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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by flemingac, Nov 3, 2007.

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  1. flemingac

    flemingac Thread Starter

    Nov 3, 2007
    How Do I Lock My Windows Xp Home Editon So That No One Else Can Access My Computer , Please?
  2. Jackle75


    Aug 20, 2004
    Go to control panel, user account, and change the way users log on and off.
  3. allheart55


    Jun 5, 2007
    Welcome to TSG. As Jackie75 stated, Open control panel, click on "User Accounts" and select the option, "Create a New Account" Follow the prompts and select a password to open the user account. (This is based on having only one user account set up.)
  4. 1101doc


    Dec 8, 2006
    To be sure that no one can use your computer, you will need a password set for your own user account, any other accounts, and the overall ADMINISTRATOR account that is available from Safe Mode.

    This latter password is vital, since someone could simply boot to Safe mode, enter the ADMINISTRATOR account, and from there modify the password that has been selected for any other account.

    It will be best to set the passwords from Safe Mode.

    Right after pressing the power button, begin tapping the F8 key of the keyboard about twice a second. (Not too fast, that can cause difficulties on some systems)

    Soon you will be presented with a black screen with white writing. One line will be highlighted. Use the arrow up/down keys to move the highlighting to Safe Mode. Press the Enter key.

    Some computers will ask which operating system you want to use. Mine does this even though I only have XP installed. If yours does, just press Enter again.

    If this is your first time in Safe Mode, things will seem to be strange: Lots of white writing on the screen (drivers loading), and when it does finally get to the 'desktop' there is no wallpaper, and everything sorta looks like Win98. All normal.

    You will be presented with a choice of your account and the ADMINISTRATOR account. Choose the ADMINISTRATOR account, and when asked if you want to work in Safe Mode or go to System Restore, choose YES. I want to work in safe Mode.

    Now go to Start and then the Control Panel. Open User Accounts. Select the ADMINISTRATOR account, click "Change password, and enter the chosen password in both boxes.

    It is vital that you save this password in a safe place! Do not save the password in your computer.

    Now do the same for all other accounts on the list. I strongly suggest that you employ a different password for each account. From now on, you will need to enter the password to access all accounts. BUT. Nobody else will be able to use your computer unless you log them in.

    Passwords should not be something that is easily guessed by those who know you. Not your pet's name or your birthday or anything like that. A very difficult password to break would be something like:
    "eight + 4 is more than 11."
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