13 Password Protect a User Account
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Create a User Account
Change the Account Picture
Windows XP user accounts can be assigned a password. This means that for a user to log on using an account, she must know the password. A user with an administrative account can assign passwords to other user accounts. Each user (whether she has administrative or limited privileges) can also create and change her account password as needed.
Select a User Account
In the User Accounts window (select User Accounts in the Control Panel to open this window), select the user account for which you want to create a password (your own account or any account if you are a computer administrator).
Select Create a Password
Select the Create a password task to create a password for the selected user. The Create a password window opens. If you are changing an existing password (a password that you set previously), the link appears as Change the password instead of Create a password.
Enter a Password
In the first text box, type a password for the account. Then retype the password as required in the second text box. You can also enter an optional hint for the password. The hint is shown on the Windows Welcome screen and is designed to help you remember your password.
Create the Password
After you have entered and then re-entered the password (and the optional hint), click the Create Password button. The account is now password protected. The password must be provided when you (or the account owner, if you are setting the password for another user) log on to the system.