We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
5,135 Software Downloads

WinLockPRO 4 Beta

WinLockPRO is a simple tool which attempts to bring the Windows 8 lock screen to Windows 7 PCs.

Configuring the program starts by choosing a user name, and a password. And you're also able to choose a new background for your lock screen. WinLockPRO provides plenty of options here - which is presumably why its executable file is around 30MB in size - but, slightly bizarrely, you can't just point the program to a JPEG on your own system.

Once everything is set up, then you can launch the lock screen from WinLockPro's system tray icon in a couple of clicks. And it looks just like the Windows 8 equivalent, with the date and a clock displayed on top of your preferred desktop wallpaper. Press the space bar to dismiss it, then enter the password you defined earlier.

What the system doesn't do, unfortunately, is provide much in the way of security. So while it looks like the Windows 8 lock screen, simply pressing Alt+Tab is enough to see the currently running applications. And while you can't easily view them, a determined attacker can simply launch Task Manager, close down WinLockPRO and do whatever they like.

WinLockPRO won't make you safe, then, and there's very little "locking" to be found here: it's really just a simple way to bring a part of the look of Windows 8 to your Windows 7 PC.

Platforms: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit)
Version: 4
Licence: Freeware
Manufacturer: BlueZap
Date Added: {ts '2012-01-17 11:14:00'}


IDG UK Sites

Android One vs Android Silver vs Google Nexus: What is the difference?

IDG UK Sites

Apple updates MacBook Pro line-up: Price cuts & spec boosts for 6 MacBook Pro models

IDG UK Sites

Long live the internet fridge: the Internet of Things is coming

IDG UK Sites

How Prometheus' colourist Juan Ignacio Cabrera gave a tense, edgy feel to Chosen