5 Ways to Create a Password in Windows 7 & Protect Your Privacy

Posted by Britt Duncan - April 6, 2014

Have some confidential files that you don’t want the coworkers to see when you are away to the bathroom? Try to prevent others to snoop on your public computer in the library when you leave your desk? Attempt to protect the hard-earn documents from naughty kids? This post here introduces five methods to create a password protection over your computer with varying complexity. Choose one or more to meet your need.

Method One: Set logon password

1.Click Start ->Control Panel-> User Accounts and Family Safety -> User Accounts.


2.At the popup window of User Accounts, click Create a password for your account in Make changes to your user account session.


3.Put in the password you prefer with combination of random numbers, letters and characters in the given box and type it again in the second box to make sure they match. There is also a password hint box option. You can enter any information that helps you remember the password in case that you forget what you have set.


4.Click Create password button to apply the change.

Method Two: Create a desktop shortcut lock to protect your PC

1.Locate the cursor at the blank space of desktop, select New and then Shortcut from the right-click menu.


2.At the pop-up Create Shortcut window, copy and paste %windir%\system32\rundll32.exeuser32.dll,LockWorkStationin the location session, and click Next.


3.Type a name for the shortcut, then click Finish to complete the process.


By now, the desktop shortcut is created. Next time you want to lock the computer, just double click on the shortcut icon will do.

Method Three: Set up a screensaver password

1.Right click on desktop and select Personalize from the list.


2.Find Screen Saver option in the bottom right of the opening window and click it to activate Screen saving settings box.


3.Tick the checkbox before On resume, display login screen and click Apply to take effect the changes.


Method Four: Set up wakeup password

1.Click Start and put in Power Plan in the search box and hit Enter.

2.Click Change plan settings on preferred plan session and then Change advanced power settings which are showed in blue letters.



3.At the opening Power Options window, expand the Balanced item and select Yes behind setting of Require a password on wakeup. Next, click OK to save changes.


Method Five: Set up BIOS password

1.Reboot the computer, before the Windows welcome interface appears, hit DEL or F1 key constantly during startup to enter BIOS settings menu.


2.Navigate to the Security tab where two options of setting the password will be displayed. Select Set User Password and tap Enter.


3.Enter the desired eight-character password twice to make sure they match at the popup window. Then, tap Enter to confirm Save configuration and changes and exit now.


Note: Without the BOIS password, the PC won’t be able to boot up and all hardware will be locked up. Hence, you shall set up a password that easy to remember.

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