How to Change Your Windows Account Password - dummies

How to Change Your Windows Account Password

By Dan Gookin

It’s recommended that you change passwords at least once every three months. This is the best practice to ensure that your stuff on the computer is safe. To change your account password in Windows, adhere to these steps:

  1. Open the Control Panel.

  2. Open the User Accounts window.

    • In Windows 7, choose User Accounts and Family Safety and then User Accounts again.

    • In Windows Vista, choose User Accounts and then User Accounts.

    • In Windows XP, open the User Accounts icon and choose your account from the bottom of the window.

  3. Choose Change Your Password.

    It’s titled Change My Password in Windows XP.

  4. Type your current password.

  5. Type the new password.

  6. Type the new password again to confirm that you can, indeed, type the same thing twice.

  7. Enter a password hint.

    You can’t securely make the hint the same as the password or place the password into the hint text.

  8. Click the Change Password button.

  9. Close the User Accounts window.

You probably use passwords all over the place in your computer and on the Internet. The methods for changing these passwords vary. For programs on your computer, such as your email program, use the program’s Options or Setup window to configure the email account password.