Adding a Password to a User Account

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 12, 2015)

1

When you create user accounts in Windows 7, they don't normally have passwords associated with them. You may want to add a password to a user account, however. This can help to ensure that your data is protected from others who may have physical access to your computer. Here's how you can add the password:

  1. Click Start and then click Control Panel. Windows 7 displays the Control Panel.
  2. At the right side of the screen, under the main heading of User Accounts and Family Safety, click Add or Remove User Accounts. Windows 7 displays the Manage Accounts screen.
  3. Click the account for which you want to add a password. Windows 7 displays the Change an Account screen. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Change an Account screen.

  5. At the left side of the screen click Create a Password. Windows 7 prompts you for the password information.
  6. Enter the password you want to use for the account (you need to enter it twice), along with a password hint that can be used to jog your memory if you forget the password. (The password hint is optional.)
  7. Click Create Password.

 This tip (10711) applies to Windows 7.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Adding Page Numbers

Ever want to add page numbers to your document? Word allows you to control many aspects of page numbering. Here's how to add ...

Discover More

Checking for Words and Phrases

You may want to determine if a document contains a certain set of words or phrases. There are a couple of ways you can make ...

Discover More

Using the SYMBOL Field

The most common way of adding symbols to a document is to use the Symbol dialog box. There is another way, however, that can ...

Discover More
More WindowsTips

Changing an Account's Picture

You may want to customize your account so that it uses a picture of your own choosing. This tip tells you how to change an ...

Discover More

Changing Your Windows 8 Account Picture

Want to personalize your Windows 8 experience a bit more? One way is by attaching a picture to your account, as discussed in ...

Discover More

Changing How User Account Control Works

The User Account Control (UAC) model allows an administrator to control when (or if) they are to be notified when a ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is one less than 4?

2016-07-31 09:20:21

Thierry Hoornaert

Hi Allen,

What about splitting tips for Windows 7 and for Windows 8.x/10?

An alternative could be to address each feature for all OS at the same time, with their differences when available?

Thanks for the precious work.
Thierry


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.