For Seniors: Set Up a Password for Your Windows Laptop
Set up a password on your computer account so others can't access your programs and files without entering that password. Passwords should contain a mixture of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols, and should be changed periodically to maintain your security.
You can set up multiple user accounts on your Windows laptop, each with its own password. Each account can have its own set of programs and files.
Choose Start→Control Panel, and then click User Accounts and Family Safety.
The User Accounts and Family Safety window appears.
Click the Change Your Windows Password link. Then, if you have more than one user account, click an account to add the password to.
Click the Create a Password for Your Account link. The Create a Password for Your Account window appears.
Enter a password, confirm it, and add a password hint.
The hint will help if you forget your password later on.
If you forget your password, Windows shows the hint you entered to help you remember it, but note that anybody who uses your laptop can see the hint when it’s displayed. So if lots of people know that you drive a Ford and your hint is My car model, your password protection is about as effective as a thin raincoat in a hurricane.
Consider using a less known but easy to remember password. If you love Shakespeare, for example, use something like R0me0&Jul1et where you replace the letter Os with zeros and the letter Is with ones. Easy to remember, but hard to guess!
Click the Create Password button.
The Make Changes to Your User Account window reappears. If you wish to remove your password at some point, you can click the Remove Your Password link here.
Click the Close button.
The User Accounts window closes.
After you create a password, you can go to the User Accounts window and change it at any time by clicking Change Your Password. You can also change the name on your user account by clicking Change Your Account Name.