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Can password protection be added to Windows XP?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Barney_Tabasco, Mar 24, 2003.

  1. Barney_Tabasco

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    Can i make it so no one other than myself can access my PC? I guess the best way would be to make XP ask for a password before starting up - is this possible?
     
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    Barney, you sure can.

    In control panel under the users option you can set a password there. :smashin:
     
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    or put a boot password into the bios

    if xp is like other versions of windows (apart from professional versions) hitting escape at the password prompts just lets you in.
     
  4. Barney_Tabasco

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    How do i put a password in the Bios? Sound scary.
     
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    When you first switch your PC on, there is usually a key that you press to enter the 'SETUP' mode.

    This key may be LEFT SHIFT, F5, F8 etc etc, and the key that you need to press may even be displayed on the first screen that your PC gives you when you turn you PC on.

    The message is usually 'press x to enter setup'

    From here you can set up a password that will be asked for before you computer even loads Windows.

    If you do set a BIOS password, DON'T forget it, as you would have to 'flash' the BIOS, or short circuit the little battery that holds the password information!!! (I think)

    HTH

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    XP is built on the NT kernel, not the insecure 9x.

    Just put a password on XP, there isn't even a cancel button to press if you use the new style login screen.

    Once your in xp click the start menu and click on your picture at the top.
    A new window titled User Accounts will popup, click the home button at the top, you can then click on your account and change all your options.

    Unless its critical no one can even turn your pc on then Bios passwords can get really annoying.
     
  7. Barney_Tabasco

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    Thanks folks :smashin:
     
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    Anyone know if there is a way to password specific folders in XP without using Winzip or something like that??
     
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    BIOS passwords are annoying....... UNTIL...........

    You reset the BIOS.
     
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    In XP, just create more than one 'user'. Each user gets their own Start Menu, My Documents, Desktop Settings, etc etc. Each user can have a password if you want or not if you don't. When you save anything under the 'my documents' directory structure, nobody else can see it unless you've deliberately flagged it for sharing. When they go into My Documents, they see 'Their Documents'...

    Of course these are on different bits of the disc, but they can't manually navigate to your bit of the disc with your My Documents if they don't have your password.

    On my PC I have my account which I use all the time, but also an account called 'Hello' which isn't password protected and any of my housemates can get into, they just can't see the files under my personal structure - and if they change the desktop it doesn't mess it up for when i log on
     
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    Don't quote me on this but I believe if you install XP on an NTFS partition there are tools built in to do this.
     
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    correct - if you format the drive with NTFS, you can use file level security to restrict users. This of course assumes that you have individual logons for everyone using the pc (file security is account based)

    It goes without saying that you don't want to use NTFS if you are dual-booting with Windows 9x on the same partition :smashin:
     

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