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Windows 7: How to make startup password visible windows 7??

02 Mar 2012   #1
Clair8

windows 7 64bit
 
 
How to make startup password visible windows 7??

Hi. My uncle is new to computers. The password he used when he first started up his laptop would show as he typed it but now it does not. It only shows dots as he calls them when he types. He wants it to show. Is there a setting that can be changed? I have been unable to locate that setting on my laptop to tell him how. Its windows 7. Thanks.


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02 Mar 2012   #2
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Hi Clair8 and welcome to the forum,

There is no setting I'm aware of that would make them visible characters.

A while back we tried to find something similar for another person, and it wasn't successful.

It is like that for security reasons. Is he having problems logging in?
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03 Mar 2012   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Add that to the list of why passwords should never be used on home computers.
But seriously there may be programs out there that can do it but then you`d have to be logged in to install it.
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03 Mar 2012   #4
Clair8

windows 7 64bit
 
 

Thanks derekimo,
He is older and is very slow with reading and writing. He can do it but hes not as literate as I think he had dyslexia, this was back in the day when there was really no help for kids with those kind of problems. He is in his 50's now and forget knowing how to use a keyboard. I spent hours with him over the phone yesterday. I will just tell him we need to change it to something shorter, numbers a date that is special to him but not a birthday or anniversary. It is a laptop and he is a truck driver whom goes to truckstops and wants to take it with him so a password is important in answer to addram. He just says it is hard to remember as he is typing what the last letter he typed was when he can't see it. I helped him with his virus software and firewall. He has both now and I called his cable company and helped him get a password on his router etc. He really doesn't know anything about computers at all. Period. Resisted them up to now but he just lost his job and is thinking of getting his own truck and being independent and needs a computer to find loads to haul. I live over 3000 miles from him so it is more difficult as everything is over the phone. Doing my best to help him even though I am just a regular person not an IT tech. Thanks.
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03 Mar 2012   #5
derekimo

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You're welcome Clair8,

It sounds like you are doing pretty good at helping him out, I agree he should have a password, maybe you can help him with a handy Mnemonic that would be easier to remember.
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03 Mar 2012   #6
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Add that to the list of why passwords should never be used on home computers.
But seriously there may be programs out there that can do it but then you`d have to be logged in to install it.
Disagree, I think you should have a password even if the password IS password.
It's just another little safety net.
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