Password Protect Windows 8

3 Ways to Password Protect Windows 8 Easily and Safely

2013-05-02 08:47:11 / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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Windows 8 is recommended for its more concerns about its users' security. Besides the password for local user account, Windows 8 introduces two other types of password: picture password and PIN logon for users to password protect Windows 8. This article will tell how to take advantage of these three different kinds of password to password protect Windows 8.

Set up User Password to Password Protect Windows 8

Using local user password is the most common way to password protects Windows 8 (also Windows 7/XP etc.). Before creating a user password, you need to know there are two kinds of user accounts in Windows 8: administrator and standard user. Windows 8 has only one administrator account that you set up when you went through the initial Windows 8 configuration.

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1. Set up Administrator password

  • Step 1: Summon the Charms bar and click Settings -> Change PC Settings.

    how to password protect Windows 8

  • Step 2: Click "Users" in the PC Settings and click "Change Your Password". (For people have no password click "Create a Password")

    how to set a Windows 8 password

  • Step 3: Type your password into the password text box. Retype it to confirm your password.

    how to set up a Windows 8 user password

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2. Set up Standard user password

  • Step 1: Click "Add a user" in PC Settings screen.
  • Step 2: Click on "Sign in without a Microsoft account" and then "Local account".
  • Step 3: Enter your user name and password into the corresponding box.

Create Picture Password to Password Protect Windows 8

Picture password is a new feature introduced by Windows 8. It allows its users to log into their account via using gestures on an image with their finger or mouse. Here are the steps to create picture password.

how to create a Windows 8 picture password

  • Step 1: Open Charm bars and then click Change PC Settings at the bottom.
  • Step 2: Select Users in PC settings and click on "Click a picture password".
  • Step 3: Type your current password or Window account password, click "OK". And then click "Choose picture" to select a picture.
  • Step 4: Click "Use this picture" and draw three gestures and repeat to conform. Next you sign in Windows 8 with picture password.

Set up PIN Logon to Password Protect Windows 8

PIN logon is another new kind of password protection added to Windows 8. It is similar to PIN used in credit cards and enables user to set Windows 8 login password with four digits. PIN logon can be easily set up as following steps.

how to create a Windows 8 picture password

  • Step 1: Bring up Charm bars and click Change PC Settings at the bottom.
  • Step 2: Select Users and click "Create a PIN" on left side of the Window.
  • Step 3: Enter the password of your current account.
  • Step 4: Type your four digits PIN and retype it to confirm it. Click on "Finish" and your PIN logon is set up successfully.

Now we have introduced three ways to password protect Windows 8. If you haven't set any password for your Windows 8, it's time to set up password Windows 8. However, there is an unavoidable problem of password protecting Windows 8 that is forgetting password. Luckily with PIN logon and picture password you can easily switch to them to log into your PC when forgot Windows 8 user password. But if you forgot both of them or only set user password for your PC, you can turn to SmartKey Windows 8 password reset, it can reset your Windows 8 user password instantly.

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