Many users do not have their Windows XP account setup to require a password when logging on. This usually allows anyone in your home or office full and unrestricted access to everything on the computer. As you can guess, this can often be a real concern but the fix is quite simple.
If you've never had a password before, creating a password for your Windows XP logon account is very simple. You're just a few clicks away from setting up a new password for your Windows XP account.
Follow the easy steps below to create a password for your Windows XP logon account:
Note: If you want a new Windows XP password because you've forgotten yours and can't get in to Windows, see Tip #2 at the bottom of the page for help.
Time Required: Creating a Windows XP logon password usually takes less than a few minutes
Click on Start and then Control Panel.
Click on the User Accounts link.
Note: If you're viewing the Classic View of Control Panel, double-click on the User Accounts icon.
In the pick an account to change area of the User Accounts window, click on your Windows XP user name.
Choose the Create a password link.
In the first two text boxes, enter the password you would like to start using.
Entering the password twice helps to make sure that you typed your password correctly.
Click the Create Password button to confirm your new password.
The next screen asks Do you want to make your files and folders private?. If other user accounts will be setup on this PC and you'd like to keep your personal files private from those users, click on the Yes, Make Private button.
If you're not concerned about this kind of security or this account is the only account on your PC, there's no need to make your files private. In this case, click on the No button.
You can now close the User Accounts window and the Control Panel window.
Now that your Windows XP account has a password setup, you must use this password to log on to Windows XP from this point forward.
Create a Windows XP password reset disk. While not a required part of creating a new XP password, I highly recommend that you do this.
A password reset disk will protect you from the consequences of forgetting your new Windows XP password.
Not a Windows XP user? See How Do I Create a Password in Windows? for specific instructions for your version of Windows.
If you need a new Windows XP password because you've forgotten yours and can no longer get in to Windows, then you obviously can't use the method above.
You can, though, use a free Windows password recovery program to crack or reset the password even if you can't get in to Windows XP at all. You can then create a new Windows XP password using the instructions above.