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Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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The Login Screen

Here you provide your account name and password.

But logging in no longer has to mean typing a password. One of Windows 8’s primary goals is to embrace touchscreens, and typing is a pain on tablets.

Therefore, you can log in using any of four techniques:

  • Draw three lines, taps, or circles on a photo you’ve selected (Figure 1-3).

  • Type in a four-digit number you’ve memorized.

  • Type a traditional password.

  • Skip the security altogether. Jump directly to the Start screen when you turn on the machine.

To choose which method you want, see Customizing the Login Process.

In any case, once you’ve gotten past the security barrier, you finally wind up at the hallmark of Windows 8: the new Start screen.

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