How to Lock Your Desktop in Windows XP


If your Windows XP computer is easily accessible by others and you do not want it accessed, you can lock it so that it is password-protected. No one else will have access to it until you give her the required information.

Create a Password

  • Click "Start" and "Control Panel."

  • Double-click "User Accounts."

  • Click your user account and click "Create a password."

  • Enter a password.

Lock the Desktop

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also lock your computer by pressing the "Windows" key and the "L" key on your keyboard.
  • Do not forget your password! You will not be able to log back into your machine if so.


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