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Old 05-17-2011, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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This is pretty scary. What happens if I accidentally hit the Lock button when I shut down my computer? Googling the question, it seems I need to have a password to get back in. But if I ever created a password, I have no recollection of ever doing that. I've never had a password in any computer I've ever owned.

If I hit that button, will my computer automatically be dead forever? How do I create a password, as a guard against that idiotic booby trap?
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Old 05-17-2011, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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If you click Lock computer and haven't configured a password you should just get a screen with an icon. The icon will be titled whatever your profile name is and it will say locked. There is a button for unlock computer and when you click it, it should just go back to your desktop.

It's not going to lock your PC forever.
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Old 05-17-2011, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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If you click Lock computer and haven't configured a password you should just get a screen with an icon. The icon will be titled whatever your profile name is and it will say locked. There is a button for unlock computer and when you click it, it should just go back to your desktop.

It's not going to lock your PC forever.
That's good to know, but I'm still not going to try it. How does the computer know what my profile name is, when I don't even know what it is myself? Does it assign me one? Do I have to write it down somewhere? What's the point of having a Lock function, if it's that easy for anyone to unlock it?
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Old 05-17-2011, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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That's good to know, but I'm still not going to try it. How does the computer know what my profile name is, when I don't even know what it is myself? Does it assign me one? Do I have to write it down somewhere? What's the point of having a Lock function, if it's that easy for anyone to unlock it?
When the PC is set up or imaged a profile name is created. Even if you bought it pre-configured from a store there is still a profile name whether or not you know what it is or have ever seen it.

To find out what your profile name is you can look in c:\users if you are interested.

Many people set up multiple profiles with passwords on their PC for each member of their household. This allows them to each have their own share of hard drive space where they can keep their own music, Internet Explorer favorites, etc. If you are logged in but have to step away for a few minutes, clicking Lock will ensure that another user cannot come along and "mess" with your profile. As far as a security measure, it is not very strong. I would liken it to locking the bathroom door. It is very easy to break down but it lets people know that the facilities are in use.
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Old 05-18-2011, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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OK, in c:\users, I get three file folders: Default, Owner and Public. Am I getting warmer? Since my desktop is already open, I have no way to verify whether one of them opens a desktop or not.

Is there any way to disable the lock function, so I don't even have to think about something that I'd never use in a million years?
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:02 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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OK, in c:\users, I get three file folders: Default, Owner and Public. Am I getting warmer? Since my desktop is already open, I have no way to verify whether one of them opens a desktop or not.

Is there any way to disable the lock function, so I don't even have to think about something that I'd never use in a million years?
"Owner" is your username. If you lock your desktop, it will display something like This computer is in use and has been locked by Owner. Simply click on the icon over Owner and the desktop will open back up.
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Old 05-18-2011, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Making a mountain out of a mole hill here buddy.
It's not that scary. Even if you did once set a password and have forgotten it if you did lock your computer by accidnets you could just shut it off with the switch and turn it on.
Locking is really more for the corporate world where you MUST use a password to log on.
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Old 05-19-2011, 11:16 PM
 
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Now why would they make it so very easy to brick your machine? Don't worry, you won't break anything by hitting lock.

Protip: Hold windows key and hit L, see what happens

Protip #2: hold windows key and hit R, then type %userprofile% and hit enter
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Now why would they make it so very easy to brick your machine? Don't worry, you won't break anything by hitting lock.

Protip: Hold windows key and hit L, see what happens

Protip #2: hold windows key and hit R, then type %userprofile% and hit enter
Protip 1: What does a Windows Key look like?

Protip 2: What should I expect to happen?
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:55 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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Protip 1: What does a Windows Key look like?

Protip 2: What should I expect to happen?
It's the key with the Windows logo on the lower left corner of the keyboard.

Here's a link to the keyboard shortcut list: List of the keyboard shortcuts that are available in Windows XP
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