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How to lock and unlock a Windows® XP computer?

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To lock and unlock a Windows® XP computer.

Note: When Fast User Switching is enabled, the computer cannot be locked.

A. How to lock the computer

1. Press the Ctrl, Alt, Delete keys simultaneously.
2. Click Shut Down and click Lock Computer.

If the Ctrl, Alt, Delete keys are pressed when the Welcome window is enabled, the Windows Security dialog box appears. Click Lock Computer.

B. How to unlock the computer

Enter the set password and click OK.

For more information, please refer to the following solution in Microsoft's technical support website.
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