Creating a Picture Password with Windows 8

by Allisa Carter on January 23, 2013

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My hus­band is an IT pro­fes­sional and got to try out Win­dows 8 before it was offi­cially released. I noticed imme­di­ately that some­thing was dif­fer­ent with his com­puter — it had all these col­or­ful and ever-​​changing squares and rec­tan­gles on the screen. In the stereo­typ­i­cal tra­di­tion of the wife being more con­cerned about the color of a new car and the hus­band focused on the horse­power, my main reac­tion to Win­dows 8 was “Ooh how pretty and inter­ac­tive!” My hus­band, how­ever, was impressed with the increased functionality.

I didn’t appre­ci­ate how dif­fer­ent this new ver­sion is, though, until I pre­viewed Tim Grey’s course Get­ting Started with Win­dows 8. He walks you through all the new bells and whis­tles, as well as show­ing you how to return to the stan­dard desk­top inter­face if you aren’t ready for that much change. Watch it and you’ll learn how to cus­tomize and nav­i­gate the inter­face, send and receive email, browse the Web, view and share pho­tos, play music and movies, and much more. Tim also cov­ers impor­tant top­ics like how to pro­tect your com­puter and back up your files.

As much as I like the cool things like the touch­screen capa­bil­i­ties and Metro appli­ca­tions, I think one of the most awe­some fea­tures of Win­dows 8 is the abil­ity to set up a pic­ture pass­word. We cre­ated one that involves beep­ing the noses on a pic­ture of our kids. I love it every time I do it! Plus no more hav­ing to remem­ber a long chain of let­ters and num­bers for my pass­word. Don’t take my word for it, though — check out this free les­son where Tim shows you how easy it is to set up a pic­ture pass­word. Log­ging in to your com­puter will never be the same mun­dane expe­ri­ence for you again.

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