Follow these steps to password protect a local account.
WARNING: There is a risk of data loss. If you use an administrator account to change a password for another account, encrypted files or email messages for that other account may no longer be accessible to the person who was using that account.
- Press the Windows Logo + X key combination on the keyboard and, from the list, click Control Panel.
- In the Control Panel window, click User Accounts.
- In the User Accounts window, click Manage another account.
- In the Manage Accounts window, click the account you want to change.
NOTE: The Guest account type cannot be changed.
- In the Make changes to [the account] window, click Create a Password.
NOTE: The Create a Password option will not be available if the account is already password protected.
- 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 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.