How do I set a Windows screen saver password?

Adding a Microsoft Windows screen saver password can help protect your computer for the times when you're not at the computer. Below are the steps required for creating a password in a Microsoft Windows screen saver.

Tip: Pressing the Windows key and L at the same time also locks your computer with a password immediately.

Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10
Windows XP and earlier

Set the screen saver password in Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Click Appearance and Personalization.
  3. Click Change screen saver.
  4. In the Screen Saver Settings check the box On resume, display logon screen as shown below.

Screen saver

Changing the screen saver password in Windows XP and earlier

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Display Icon.
  3. In the Display Properties window, click the Screen Saver tab.
  4. Set the screen saver you want to use and specify the amount of time for Windows to wait until it displays that screen saver.
  5. Check the "Password protected" check box.

If you're using Microsoft Windows XP or later it will use the same password you use to login to the computer as the password for when you resume the computer from the screen saver. If you're using Microsoft Windows ME, 98, or Windows 95, you can specify the password you want to use by clicking the Change button.

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