How to Create a Picture Password in Windows 8

How to Create a Picture Password in Windows 8

Windows 8 will not only be for desktops and laptops. With its touch enabled features, such as swipe to unlock and the Metro Interface, Microsoft is also targeting tablets with the final release.

When working on a desktop or laptop, logging into your Windows account with a password is easy due to the size of the keyboard. However, people using tablets may face problems entering their password on the compact on-screen keyboard, especially if their password contains capital letters, numbers, or special characters.

Microsoft has introduced an innovative user login method in Windows 8 called Picture Password. This method allows users to unlock their devices by drawing a predefined gesture on a selected photograph. Although initially designed for tablets, the feature can also be used on laptops and desktops.

Enabling Picture Password in Windows 8

Step 1: Use the Settings button and click on More PC Settings on the Charm Bar (Windows+C) to open your computer settings.
Step 2: In the PC settings application, navigate to the User settings and click on the button Create a picture password.

How to Create a Picture Password in Windows 8

Step 3: Authenticate your admin rights by entering your Windows password. Then, select a picture from your hard disk to start the picture password configuration.

How to Create a Picture Password in Windows 8

Step 4: Draw and confirm three gestures on the picture, such as circling an object or joining two objects, then save the settings.

How to Create a Picture Password in Windows 8

From now on, Windows will show your chosen picture when you log in, and you will need to draw the same gestures to pass. You can also log in using your text-based password if you forget your picture password. To change or delete the picture password, go to User Settings. Use the “Change picture password” button to change it and the “Remove” button to delete it.

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My Verdict

If you are using Windows 8 on a laptop or desktop, give this feature a try. But you may find it annoying and eventually return to text-based passwords. Tablet users, on the other hand, will love it!

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