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HELP!!!!!!!!!!! Unlocking the "Lock" on vista

  1. #1


    JackieD Guest

    HELP!!!!!!!!!!! Unlocking the "Lock" on vista

    I'm new to vista... and see there is a lock function (son found it when
    accessing the Task Management) and he accidently hit lock... my question is..
    how do you unlock it? or will it reset when I shut down the computer? I
    assume I need to use my password to get back into my user (its password
    protected)??? I'm not sure whether to shut down the computer incase I can
    never get back in again... lol..

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  2. #2


    Paul Smith Guest

    Re: HELP!!!!!!!!!!! Unlocking the "Lock" on vista

    "JackieD" <JackieD@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:25321184-A193-46DB-9A51-EC84F720E31B@microsoft.com...
    > I'm new to vista... and see there is a lock function (son found it when
    > accessing the Task Management) and he accidently hit lock... my question
    > is..
    > how do you unlock it? or will it reset when I shut down the computer? I
    > assume I need to use my password to get back into my user (its password
    > protected)??? I'm not sure whether to shut down the computer incase I can
    > never get back in again... lol..


    You can just click on your user picture on the lock screen or enter your
    password to login again.

    It's basically designed so if you're stepping away from your machine for a
    few minutes you can lock the machine to prevent somebody else from snooping
    around on your desktop, then when back login again. In fact it works the
    same as the 'switch user' feature, in that it keeps you logged onto the
    system, but requires you to click your user picture or enter a password to
    show your desktop.

    --
    Paul Smith,
    Yeovil, UK.
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User.
    http://www.dasmirnov.net/blog/
    http://www.windowsresource.net/

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  3. #3


    Gary G. Little Guest

    Re: HELP!!!!!!!!!!! Unlocking the "Lock" on vista

    He more than likely fat-fingered the Windows+L key combination. I use that
    every evening to lock access to my system. Alternately he selected "lock"
    from the Start menu.

    Like Pul said, select your icon or login name and log in.

    --
    The personal opinion of
    Gary G. Little

    "Paul Smith" <Paul@nospam.windowsresource.net> wrote in message
    news:uNNpCf41HHA.1100@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > "JackieD" <JackieD@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:25321184-A193-46DB-9A51-EC84F720E31B@microsoft.com...
    >> I'm new to vista... and see there is a lock function (son found it when
    >> accessing the Task Management) and he accidently hit lock... my question
    >> is..
    >> how do you unlock it? or will it reset when I shut down the computer? I
    >> assume I need to use my password to get back into my user (its password
    >> protected)??? I'm not sure whether to shut down the computer incase I can
    >> never get back in again... lol..

    >
    > You can just click on your user picture on the lock screen or enter your
    > password to login again.
    >
    > It's basically designed so if you're stepping away from your machine for a
    > few minutes you can lock the machine to prevent somebody else from
    > snooping around on your desktop, then when back login again. In fact it
    > works the same as the 'switch user' feature, in that it keeps you logged
    > onto the system, but requires you to click your user picture or enter a
    > password to show your desktop.
    >
    > --
    > Paul Smith,
    > Yeovil, UK.
    > Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User.
    > http://www.dasmirnov.net/blog/
    > http://www.windowsresource.net/
    >
    > *Remove nospam. to reply by e-mail*
    >
    >




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  4. #4


    JackieD Guest

    Re: HELP!!!!!!!!!!! Unlocking the "Lock" on vista

    Thanks Paul..

    "Paul Smith" wrote:

    > "JackieD" <JackieD@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:25321184-A193-46DB-9A51-EC84F720E31B@microsoft.com...
    > > I'm new to vista... and see there is a lock function (son found it when
    > > accessing the Task Management) and he accidently hit lock... my question
    > > is..
    > > how do you unlock it? or will it reset when I shut down the computer? I
    > > assume I need to use my password to get back into my user (its password
    > > protected)??? I'm not sure whether to shut down the computer incase I can
    > > never get back in again... lol..

    >
    > You can just click on your user picture on the lock screen or enter your
    > password to login again.
    >
    > It's basically designed so if you're stepping away from your machine for a
    > few minutes you can lock the machine to prevent somebody else from snooping
    > around on your desktop, then when back login again. In fact it works the
    > same as the 'switch user' feature, in that it keeps you logged onto the
    > system, but requires you to click your user picture or enter a password to
    > show your desktop.
    >
    > --
    > Paul Smith,
    > Yeovil, UK.
    > Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User.
    > http://www.dasmirnov.net/blog/
    > http://www.windowsresource.net/
    >
    > *Remove nospam. to reply by e-mail*
    >
    >
    >


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  5. #5


    JackieD Guest

    Re: HELP!!!!!!!!!!! Unlocking the "Lock" on vista

    Thanks Gary... appreciate your help..

    "Gary G. Little" wrote:

    > He more than likely fat-fingered the Windows+L key combination. I use that
    > every evening to lock access to my system. Alternately he selected "lock"
    > from the Start menu.
    >
    > Like Pul said, select your icon or login name and log in.
    >
    > --
    > The personal opinion of
    > Gary G. Little
    >
    > "Paul Smith" <Paul@nospam.windowsresource.net> wrote in message
    > news:uNNpCf41HHA.1100@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > > "JackieD" <JackieD@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > > news:25321184-A193-46DB-9A51-EC84F720E31B@microsoft.com...
    > >> I'm new to vista... and see there is a lock function (son found it when
    > >> accessing the Task Management) and he accidently hit lock... my question
    > >> is..
    > >> how do you unlock it? or will it reset when I shut down the computer? I
    > >> assume I need to use my password to get back into my user (its password
    > >> protected)??? I'm not sure whether to shut down the computer incase I can
    > >> never get back in again... lol..

    > >
    > > You can just click on your user picture on the lock screen or enter your
    > > password to login again.
    > >
    > > It's basically designed so if you're stepping away from your machine for a
    > > few minutes you can lock the machine to prevent somebody else from
    > > snooping around on your desktop, then when back login again. In fact it
    > > works the same as the 'switch user' feature, in that it keeps you logged
    > > onto the system, but requires you to click your user picture or enter a
    > > password to show your desktop.
    > >
    > > --
    > > Paul Smith,
    > > Yeovil, UK.
    > > Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User.
    > > http://www.dasmirnov.net/blog/
    > > http://www.windowsresource.net/
    > >
    > > *Remove nospam. to reply by e-mail*
    > >
    > >

    >
    >
    >


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