How to Create Picture Password in Windows 8.1

How to Create Picture Password in Windows 8.1

2013-12-27 09:35:23 / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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A picture password is a new way to help protect your Windows 8.1 computer (Windows 8 included) or touchscreen PC. It consists of two parts: choose a picture first, then you tell Windows 8.1 that you're going to draw on that picture in a particular way, such as taps, clicks, circles, and straight lines, with a finger or a mouse. Follow the instruction to create a picture password on Windows 8.1 as below.

Tips: We have talked about how to create a picture password in Windows 8 before, click here to learn more about it.

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The Advantages of Creating a Picture Password in Windows 8.1

1. Convenience.

The picture password is easier for users to use and more convenient. Entering a text password on your Windows 8.1 is s horrible experience, which just drives users to choose poor, short passwords. That's not good for security. And you are likely to forget your Windows 8.1 login text password easily. So picture password is much recommended.

2. Use to crack your forgotten Windows 8.1 text password.

Imagine you forgot the text password for Windows 8.1, you can sign in your computer with the picture password to change your forgotten Windows 8.1 password.

Note: If you failed to crack your forgotten Windows 8.1 text password with a picture password, try to use Windows Password Recovery to fix this issue.

Tips You Need to Know before Creating a Picture Password in Windows 8.1

Microsoft has a few suggestions for making your picture password much safer. Thus you can hardly forget it. And other malicious person can't crack it too easily. Just check them as following.

1. Start with a picture that has a lot of interesting points

If you have just one or two interesting locations in the photo, you don't have any points to choose from.

2. Don't use just taps or clicks.

Mix things up. Use a tap, a circle, and a line, for example, in any sequence you can easily remember.

3. Don't always move from left to right.

Lines can go right to left, or drop to bottom. Circles can go clockwise or counterclockwise.

4. Don't let anybody watch you sign in.

Picture passwords are worse than keyboard passwords, in some respects, because the picture password appears on the screen as you're drawing it.

5. Clean your screen.

Really devious souls may be able to figure out that trail of oil and grime is from your repeated use of the same picture password. If you can't clean your screen and you're worried about somebody following the grime trail, put a couple of gratuitous smudges on the screen.

How to Create Picture Password in Windows 8.1 Computer?

Follow the instruction on how to create Windows 8.1 picture password. Try to remember, this will not work if your PC is part of a domain. Picture passwords only work for workgroup. What's more important, it is required that you have already created a password for your user account first to be able to create a picture password.

  • 1. Open PC settings, click on Accounts on the left side.

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  • 2. Click on "Sign-in options" on the left side, click on "Add" under "Picture Password" on the right.

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  • 3. Click on "Choose a picture".

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  • 4. Navigate to and select the folder that contains the picture that you want to use, then click on the "Open" button at the bottom.
  • 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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  • 6. Draw 3 gestures on the picture one at one time. You can use any combination of circles, straight lines, and taps or clicks.
  • 7. After finishing drawing the 3 gestures, repeat them again exactly one by one again to confirm them. And then click "Finish".

Thus, you have created a picture password in Windows 8.1 successfully.

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