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how to prevent use of computer by others

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    how to prevent use of computer by others


    Hello - Windows 8 /Google Chrome
    When i turn on computer my 'desk top' first shows. I then have to click on a Browser of choice to get onto the internet.
    So how do i keep anyone who boots up my computer from even getting to see my 'desk-top' let alone get to my browser. ? Hope this isn't a confusing question
    Also: how does ''setting a password'' differ from 'locking' the computer ... during a relocation move when a professional mover is packing & taking the PC is a 'password' as 'secure' compared to 'locking' the computer? ( i know that is another procedure that had my head spinning when i looked at the mechanics involved - as you can tell i'm not a 'comfortable' computer user- LOL) \\
    PS: ONCE i set up the password so Windows won't load, how do i ''cancel' the password requirement once i'm in new home ? - i prefer under normal circumstances 'not' to use a password. No one else uses my PC - it's in my home
    Many thanks in advance - edythe
    Last edited by edythe; 12 Jul 2015 at 08:45.

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    Set up a log-in password, so anyone who turns your PC on would need to enter the correct password before he would be able to see anything
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    thanks -what's the procedure ? and how does setting a password differ from 'locking' the computer ... during a relocation move when a professional mover is packing & taking the PC is a 'password' as 'secure' compared to 'locking' the computer? ( i know that is another procedure that had my head spinning when i looked at the mechanics involved - as you can tell i'm not a 'comfortable' computer user- LOL) thanks again
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    Using a password for logging into Windows should work to prevent others from using Windows. You should also disable other accounts such as Guest. There is a hidden Administrator account and it can have a password assigned .

    If you want to prevent anyone even getting to that login page put a password in the BIOS that requires entering it to let the computer continue booting up.

    Always, never forget a password or lose it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    Using a password for logging into Windows should work to prevent others from using Windows. You should also disable other accounts such as Guest. There are no Guest privileges on my computer -i'm only user/adminsitrator'' There is a hidden Administrator account and it can have a password assigned . oh boy - i'm too 'tentative' a user to try anything other than setting up the windows password - LOL... i don't even know what you're talking about

    If you want to prevent anyone even getting to that login page put a password in the BIOS that requires entering it to let the computer continue booting up. ok now i'm really hanging from the ceiling - ''enter the BIOS'' ? this idea frightens me more than a root-canal! But i really appreciate your trying to help ... i'll do the Windows Password
    Always, never forget a password or lose it.
    I do have a good one - lol - Really appreciate you help.
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    ARe you using a local account or a Microsoft Account (E_mail address) to login with?

    If local, see here: Local Account Password - Change or Remove in Windows 8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    ARe you using a local account or a Microsoft Account (E_mail address) to login with?

    If local, see here: Local Account Password - Change or Remove in Windows 8
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    I honestly don't know what all of the above or the links ''mean' ... i.e. 'local' acct vs. microsoft acct ... all i know to do is go to 'charms'' /pc settings/sign-in/create a password (i feel that in'' ...
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    So you were able to set a password for your account then? If so good, if not let us know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    So you were able to set a password for your account then? If so good, if not let us know.
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    not yet .... i don't want to do it until the movers arrive - lol - i don't want to do anything that could lock me out of the PC.... i'll set the password once it's ready to go in the moving- box and worry about it at the other end... yes i'm probably being foolish and worrying too much but i just can't chance being unable to gain access right now... thanks for your offer of help. much appreciated.
    PS: ONCE i set up the password so Windows won't load, how do i ''cancel' the password requirement once i'm in new home ? - i prefer under normal circumstances 'not' to use a password. No one else uses my PC - it's in my home
    Last edited by edythe; 12 Jul 2015 at 08:46.
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    Unless you are moving somewhere to which you have to fly, not drive, my advice is NOT to let the movers handle your PC. Instead, you should move it yourself. The safest way to ensure that some one can not access your PC is to deny them physical access to it. IF the PC is in your possession at all times, then you don't have to worry about anyone else gaining access.
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