Windows 8 logo from www.oostdam.infoWindows 8 is a very nice product to my opinion. It is based on the previous 7 version but it can use apps instead of programs, but there is a full compatibility. Every program that runs on Windows 7 will run on Windows 8 as well. This product is amazing. Microsoft improved it in so many ways that a new set of articles will appear on this site the next couple of weeks. I really love it, and it works great. Read, enjoy, and start loving this end-user operatingsystem, just like I do already. 

Now in this article I would like to share with you the way to logon with a Windows 8 tablet version. Normally you logon to your system with you Microsoft or your domain account. On tablets however, this is more difficult and idle times are reached, before you entered your credentials. The pin-code like you use on your phone or Ipad is not enough for synchronisized Windows 8 devices. You can always lose a device, and especially when Windows 8 is used in business environments, data protection is everything. Now Microsoft developed a new authentication code thats called Picture-Password. So,... that makes 5 logon authentication modes available for Windows 8 now!  You could always logon to your laptop or desktop, using your domain, or local account. The Microsoft account is new in combination with Windows 8, and the last two methods are described below. The Picture-Password and the Pin-Code. I use it myself, on my old Lenovo X-60 system and decided to share the "how to.. " with you all through this article. 

Where can I start, setting up these authentication methods:Picture-Password and Pin-Code for Windows 8 - - picture 01
Picture-Password and Pin-Code for Windows 8 - - picture 0This is easy, but for the complete picture... when you are logged on to the Apps View, go with your mouse to the utmost right side of your screen, or just begin typing "PC Settings" and the auto App search function will start displaying it. Click it, and choose the second option from above named "Users". Here you can choose both options. 


Adding a picture password to your Windows 8 tablet:
When you are in the users pc settings, just click or tab the "Change Picture password" area and directly afterwards Picture-Password and Pin-Code for Windows 8 - - picture 02you must enter your domain, local or Microsoft credentials because this verifies that you are the correct logged on user, and that you are allowed to setup this new password protection type. 

Just type it in your password and click or tab "OK".

Now I'm using a picture of my car for this demonstration, don't bother to steel my device,...  I changed it already :-)
You can choose another picture from one of your libraries everytime you like, but now w'll use this one.

Picture-Password and Pin-Code for Windows 8 - - picture 03

Now you have to make 3 drawings, figures, some letters, or whatever you can remember in the picture to setup your authentication.

Picture-Password and Pin-Code for Windows 8 - - picture 04
The drawings/gestures you make are memorized and stored within the system in a very difficult and large amout of numbers, mainly based on the pixels in your picture, the drawing order and speed. In this example I draw a circle on my wheel, a line on a white colored tree in the background and a square within my left car window. Lines, circles, whatever you want is allowed. 

The authentication itselves has nothing to do at all with your picture, the picture is only a helpfull tool for you, to remember where and what you must draw, in order to get authenticated.

Therefore,.. choose your picture carefully!

After your drawings/gestures, you will have to confirm the settings, just like you do with a password.
Do it rather the same as you did first, there is a reasonable error margin, you can do it, and otherwise the system will give you enough changes to do it again. And your done! 

Remember that you can always logon with another (administrative) account, or method to remove this authentication type from your device again through the PC settings. 


Adding a Pin-Code to your Windows 8 tablet:
When you have used an Ipad, Android or a modern phone before, you will know this authentication type. You can find it in the users PC settings, like shown in the second picture Picture-Password and Pin-Code for Windows 8 - - picture 05in this article. 

Enter and confirm your Pin-code and your done!

Remember that you can always logon with another (administrative) account, or method to remove this authentication type from your device again through the PC settings. 

Tip: Always use both of the above mentioned authentication types on a device. A little more effort at logon, but it triples the security of your data, stored on your (tablet)device. The Picture-Password will be asked first when you start your tablet and directly after that the pin-code.

I hope this article has helped you, and is getting you enthusiastic for Windows 8 as much as I already am! 

Ben OostdamBen Oostdam has been working with Windows systems since 1993. Worked for several companies as a system administrator, and is currently a Senior Engineer and (Freelance)Trainer for a large company in the Netherlands specialized in System Center and Messaging Solutions, ad-hoc solutions and work-arounds for major issue's.

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