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Password - Create for a User Account

How to Create a Password for a Windows 7 User Account
Published by Brink
02 Nov 2008
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How to Create a Password for a Windows 7 User Account

information   Information
This will show you how to create a password for a user account so that it will be password protected in Windows 7.
Note   Note
During the installation of Windows 7, you also have the option to create a password to password protect your default administrator account.
Tip   Tip
For help on how to create a strong password, see: Tips for creating a strong password - Windows Vista Help
warning   Warning
The password in Windows 7 in case sensitive. If your password contains capital letters, they must be typed the same way every time you log on.





OPTION ONE
To Create a Password for Your User Account
1. Open the Control Panel (icons View).

2. Click on the User Accounts icon.

3. Click on the Create a password for your account link. (See screenshot below)
-user_accounts.jpg
4. Type in a New password. (See screenshot below step 7)

5. Type in the same password again to Confirm new password.

6. If you want a password hint, Type a password hint in. If you do not want a password hint, then you can skip that field.
WARNING: Remember that anyone using the computer will be able to see the password hint.

7. Click on the Create Password button.
-create_password.jpg
8. Your User Account is now Password protected. (See screenshot below)
-password_protected.jpg
9. It is recommended that you create a Windows 7 Password Reset Disk to have handy in case you forget the password for this user account in the future.



OPTION TWO
To Create a Password for Another User Account

NOTE: You must be logged on to an administrator account to be able to do this.
1. Open the Control Panel (icons View).

2. Click on the User Accounts icon.

3. Click on the Manage another account link. (See screenshot below)
-user_accounts-2.jpg
4. Click on the other account you want to password protect to select it. (See screenshot below)
-manage_another_account.jpg
5. Click on the Create a password link. (See screenshot below)
-another_account.jpg
6. Type in a New password. (See screenshot below step 9)

7. Type in the same password again to Confirm new password.

8. If you want a password hint, Type a password hint in. If you do not want a password hint, then you can skip that field.
WARNING: Remember that anyone using the computer will be able to see the password hint.

9. Click on the Create Password button.
-create_password-2.jpg
10. The other Account is now Password protected. (See screenshot below)
-password_protected-2.jpg
11. It is recommended that you create a Windows 7 Password Reset Disk to have handy in case you forget the password for this user account in the future.
That's it,
Shawn






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02 Sep 2010   #1
bootsmom

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 
yet another senior moment

good morning Brink

It's been over 5 years since I have had to assign a 'log on' password in XP, and I have forgotten some details about setting a password for when I log off/back on. I know there is much advice out there, but I find it too vague and imprecise. I need precise and won't in the least be offended if you talk to me like a 3-year old *LOL*. At least I'll 'get' it.

So, in Win7 Pro I have been told to navigate to control panel/user accounts/create a password for your account. Not a problem.


When I click on "create a password for your account", I note that I am "PW, Administrator". So...does that mean that the password I will have just created is my Admin password or my USER password....damn MS can be so obscure at times.

the questions are:

1. if I assign the 'user account' password.. is that the password PW uses to log on with? or do I have to log in as Admin? (I don't know how to log in as Admin either... duh)

2. if I assign the above password.. is that the pwd I need to use for my screensaver as well, or would I have to create a NEW one for the screensaver?

any help/advice you can give would be so much appreciated. The answer is probably staring me right in the face but....I can't see it

thanks again,

Bootsmom



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02 Sep 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

Hello Bootsmom,

The new password that you created for your administrator account is what will need to be used at log in and anywhere where it asks you to enter your password at. This will also be your administrator password since this is an administrator account.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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02 Sep 2010   #3
bootsmom

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

not to belabour the point but......

are you saying that because PW IS the Admin, the password would be the same for the user account PW AND the Admin account?

I swear I took my stoopid pill this morning, I have a mental block about this <grin>

*sorry* !

TIA
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02 Sep 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

LOL, no problem. I get the same way at times.

If your user account is this same administrator account, then yes the password is the same as well.
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02 Sep 2010   #5
bootsmom

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

thanks for your patience, Brink. I appreciate your help.

Bootsmom
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02 Sep 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

You're most welcome. Anytime.
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08 Sep 2010   #7
bootsmom

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

So... in order to be certain that I was logged on with my PW username (and not admin), I logged OFF (knowing there was no password for either account yet) then logged back on again and found the little lighthouse icon with my PW under it. Then I created my PW username password, logged off then back on, typed it in and it WORKED! *yay* Thanks Brink.
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08 Sep 2010   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

You're most welcome Bootsmom. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
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