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I am trying to put a security code on my laptop windows xp home edition

#1 User is offline   cobrajet 

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 12:21 PM

I have never had a security code on my Dell laptop.

My kids are getting older and I would like to have security code to log on.

Anybody know how to do this?

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 12:31 PM

Hey cobrajet !!



Welcome to PCWorld Community !



Do you mean you would like to Password Protect your notebook ??

If so, could you tell us which operating system you are using .



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Posted 25 July 2009 - 12:35 PM

I am running Windows XP Home edition...........
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Posted 25 July 2009 - 12:52 PM

Hey Flashhorn,

It might be helpful I answered your question..........

Yes, I am trying to password protect my computer.

I am indeed running Windows XP Home edition,

Thanks,
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Posted 25 July 2009 - 01:21 PM

Hey cobrajet !!


Is your avatar's name in reference to the 68 Cobrajet Mustang ??



OK, IF you want to password protect your User Account so that no one will be able to access it

then , you can GOTO > Start > Control Panel > Click on User Account > :

# Click Change an account in the Pick a task list box.
# Click the account that you want to change.
Click Create/change the password* to create or change the
* password for the user and create or change the password.
Be forewarned that Many people that protect their accounts with Passwords

often come back to ask us How to Retrieve their lost password.



It would be wise to store the newly created password in a Safe and easy

to remember place such as a USB key or on a disc.



You would also benifit from renewing the password every so often. (a few months)



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Posted 25 July 2009 - 02:01 PM

Flashorn

I can't thank you enough for your help.

It is probably a simple matter to all of you cyber guys, but if you are a newbie it seems like a daunting project.

Yes and yes on your guesses on the buggy.

Thanks again.....cobrajet.
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Posted 25 July 2009 - 03:00 PM

Hey cobrajet !!



It's my pleasure ! If you have any other concerns , post them in the appropriate forum

and one of the members will be happy to help out.



On the Password subject , you can verify that your password is strong enough by surfing

over to Microsoft's Password Checker . (click on the blue words)

This will ensure that you use the password strength needed to do the job.



If that's your "buggy" , it's one heck of a ride.



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Posted 26 July 2009 - 05:43 AM

I suspect that you have the answer that you were looking for from [~60096], but some other things to keep in mind.

This will not protect any files by default. It will only prevent someone (to a degree) from logging into your Windows account. If you setup other Windows accounts, then potentially they could still access your files. And even if you do not setup other Windows accounts, someone can still access content on the drive by pulling the drive and using it with another computer as just a data drive. If you want to lock down your data files, then you will have to look into some sort of encryption of the files. There are number of ways to do this...either by just encryption the critical files or encrypting the whole disk. If you do want to encryption some or all of your files, then DEFINITELY make sure you back up your data. If you lose the encryption password, then you are going to be in a world of hurt without a backup.

Also keep in mind that there are some rather simple ways to crack Windows passwords. If your kids are (or likely to become) more computer literate than you, then it is possible that if they are motivated enough for some reason, they could potentially crack/remove the password. A more severe step would be to activate the BIOS password for the computer. This will "lock down" the whole computer, not just your Windows account. This is not invincible either, but is generally tougher to get past than just a plain, old Windows password. If you do decide to do this, then DEFINITELY keep a copy of the password somewhere safe AND backup as it kind be a pain in the rear depending on your computer to undo a BIOS password if you forget it.

I am guessing that all of the above is WAY overkill for what you were looking for and you likely will not need any of it, but I wanted to have the information in case you do need it now...or in the future.
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