Briefly, the new picture password feature on Windows 8 will enable users to select any image they want, draw circles and lines upon it, and make a password out of the gestures. Then the next time the user needs sign-in to Windows, they will be prompted to repeat the gestures on the picture instead of having to type a password. This new method of signing in on Windows 8 will work on touch enabled devices as well as on desktop PCs, but by default the feature is disabled, follow the steps below to create a picture password:


  1. Use the  +I to bring the menu and click Change PC settings.

  2. From the PC settings, navigate Users and click on Create a picture password.

  3. Windows 8 needs to verify that you are the owner of the account, just enter your account password and click OK.

  4. Then the Windows 8 picture password wizard will appear, click Choose picture.

  5. Click to select image that you like and it will make easy for you to remember the gestures, and then click Open from the bottom-right corner of the screen.

  6. In this step you can drag the image to a position you want, then if you are OK with the image and position click Use this picture, or if you are not satisfied,  you can change it by clicking Choose a different picture.

  7. Now comes the fun part, sketch three different patterns, use circles, straight lines, and/or taps.

  8. To confirm, repeat the same three gestures remembering the orientation in which you drew them the first time. If you did it right, you’ll get the Congratulations page, then just simply click the Finish button at the bottom. And now you are enrolled with picture password on Windows 8.

  9. To test picture password, use the keyboard shortcut +L to lock the PC and now try to log-in once again, but this time the picture password display instead of the traditional password prompt. If you prefer watching the processes, here is the video to learn how to create a picture password:

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