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Original Air Date: Mar 13, 2014

Log into Windows 8 without a password

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By now, you should know that having a long, somewhat complex password is a necessity to help fend off password attacks.

We always recommend adding a string of special characters or numbers to the end of a password you can remember and shoot for at least 15 characters.

But typing that long password in every time you start your computer can get to be a pain, so if you’re running Windows 8, you've got some options for signing in quickly but retaining your complex password.

The first alternative is to setup a picture password that has gestures associated with it.

You basically pick a picture, create three gestures that can include lines, circles or taps on the picture and that becomes a sign in alternative.

The gesture based sign-in is especially handy on tablets or touchscreens, but you can also set it up on standard computers using your mouse.

The other option is to add a 4 digit PIN that can be used as your sign in access code instead of the computer’s primary password.

The step-by-step instructions for setting up these convenient alternatives is posted at