To protect your privacy, you may want to safeguard your computer with password all the time. After setting a windows login password, you should make the PC show the login screen at every access, even when you are leaving for a short moment, then how to realize that?
Tip 1 Screen Lock
To show the login screen most simply and quickly, just press Windows + L key to lock computer screen, or use the Lock option next to Shut Down in Start Menu. To return to the system, just input the user password.
Tip 2 Switch User
Do as tip 1, choose Switch User in Start Menu, which will bring you to login screen of all enabled accounts, a bit different as screen lock.
Note: Switch User will not close the programs you are using.
Tip 3 Require password on Screensaver
To enable screensaver password protection as follow steps in win 7:
1. Right click the desktop, and select Personalize.
2. Click Screen Saver at the bottom of Personalization window. As soon as you do, Windows 7 will open the “Screen Saver Settings” window.
3. Check the option “On resume, display logon screen”, and then choose the waiting time before the screensaver starts.
Note: If you forgot windows password, try Windows password reset disk.
Tip 4 Require password on Wakeup
Windows allow users to require a password on wakeup, thus if it is enabled, you will be asked for login password to wake up a computer in sleep. So, before enabling password protection on wakeup, you should make computer to go to sleep. You can either do that by Sleep option in start menu, or do like this in Windows 7:
1. Control Panel->Power Options (icon view).
2. Click Change when the computer sleeps link on the left pane.
3. Choose the waiting time before your computer goes to sleep. Save changes.
And then set password protection on wakeup as below:
1. Return to Power Options Control Panel.
2. Click Require a password on wakeup link on the left pane.
3. In the resulting dialog box, Click the link Change settings that are currently unavailable, and then choose the option Require a password (recommended).
4. Save changes.
Note: Screen saver and sleep mode are different. A screen saver was used to prevent images from burning into your screen before, but now modern display screens do not suffer as much from this problem. Screen savers generally do not save energy, but still used for entertainment. When computer goes to sleep, it goes to a low power mode and many devices are idle, thus saving power and system resource. It is suggested that do not enable screensaver and sleep mode both.
All the passwords you need to enter is Windows login password, so keep it in your mind. Once you forgot it unluckily, you can turn to Windows password recovery tools for help.