How to Change Your Password in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

There’s not much point to having a user account in Windows 10 if you don’t have a password (and one that can be changed when needed). Without one, Charles from the next cubicle can click your account on the Sign In screen, which gives him free reign to snoop through your files.

Administrators, especially, should have passwords. If they don’t, they’re automatically letting anybody wreak havoc with the PC: When a permission’s screen appears, anybody can just press Enter at the password screen to gain entrance.

Microsoft account holders can change their passwords online. Local account holders can create or change a password by following these steps:

  1. Click the Start button and choose Settings from the Start menu.

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  2. When the Settings app appears, click the Accounts icon.

    The familiar Accounts window appears, showing ways to change your own account and change your account photo.

  3. Choose the Sign-in Options link from the Accounts window’s left edge.

    The Sign-In Options screen appears.

  4. In the Password section on the window’s right side, click the Change button.

    People who haven’t created a password should instead click the Create a Password button.

  5. Make up an easy-to-remember password and type it into the New Password text box. Then retype the same characters into the Retype Password text box below it, and click Next.

    Retyping the password eliminates the chance of typos.

    Changing an existing password works slightly differently: The screen shows a Current Password text box where you must first type your existing password. (That keeps pranksters from sneaking over and changing your password during lunch hours.)