How to: Change Your Windows 10 Password

Posted by Rob Schnetzer on Thu, Aug, 22, 2019 @ 15:08 PM

Varying your Windows password regularly is a great habit to get into. This brief how to details changing your password, even if you don't remember it.

Changing Your Password in Windows 10

Change my Windows 10 password

If you already know the password then changing it is very easy. Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Click on the Start Menu

Windows 10 start menu

Step 2: Go to Settings

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Step 3: Go to Accounts

Windows 10 accounts

Step 4: Click on Sign-in Options

Windows settings Accounts

Step 5: Scroll down and click on Password, and then click Change. Enter your current password and then you'll be able to enter a new one. Easy as that!

Windows settings accounts change password


What if I forgot my Windows 10 password?

This undoubtedly a very frustrating position to be in, but luckily you still have a couple options left to change your password and re-gain access to your Windows 10 machine.

Option 1 - Reset your Microsoft account password online

If you use a Microsoft account to log in to Windows 10 and find yourself locked out, head to Microsoft's acount recovery website and enter your email address, phone number or Skype name, then click 'Next'. 

Choose how Microsoft will send you a security code, then enter the missing info and click 'Get code'.

Once you’ve received the security code, you’ll need to enter it in the “Verify your identity” box. You’ll now need to enter a new password; re-enter it to confirm, then click 'Next' to finalize the process.

If your machine is connected to the internet, it should receive the change from Microsoft and allow you to log in using your new credentials. 

Option 2 - Reset Your Local Account Password

Reset local account password for Windows 10, version 1803 and beyond:

If you added security questions when you set up your local account for Windows 10, then you have at least version 1803 and you can answer security questions to sign back in.

After you've entered an incorrect password:

  1. Select the Reset password link on the sign-in screen. If you use a PIN instead, see PIN sign-in issues. If you're using a work device that's on a network, you may not see an option to reset your password or PIN. In that case, contact your administrator.
  2. Answer your security questions
  3. Enter a new password
  4. Sign in as usual with the new password

Reset local system for Windows 10, before version 1803:

For versions of Windows 10 earlier than 1803, local account passwords can't be reset because there are no security questions. You can reset your device to choose a new password, however this option will permanently delete your data, programs, and settings.

If you've backed up your files you'll be able to restore your deleted files. For more information, see Recovery options in Windows 10

To reset your device, which will delete data, programs, and settings:

  1. Press the Shift key while you select the Power  button > Restart in the lower-right corner of the screen

    Warning! Proceeding with the next step will erase all data from your machine

  2. On the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot > Reset this PC

  3. Select Remove everything

Windows will now erase all data and restore your PC to it's factory settings. Once the process is complete you'll be prompted to create a new login.

Best of luck! This can be an incredibly frustrating position to be in, we completely understand. If none of the above options is helpful, we recommend checking out Microsoft's password recovery help site for complete up-to-date information regarding Windows 10. 

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