How to Change and Remove Picture Password

How to Change and Remove Picture Password in Windows 8/8.1

2013-12-27 14:32:23 / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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Last time we have introduced how to create a picture password in Windows 8.1 to you. It's really convenient and fun to experience your Windows 8.1 computer. Nevertheless, many users are likely to figure out how to change or remove Windows 8.1 picture password (Windows 8 included) since its limitations and problems.

Limitations and Problems of Picture Password in Windows 8/8.1

1. They can be overridden. Setting up a picture password in Windows 8/8.1 doesn't replace your regular alphanumeric password, and on the lock screen itself there is an option to switch back to the standard login option.

2. No extra layer of security. This is merely an alternate means of logging in. With this in mind, picture passwords should be seen as something of an interesting curiosity and a helpful alternative login method rather than something that adds security.

3. Difficult to operate for non-touchscreen computers. If your Windows 8/8.1 computer doesn't contain a touchscreen, you definitely have difficulty in entering the picture password every time you boot up your Windows. Clicking the picture password using mouse is more complicated than tapping the picture password.

How to Change Picture Password in Windows 8/8.1?

Change your picture password in regular basic is really a smart way to improve the security of your Windows computer. Follow the tutorial to change picture password in Windows 8.1 (Windows 8 included).

  • Step 1. Open "PC setting", click on "Accounts" in the left pane.

    Note: For Windows 8 users, click on "Users" in the left pane, click on "Change picture password" in the tight pane, then go to Step 3.

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  • Step 2. Click on "Sign-in options" on the left side, click on "Change" under "Picture password" on the right.

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  • Step 3. Type in your user account's password, and press Enter or click on Ok.

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  • Step 4. Thus, you can select to "Use this picture" or to "Choose a different picture".

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  • Step 5. After selecting the picture, click on "Use this picture" and continue. If not, click on "Choose new picture" and re-select a new picture.

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  • Step 6. Draw 3 gestures on the picture one at one time. You can use any combination of circles, straight lines, and taps or clicks.
  • Step 7. After finishing drawing the 3 gestures, repeat them again exactly one by one again to confirm them. And then click "Finish".

How to Remove Picture Password in Windows 8/8.1?

If you are annoyed about entering your picture password when booting Windows 8, then follow the instruction to remove picture password in Windows 8/8.1 computer.

  • Step 1. Open "PC setting", click on "Accounts" in the left pane.

    Note: In Windows 8, click on "Users" in the left pane, then click on "Remove" to the right of "Change picture password" in the right pane. Then skip to Step 3.
  • Step 2. Click on "Sign-in options" on the left side, click on "Remove" under "Picture password" on the right.

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  • Step 3. The picture password for your user account has now been removed successfully.

Make sure you have all-round understanding of picture password in Windows. In addition, remember your Windows 8/8.1 text password firmly since it can help you to change the forgotten picture password. Once if you forgot your Windows 8/8.1 text password, turn to Windows Password Recovery for help.

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