If you share the computer with friends, family, co-workers, etc., setting up a password is crucial to prevent them from logging into your account. A password also protects your data in case the device is stolen.
Considering the login options, Windows 10 allows two types of user accounts:
- Microsoft account – you can use your Microsoft (Outlook, OneDrive, etc.) account credentials to login into Windows. The main advantage of a Microsoft account is that you can access all the services with a single password.
- Local account – if don’t want to link your Microsoft account, you can set separate user and password to login in Windows 10, similarly to what you may be used to do in older versions of Windows (2000, XP, etc.). A local account does not require a password; even though you are asked for it, you may skip this step. However, if you change your mind later, follow the steps in this tutorial to set a password to protect your account in Windows 10.
Let’s see how to set the password.
1. Go to Settings
Open up the Start menu and go to “Settings”.
2. Go to Accounts
In the “Accounts” section, go to “Sign-in Options”.
3. Set the password
Click “Add” to create a new password. Remember to set a strong password. Avoid weak passwords such as your year of birth, your name, your phone number, etc. You can also set a password hint, in case you forget the password later.
4. Test if the password works
Open the Start menu, go to Power and Restart your computer. When the login screen appears, enter the password you set in the previous step.
TIP: Once a password has been set, you can associate it with a PIN number, or you can create a picture password. These latter two options work better on touch-screen devices such as tablets.