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 . 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
Below video would give more detailed info
This is what I have been waiting for quite some time now 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!
The changed splash screen from Windows 7
Setup is Starting
Setting up registry for the fist time and first time only
Preparing to load
Preparing the attached hardware devices
Initial startup and configuration
Personalizing – Computer Name
Setup Option – I selected “Express”
Creating the first User Account
Icons “Tiles” which can be clicked
More tiles and icons
Desktop (revamped start button)
Ribbon enabled Windows Explorer
Built in Internet Explorer 10
Hover over start button
Other settings accessed through desktop settings
WOW… isn’t this mind blowing? Awesome stuff.. stay tuned.. I am to explore more and try this on my slate (reason why I was waiting till later)