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How do I put a password on my pc


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#1 blue100

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 02:34 PM

Really basic question - i have someone coming to stay in the house for a while and want to keep pc contents (internet accounts & files, folders) - how do i put a password on the pc? Can they then set themselves up for internet access as another user?

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 02:49 PM

Take a look here: Password Protect Your Computer in Windows XP

To answer your question. If who ever is coming to visit can't even log in, they would have to 'hack your computer' to create an account or bypass the password, in order to use the computer. If that happened I'd be more worried about the home's contents, than a few files. The other option is to move the files you are concerned about to a flash drive and take them with you or secure them elsewhere in the home.

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 02:56 PM

Make sure the hidden Administrative(accessible from safe mode boot) account is password protected.
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Posted 27 June 2010 - 03:05 PM

Thanks Chewy, Excellent addition, I neglected to cover that.

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Posted 30 June 2010 - 04:55 PM

Many thanks, guys. I was really just looking at putting a password on my user account and keeping access to the files private, so our guest could access a guest account and use the pc without accessing our stuff - figured it out, not that hard, just had to open my eyes! many thanks.




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