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How to Change Windows Password on Windows 10/7/8/XP/Vista

Jerry Leo

May 01,2018 06:17 / Posted by to Windows Tips
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How to change Windows password? This question is often asked in the Microsoft support forum. In fact, changing windows password includes many factors. So you should make sure which Windows operating system do you use and whether you know the admin password. And the following will introduce you how to change Windows password in a couple of minutes. Please choose the right one by yourselves.

Section I - Tutorials on How to change password Windows 10

For Windows 10 users, there are 3 different parts about how to change password on Windows 10. And in the first and second part, you should know the old password. Therefore, if you forgot your Windows 10 password and would like to change it, please refer to the third part.

Part I. How to change computer password windows 10 using Microsoft Account

In Windows 10, users can use Microsoft Account to sign in Windows PC by default. So there are 2 methods to change administrator password on windows 10, if your lock screen password is Microsoft Account. The first one is to change microsoft account password windows 10 online. And the second one is to change user account password windows 10 by settings.

Using Microsoft Account is very useful, when you know your Microsoft account current password. However, please check the Part III, if you have forgotten your Windows password and unable to sign-in. All windows passwords are supported, such as Microsoft account password and local admin and user account password.

Firstly, follow the below steps to change your Microsoft Account online

Step 1. Go to and then sign into your Microsoft account.

Step 2. Select Change Password of Security.

Step 3. Enter your current password, type the new password you would like to change, and then reenter the new password. The next step is to select Save.

Secondly, tutorial on how to use Settings app to Change Microsoft account password

In this way, we will show you how to change your Microsoft account password via Settings app. And this way is also easy to operate. So just follow the below simple steps.

Step 1. Click Settings icon on the left hand side of the Start menu to open the settings panel. Select Accounts(Your account, sync settings, work, family) and then choose the Sign-in options in the accounts settings window.

Step 2. Hit the Change button under Password section. At this time, a password panel will pop up asking you to enter your current password. Enter it and hit the Sign-in button to open the Microsoft account password changing screen. Type your current password and enter the new password. Finally reenter the new password. Now you've successfully change your password by clicking the Next button.

Part II. How to change login password windows 10 for a Local Account

Please use this method, if you didn't use the Microsoft Account to sign in the PC. It is useful to change Windows 10 password

Step 1. Open the Power User menu by using the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut and select the Control Panel option.

Step 2. Click the Change the password link in the Change an Account panel. Enter your current password, type the new password, reenter the new password and then click the Next button. Now you've change your password successfully.

Part III. How to change your password on Windows 10 if forgotten

When you forgot your Windows 10 password, try the following ways to change the password for your Windows PC. Please refer to Microsoft Support about how to reset your Microsoft account password, if you use Microsoft account to sign in the PC. Because this passage will help you to change password on Windows 10 if you forgotten by resetting your Microsoft account password online and Windows 10 PC local.

However, the problem will be harder than the first one, if you didn't use Microsoft account. At the same time you forgot the password for Windows 10. Because it needs a password reset disk or a Windows 10 password recovery tool. Please check the detailed article: Best 3 Windows 10 Password Reset Tools to Reset Windows 10 Password when you forgot it.

Section II - Guide on How to Change password Windows 7

Setting a password on Windows 7 can add a level of security to your computer. So an available suggestion is to set a password on Windows. In addition, it is highly recommended to change Windows password regularly, which is a good habit to keep your PC security. Here are some simple methods to recover forgotten Windows password among Windows7 once you can not log on with a wrong password.

Method 1: Change Windows 7 password with Control Panel.

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The steps to change Windows password are different on different Windows OS. And they are based on Windows 7 password reset.

Step 1. Click Start, Control Panel and User Accounts in order.

Step 2. Pick the specified Windows account whose password you want to change.

Step 3. Click on Change the password.

Step 4. Enter your current password and type a new password, and then click Change Password button.

Note: you may need appropriate privileges to change the password of another user.

Method 2: Change Windows password by Pressing Ctrl +Alt +Del.

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It is the easiest way to change Windows password for Windows 7

1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del when you log onto your Windows 7 PC.
2. Click on Change password.
3. Type your new password, enter your new password to confirm it, and then press Enter.

1. If your press Ctrl + Alt + Del when you log onto your Windows XP, it will show you the classic security options instead. Click Change Password to change Windows XP password of the logged on user.

2. But if the security options does not appear. Task Manager shows up instead of the security options. Just go to Start, Control Panel, User Accounts and Change the way Users Log on or off. And then uncheck Use the Welcome Screen.

3. Only when you login the PC with an available admin account and password, you can change Windows XP password with the method.

Method 3: Change Windows password with lusrmgr.msc

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The following steps are operated to change Windows password.
1. Click Start button and input lusrmgr.msc into the Search box.
2. In the coming Local Users and Groups screen, double-click Local Users and Groups, and then hit Users.
3.Right-click the account that you need to reset the password for, and then hit Set Password.
4. Type and confirm the new password.

Method 4: Change Windows Password with Windows Password Recovery Toolkit

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Windows Password Unlocker Standard allows you to change lost or forgotten password on Windows 7/Vista/XP.You can use this method to reset Windows password when you are locked out of computer without a password reset disk.

1. Download Windows Password Unlocker Standard and install it in any accessible computer.
2. Run the program and insert a bootable CD/DVD.
3. Burn an ISO image file to the CD/DVD.
4. Set your locked computer to boot form CD/DVD.
5. Change Windows password with the burned CD/DVD.

By the way, if you have a USB flash drive at hand, things will get more convenient with Windows Password Unlocker Professional.

These are the simple methods can be applied to change Windows password on Windows 7/Vista/ XP. Of course, there are some other ways for your choice. Please remember your changed password. It is easy for one to get the Windows password lost after changing it. Otherwise, you'll need to bypass forgotten Windows password with Method 4 if you are locked out of computer.

Moreover, these four methods to change password Windows 7 are also suitable for Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Section III - Tips for Windows 8 Change Password

The above methods are suitable for Windows 7/XP/Vista. Therefore, if you use Windows 8 operating system, please refer to How to Change Windows 8 Password. Because this passage will show you how to change the Windows 8 password when you remember the old password. And it will give you a great solution on how to recover lost password for Windows 8 even if it is forgotten.

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