access to control panel and network connections is not available. Any shortcut to the LAN that I try to place on the desktop for a guest account does not work. I have been unable to find anyway for anyone other than the administrator to access the internet. This means that everyone in the family, adult and child alike, has to log on as the administrator. Doesn't this negate the purpose of having multiple accounts?
The only other solution is for the administrator to never disconnect, which leaves the connection intact for others. But, it doesn't seem right that I should be connected to the internet 24/7, on the off-chance that one day someone might need it.
YOU WROTE: "That doesn't make sense. to get on the internet all they need is a browser - Internet Explorer, Firefox"
This is true only if you are connected to the internet 24/7/365. If the connection is not there because I choose to "disable" it, then there ought to be a way to enable it for other users
YOU WROTE: "maybe explain further why you have them looking at or adjusting the properties to the LAN connection every time they want to access the internet."
I don't purposely have them looking at or adjusting any properties. That just happens to be how I make my connection. In order to make the connection I go to LAN under network connections in the control panel and right click on my local area connection and select "enable". (It is actually all done quickly via a task bar or desk top icon.) But guest users (any non-administrator) are not being allowed to do this.
I feel it is my perogative as a PC owner to not want my PC to be connected to the internet 24/7/365 on the off chance that one day someone in the house may need to go online. Therefore, I disable the connection to it when I am done using it. But then, when someone needs the internet, they must log on as Administrator in order to enable the connection. This seems absurd to me because it makes multiple user accounts pointless.