Windows NT 4.0/2000 and above allow the workstation to be “locked”. This keeps all your programs running but denies access to the console unless the original user's password is entered. This allows a degree of privacy if you are leaving your computer unattended but do not wish to close all your programs and log out completely.
To lock the workstation:
In Windows XP and above, a faster method is to press Windows Key-L (ÿ-L).
To unlock the workstation:
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