Follow these steps to password protect a local user account.
WARNING: There is a risk of data loss. If you use an administrator account to change a password for another account, any encrypted files or e mail messages for that other account will no longer be accessible to the person who was using that account.
- Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.
- In the Control Panel window, click User Accounts and Family Safety.
- In the User Accounts and Family Safety window, click User Accounts.
- In the User Accounts window, click Manage another account.
NOTE: If prompted for an administrator password or a User Account Control prompt is displayed, type the appropriate password, click Continue or click Yes.
- In the Manage Accounts window, click the account you want to change.
- In the Change an Account window, click Create a Password.
NOTE: The Guest account type cannot be changed.
- In the Create Password window, in the New password text field, type the desired password.
- In the Confirm new password text field, type the same password again.
NOTE: The passwords must be typed exactly the same way both times.
- In the Type a password hint text field, type a word or phrase that will help the account user to remember the password.
- Click the Create password button.
- In the Change an Account window, click the X in the upper right corner to close the window.