Setting desktop security for a Windows Vista computer

Password-protect all accounts on your computer

To set or change a user account password, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Double-click User Accounts.

If you already have a password follow these steps to change it:

  1. Click Change your password.
  2. Type your current password.
  3. Type a new password in both blank fields.

If you need to create a password follow these steps:

  1. Click Create a password for your account.
  2. Type a password in both blank fields.

For any other accounts on your computer, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Click Manage another account.
  2. When the User Account Control dialog box appears, click Continue.
  3. Select a user account and follow the steps above to set or change a password.

Disable the Windows Vista guest account

Disabling the Windows guest account prevents users without an account on your computer from logging in remotely or locally. 

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Double-click User Accounts.
  4. Click Mange another account.
  5. When the User Account Control dialog box appears, click Continue.
  6. If the Guest Account is turned on (it only notes if it is turned off), click Guest Account.
  7. Click Turn off the guest account.
  8. Close User Accounts.

Disable unnecessary system services

Faculty and staff: Make sure you do not need any of these services before disabling them. Contact the Help Center, or if your department has computer support personnel (CITAs),please check with them first before completing this step.

  1. Right-click this link and select Save Link as to save the file to your desktop.
  2. Right-click DisableServicesVista.bat and click Run as administrator to execute.
  3. When the User Account Control dialog box appears, click Continue.
  4. Press any key to continue as prompted (once at the beginning and once at the end). The window will close automatically.
  5. Restart your computer.

Disable file and print sharing

Faculty and staff
Make sure you do not need these services before disabling them. Contact the Help Center, or if your department has computer support personnel (CITAs), check with them first before completing this step.

Students
Information Technologies recommends that all items listed under Sharing and Discovery be set to off.

To change the settings follow these steps:

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Double-click Network and Sharing Center. The window should look similar to the following:
  4. The Sharing and Discovery section of this window lists whether you have File Sharing or Printer Sharing turned on or off.
  5. To change your sharing status, click on either File Sharing or Printer Sharing and turn the feature Off.
  6. Click Apply.
  7. When the User Account Control dialog box appears, click Continue.
  8. Repeat as needed.