Windows 8 Picture Password

Password to log in to your computer has come in different forms, initially we had and still have text passwords, where one uses the keyboard to type, then the finger print scanners (bio metric) were introduced, then there is face recognition (I am not sure how far this was successful), and now with Windows 8, Microsoft has introduced a new way to enter your passwords and its called Picture Passwords Smile. This is one of the newest and coolest features I have used so far. Its not that difficult to configure either (that’s the best part)

The idea behind this feature is that, you will have to select a picture and up to 3 different gesture combinations that you use to interact with it. These interactions can be either in a circular form or just lines, for an example, in a picture you can start connecting all your family members faces with a line and that can be a password or may be circle the face of your best friend.

How to do?

  • Click on the Control Panel App
  • Tap on Users
  • Create Picture Password
  • Enter your password
  • Once the account is authenticated it will give you an overview on the Picture password feature and will allow you to choose the picture
  • Select the Picture and position it and click use this picture
  • Create you gestures and confirm the gestures (Circles, lines and taps)

Once you receive the success message then you are done Smile

Below video would give more detailed info 

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Windows 8 (Developer Preview Pre-Beta) Installation Step by Step

This is what I have been waiting for quite some time nowSmile an official version of Windows 8 to try it out. After they released the Developer Preview Pre-beta version of Windows 8 yesterday at the BUILD conference I managed to download the ISO.

Since it was a Pre-Beta I started to install on top of a Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V machine ( I know the touch features – but something I want to sacrifice until later)

I created a new hyper-V virtual machine and started to install and it was almost the same as a Windows 7 installation except for the Windows 7 starting splash screen being replaced with another (refer screen shot below)

Here you go!

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Loading Files

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The changed splash screen from Windows 7

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Language Settings

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Installation Confirmation

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Setup is Starting

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Installation Option

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Disk Selection

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Installation Progress

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Restarting

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Setting up registry for the fist time and first time only

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Preparing to load

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Preparing the attached hardware devices

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License Agreement

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Initial startup and configuration

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Personalizing – Computer Name

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Setup Option – I selected “Express”

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Creating the first User Account

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Finalizing

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Loading User

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Preparing PC

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Icons “Tiles” which can be clicked

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More tiles and icons

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Desktop (revamped start button)

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Ribbon enabled Windows Explorer

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Built in Internet Explorer 10

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My Computer

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System Properties

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Hover over start button

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Other settings accessed through desktop settings

WOW… isn’t this mind blowing? Open-mouthed smile Awesome stuff.. stay tuned.. I am to explore more and try this on my slate Smile (reason why I was waiting till later)