How to Change Your Password in Windows 10

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Even if you don't have a treasure map located in your files, your Windows password is still very important. If you suspect someone has your password,  you've been re-using passwords and decide to be safer, or simply feel like changing it, Windows 10 gives you three different options to go about changing your password.

You can always choose a regular new password--we recommend using a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols. Usually it's best if these passwords are at least eight characters long. Although we advise you to use an alphanumeric password format because it's safer, you can also change your password into a pin or picture that lets you sign in to your Microsoft account quicker.

Also, literally keep your eye out for Windows Hello, which allows you to sign in to your account through iris, face, or fingerprint detection. New PCs will ship later this year with this new technology. Don't wait until then to change your password if you need to!

To Change / Set a Password

1. Click the Start button at the bottom left of your screen.

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2. Click Settings from the list to the left.

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3. Select Accounts.

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4. Select Sign-in options from the menu.

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5. Click on Change under Change your account password.

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6.  In order to change your password, you have to sign in with your current Microsoft account password. Enter your password in the box. Click Sign in.

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7.  Microsoft will send you a new code to change your password through the phone number that is associated with your account. Enter the last four digits of your phone number to verify it is the correct number. Press Enter.

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8. You will receive a code on your phone. Enter the code.

9. A new page will direct you to enter your old password and then type in a new password. Reenter the new password. Press Enter.

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If you see this message than you successfully changed your password!

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Change Your Password to a PIN

1.  Follow steps 1-4 under To Change Your Current Password above.

2. Within Sign-in options, click on Add under PIN.

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3. In order to change your password, you have to sign in with your current Microsoft account password. Enter your password in the box. Click Sign in.

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4. Enter a new pin in the first box and reenter it in the second one. Click OK. You can now use this pin to sign into your Microsoft account.

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Change Your Password to a Picture Password

1. Follow the steps 1-4 under Change Your Current Password above.

2. Within Sign-in options, click on Add under Picture Password.

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3. Enter your Microsoft account password to verify it's your account. Click OK.

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4. Click on Choose Picture. Choose a photo from your files.

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5.  Click on Use this picture if you like it or click on Choose new picture if you don't. You can drag your photo to position it however you want.

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6. You will have to set up three gestures that will become part of your picture password. With your cursor, draw lines or circles that coordinate with your photo. I traced three spikes in the crown of this statue of liberty I saw on the streets of New York.

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If you see this message then you successfully created your picture password! This photo will show up when you sign into your Microsoft account. Simply retrace your gestures and you'll be signed in.

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Having issues with Windows 10? Our sister site, Tom’s Hardware, has a team of staffers standing by in the forums to answer your questions 24/7.

 

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18 comments
  • Michael Sterling Says:

    I want to change my laptop login, not my hotmail login. How do I change just the password on the laptop? I don't want to use the same for both.

  • Linda Sadler Says:

    I just wanted to change my windows password, but I have NO idea WHAT you are talking about starting at Step 7. Why does it have to be so complicated?!!!!!

  • ramodla1996 Says:

    after doing settings>accounts>sign in options, when i click on change, nothing is happening i mean its not processing towards....so what can i do for that??? plz reply me fast.....

  • Izabella Says:

    I was really looking for when you open your laptop and you need to use your password to get into the laptop. how do I change that password?

  • Glenn Says:

    Didn't work for me. Far too complicated. Will continue to use old password for the foreseeable future until I can get a tech to do this for me.

  • Ramkumar Says:

    I am purchasing dell laptop new Password credit not working

  • Lovey Says:

    I need to be assisted to open my Microsoft accounts and i for my password.every last time am putting my password it telling me to go at account.live.com
    Pls help

  • Carleton Cline Says:

    I purchased a hp 15-p030nr laptop. The seller upgraded from windows 8 to windows 10. I do not have the password that was used to access program to select and enter a new password. Could you please assist me with this issue??

  • Riyaz Says:

    Hi,I purchased HP laptop,windows10 OS in that machine.For open the laptop i used my Gmail I'd and password.But I don't want to continue sign in with my Gmail I'd . Anyone help me how to change sign I'd

  • Riyaz Says:

    Hi,I purchased HP laptop,windows10 OS in that machine.For open the laptop i used my Gmail I'd and password.But I don't want to continue sign in with my Gmail I'd . Anyone help me how to change sign I'd

  • momen sarker Says:

    I can't give the pass ward & i can't on my laptop in wind 10

  • Margaret Says:

    I just purchased a HP laptop and have forgotten my logon password. How can I reset my password?

  • chuks Nduka Says:

    I am using HP Envy x360 touchsmart. I changed my outlook password which is the same password with my screen password. The password was changed successfully but I cannot open my laptop. When I type in the new password, my laptop tells me that the password is wrong please I need assistance in correcting this. Recently I upgraded to windows10.

  • Carlos Says:

    Thanks for doing what Dell, and Best Buy anted to charge $200 for. You are the best.
    Be blessed

  • Fadzai Chindanya Says:

    Thanks, it worked
    Easy n straight forward

  • paramjit Says:

    Hi,i have a lenovo edge 15 laptop(windows 10) i wnt to switch off the password requirement asked on starting my laptop. I have searched too much for the option, but cant find it as there are only password change options in setting plss help.

  • Akbar Ali Says:

    Too long procedure and too circuitous enough to confuse a user. Explain in simple and few steps. It may not be so easy for a non-computer person.

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