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kathiez

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Hi, I have a friend and her roommate can't stay off her computer.
Is there anyway she can lock it when she is not around?

She needs to keep him off and telling him to stay off it does not work.

Thank you
 

kathiez

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That seems easy, so if she has a password there is no way he can get in?
 
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I am going to assume your friend is running XP.
Follow these instructions to hide the "Guest" user account first:

Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

Click User Accounts.

Under or pick an account to change, click Guest

On the What do you want to change about the guest account page, click Turn off the guest account.

Your friend can set a password by doing the following:

Click Start, Run, type control userpasswords, hit enter

You will see a user account screen and there should be an option to "Create a password for your account".

After the password has been created, in addition if your friend ever wants to leave the computer on while she goes away and the roommate is still there she can lock her computer by holding down the "Windows Key" and pressing "L". This will lock the computer in it's current state until the password is entered.

You also might want to click Start, run, type control userpasswords2, and under "users for this computer" you may want to see if any other user account besides your friends account exists. If there are other accounts you can delete them here to eliminate the possibility of the roommate logging in with any other account.
 

cwwozniak

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cfhpantera said:
... in addition if your friend ever wants to leave the computer on while she goes away and the roommate is still there she can lock her computer by holding down the "Windows Key" and pressing "L". This will lock the computer in it's current state until the password is entered.
Locking out access when the user is away from the computer be taken a step further by setting the screen saver to show the windows welcome screen and require password entry to return to normal operation.
 

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Finally, if she's turning off the computer, add a BIOS password.

Note: If this is a laptop, DON'T FORGET THE PASSWORD! It's very difficult to recover from a lost password on a laptop BIOS, so you don't want to forget it if you set one up. :)
 

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kathiez said:
That seems easy, so if she has a password there is no way he can get in?
Yep, it is not Rocket Science we are talking about. Yes there are hacks to even get around that, but most people don't know or care to try it and if they screw it up they could hose the machine.
 
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