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Windows XP - Create a user password

Welcome to this Windows XP tutorial for creating a password for a user. You may want to create a password to ensure nobody but you can access it.

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Windows XP - Create a password for a user

Start Menu button displays the recently used programs and the start menu which shows available programs. Access to the control panel can be made from here.

With the Windows XP screen loaded to the desktop you will see a blue bar along the bottom and a blank screen usually blue which is the desktop and normally has a recycle bin icon on it.

From the lower left side of the screen click the Start Menu button which will pop up and produce a vertical menu as pictured left.

At the top of the screen you will see a small picture with a name next to it. With your mouse click this small picture.

Windows XP user accounts dialog box, you can see the profile pictures that can be changed

You will see the user account dialog box appear. At the top of this box you will see two buttons labelled 'Back' and 'Home'.

The box should look like the picture on the right.

Click on the button labelled 'Home'.

Windows XP user accounts dialog box, choose a task to add or remove users or change the way users logon to windows xp

You will see the box as on the left which shows a list of options and the existing users which in this case are 'User', 'Guest' and 'Example' as created in the previous tutorial.

From the menu under 'Pick a Task' click the option 'Change an Account'.

This will launch the next window

Windows XP user accounts dialog box, add and remove users, change passwords or profile pictures

You will see the heading for 'Pick an account to change'.

Click on the user you wish to create a password for.

Windows XP user accounts dialog box, limit the account to limited user stops them changing important windows system settings

You will see a list of available options for the user that you selected.

The second option down is 'Create a password'. Click the 'Create a password' text.

Windows XP user accounts dialog box, you can choose to be an administrator which allows change of Windows XP system settings

You will now be shown the box that allows you to enter a password. In the first box type in the password that you want this user to have.

In the second box you need to re-type the password again to ensure you typed it correctly the first time.

The third box is optional and is for a password hint. This is incase you forget what you chose. It may just jog your memory (nothing too obvious though otherwise, no point in a password!).

Once you have filled the boxes in click the 'Create Password' button at the bottom of the window.

Windows XP user accounts dialog box, limit the account to limited user stops them changing important windows system settings

You will be taken back to the list of available options for managing the user you selected.

If you look on the right of the box where the user's name is displayed it tells you it is password protected.

When this user next logs on to the computer they will need to use the newly created password.

In the top right click the red box with the white X in it. This closes the user accounts box

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