windows-8-picture-passwordOne of the new features in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is the ability to set up a picture password. These are new innovative passwords from Microsoft which make logging in a breeze.

Instead of having to remember long complicated passwords or pins, all you have to do is draw a picture which is much easier for the majority of people to remember. You simply pick a picture and you can draw patterns or tap on it in specific locations and that’s how you can log in.

This guide will show you how to set up and use the picture password in Windows 8.

Setting Up The Picture Password in Windows 8

  1. The first thing you’ll need to do is go to your user settings to start setting up your picture password. Open up the charms bar by either swiping in from the right, or moving your cursor to the top right and down.
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  2. Once you’ve selected settings you’ll want to click on More PC Settings.Settinhs
  3. This will bring you to the general settings for your computer. Now select Usersand you should see an option to create a new picture password on the right hand side.sshot-1
  4. Once you’ve chosen to create a new picture password, you’ll be asked to confirm your password and the be presented with the welcome screen.welcome

     

  5. The next step is to select Choose Pictureand you will then be brought to the picture explorer. You can choose any picture you like, it could be one stored locally on your machine, from your Facebook, Flickr or SkyDrive.Choose Picture

     

  6. You can then position the picture to your likingPosition

     

  7. Once you’ve selected your picture you can begin to draw your pattern. You will be asked to draw it 3 times so the system learns it accurately. You can draw pretty much any pattern you want as long as it includes 3 gestures. It does make a difference which direction you draw lines and circles, as well as the order that you do them in. You can also tap on specific locations on the picture if you so wish.draw gestures

    I’ve drawn in the pattern that I used for this demonstration so you can see for yourself what I did.

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  8. Once you’ve successfully repeated the pattern 3 times, Windows 8 will save it and set this as your password next time you log on.

Wrapping Up

The picture password is a new innovative way to log into Windows 8. Some users will probably find it much easier to log in by drawing a pattern on a picture instead of remembering tricky passwords. Of course it’s nearly impossible to draw the exact same pattern every time, so Windows will be quite lenient with you. As long as you get the general pattern, direction and taps in order you should be able to log in without any problems.

And of course, even if you are having trouble logging in with your picture password, you can always resort back to your traditional password.