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Windows 7: Multiple Passwords

25 Nov 2010   #1
Sanitoeter

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Multiple Passwords

Dear SevenForums,
I'm curious if I can enable multiple passwords for one user, looking forward to your answers!


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25 Nov 2010   #2
richnrockville

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

simple answer is NO. each userid is tied to a single password.

Inquiring minds would like to know why you would want to use multiple passwords for a single userid?

Some people just leave the password blank which of course is a security hole..

Rich
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25 Nov 2010   #3
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The best (and only) solution that comes to mind is to change your password regularly. But if your enquiry is prompted by what I'm guessing, then it doesn't matter how many passwords you have, or how often your change them, because having a password that is easily discoverable is almost as bad as no password at all.

The best advice would be to pick you password, and stick with it. Make sure you pick something that no-one can associate with you, such as family names, phone numbers, birthdays, pets names, etc.

You can also make a password harder to guess by numerising it. That is, replacing common letters with similar numbers. An E becomes a 3, L becomes 7, O becomes 0, Z becomes 2, etc, I becomes 1, etc. Using mixed upper and lowercase letters is also a good idea. Also, the longer the password, the better (the longest I currently use for various archive encryption programs is 37 characters long...)

For example, DZOMLIJA if used as a password, would become D20M71JA.
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29 Sep 2012   #4
sherwint

Windows 7 Home premium 64-bit
 
 

I would like to have multiple passwords for a single Windows Login for the following reasons:
1. Need a single user account accessible by multiple users, need the same desktop and folders for all.
2. Would like a unique password for each of the users to track who did what when.
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29 Sep 2012   #5
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richnrockville View Post
simple answer is NO. each userid is tied to a single password.
As above - its not not possible. A user account can only have one password.
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29 Sep 2012   #6
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sherwint View Post
I would like to have multiple passwords for a single Windows Login for the following reasons:
1. Need a single user account accessible by multiple users, need the same desktop and folders for all.
2. Would like a unique password for each of the users to track who did what when.
But if you share the same account for many people, you can't track who did what, that's precisely handled by using multiple accounts, so security records are kept based on the login used. If you need this kind of control, you MUST use separate accounts.

A question, why is imperative to share a desktop? The of separate accounts is that each one uses the desktop they like the more regardless of others, and keeps his own documents and configurations independently. If you need to share documents among all users they can always use the built-in "public" folder of Win7 where everyone can read and write by default, or place a specific folder for such usage, so each one gets his own private files plus the shared ones.
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29 Sep 2012   #7
sherwint

Windows 7 Home premium 64-bit
 
 
Multiple passwords for single login

A PC is used for PowerPoint presentations (an another application like PowerPoint). The presentations are changed weekly. Currently four people have the Login ID and password to log in and run the system.

Recently, someone logged in and did something that completely changed the desktop and also changed the PowerPoint presentation. The only way to recover was to go back to a Restore Point, which solved the problem.

It would have been nice to know who logged in and made the change but since all four people use the same Login ID and password, there is no way to find out who made the change. I was hoping that the Event Log would be able to log the user and/or password but it looks like the user is always N/A anyway, so another beautiful theory ruined by a brutal gang of facts.
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18 Dec 2012   #8
mmkarimi

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I know that is possible to have a common user with several username and passwords, in the university every one uses his own id and pass to access to any computer, the same user/pass works on every pcs in university...

I wonder how it is set up, and how they linked computer to the server to log on. I was searching for the answer so I found this forum... does any one know the trick??
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18 Dec 2012   #9
Nigsy

openSUSE 13.1 64bit
 
 

The PCs in your university are basically, dumb terminals, that is, they are just images contained on a server and you are logged to a specific domain which controls your access, also known as thin clients.

This allows you to log on to any terminal on that Domain as you. It's also known as 'Single Sign On'
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18 Dec 2012   #10
benjy206

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Yes for that kind of access you need to be set up as a domain. Like we use here in work. But you need a sever for that. Then to track who did what is possible but not legal because you would be having there personel information and password's so I couldn't help you with the tracking info part.
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