Passwords are used in Windows for security reasons and people set a tough password to restrict hackers or other users from using their personal information. If you do not want other people to use and check your personal information, you must have password protection for Windows XP. In all the Windows versions, starting from Windows 98, the process is almost same to set an administrator password. It is also important to set a password for the administrator because if you set password for other users, it is very easy to hack those passwords. Windows XP is one of the most famous operating systems used by computer users. So you should know how to protect Windows XP with a strong password. In this article we will discuss how to password protect Windows XP.

Follow the instructions given below to set the password.

Step 1:

The first step is to open the computer and click on ‘Start’ menu in Windows XP. This will launch the pop-up menu with many options.

Step 2:

From the ‘Start’ menu pop-up list, you need to go to the ‘Control Panel’ and click it. In ‘Control Panel’, choose ‘User account’ to set a password.

Step 3:

Locate and click ‘User Account’, and click the administrator account. Now you will see a new window.

Step 4:

In this new window, you can see a number of options like change user name, set passwords, and change passwords. If you have not specified any passwords, click on the ‘Set Password’ option.

Step 5:

Now in the text box, type a strong password. A strong password means a password that includes alphabets with some numeric values e.g. 1, 2, 3 etc. You can also type some special character like @, # etc. but also try to remember the password. We recommend you to not type your birthday or pet name like things. It will be easy for hackers to hack the password.

Step 6:

After retyping the password, confirm the password and click ‘Ok’ to finish the process. We also recommend you to check whether the ‘Caps Lock’ is on or not.

You can also set passwords for a specific drive and folders for more security. There are number of easy-to-use tools available to do so. They are free to download and use. It will make your Windows XP more secure and less vulnerable from various threats. But locking a folder may be risky because if you forget the password, the folder will get locked. So, try to set strong but easy to remember passwords.