We have a need to block access to the computer and are trying to avoid having to hide parts or buy software. Can we configure it to have the whole machine password protected? We have an HP Pavilion desktop that runs Windows XP.
Yes you can do this,
you have to restart your computer and as it is booting up (right as it starts booting up and you still have a black screen) click your delete key until you enter your bios.
There you will seen in the MAIN tab...towards the bottom there is a SUPERVISOR password option and a USER password option....the USER option will make it so that when you turn your PC on you have to type in your password before it will go into windows, the supervisor password will make it so that no one can get into your bios....if you are wanting to protect from someone who knows a bit about computers I would recommend setting BOTH passwords...
Hope this helps you!
Or, an easier way..would be go to the start menu and get to our control panel, and go to user accounts. set it up to where it has to have a password to get in, and make sure the guest account is turned off
all you have to do is make a new administrator password and not give it to the person you are trying to block. I've had to do it myself. Unless this person knows how to hack in, you're safe!
Thanks to all. I now know how to
*go to the start menu
*go to user accounts
*go to each account you wish protected
*click on change a password and follow instructions.
*You must do this for ALL the accounts to protect the whole computer,
*turn OFF the guest account.
*ALWAYS log OFF each time you leave the computer unsupervised.
If you don't set up an Admin password, (and the person is knowledgable about pc's) they can erase the user passwords and still get in. FYI
left out a step after "start menu"....
go next to "control panel".....
THEN to "user accounts."
Hope I didn't confuse anyone --- I'm usually very confused when it comes to 'puters. :)
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