How to change your user account password in Windows 10

You are probably aware of the risks you are exposed to by using the same 2-3 passwords on all your accounts, including the password you use to login into Windows 10. No matter what type of account you use to log in, a weak password will give access to your files to anyone who knows it or it is able to crack it. Therefore, you may want to reconsider changing it. Also, if your Windows 10 account has been compromised, you must change your password at once. In this article we will show you how to change your account password in Windows 10 in the easiest way possible:

How to change the password of your Microsoft account in Windows 10

Let’s assume that you’re signed into your Windows 10 with a Microsoft account. If you need a refresher on what a Microsoft account is, read this guide: What is a a Microsoft account?.

To change its password, open the Start Menu and, on the left side, you’ll notice the picture of the user that’s currently signed in. Click or tap on this picture.

Next, press “Change account settings" in the menu that opens.

Now, the Settings app opens. In the column on the left side of the Settings window, press Sign-in options.

Scroll down to the Password section and press the Change button to change your account password.

A new window will open, where you’ll be asked to reenter the password for your Microsoft account. When you are done, press the Sign in button, at the bottom of the window.

For security reasons Microsoft will ask you to enter a code to verify your identity. You can receive this code via text or email or through a two-step verification app (if one is configured for your Microsoft account). If you choose the text option, you have to enter the last four digits of your number in the text box below. If you choose to receive the code by email, you need to type your email address in the box below. Choose any of the options presented, press Next you’re done.

Enter the code you received via text or email, and type it in the the text box below. When you’re done, press Next.

Now, it’s time to change your password. In the first text field, type your old password. In the second field, type your new password and retype it in the third field. When everything is set, press Next.

That’s it! You can sign in into Windows 10 using your new Microsoft account password. Press Finish and you’re done.

How to change the password of your local account in Windows 10

If you’re signed into Windows 10 with a local user account and you want to change its password, things are done in a similar way.

First, open the Start Menu, and press the picture of the user that is currently signed in.

Next, press “Change account settings” in the menu that opens.

Now, the Settings app will open. In the column on the right side of the window, press Sign-in options.

Scroll down to the Password section and press the Change button to change your account password.

A new window will open, where you’ll be prompted to insert your old password. Type it in the text case and press Next.

Type your new password in the first field, re enter it in the second and type a hint in the third field. Once everything is set, press Next.

That's it! Press Finish and you’re done. Next time you sign into Windows 10, use your new local account password.

Useful links for resetting or changing passwords in Windows

It is also possible to change your Microsoft account’s password by using a web browser. To learn how to do this, read this article: How to Change the Password for Your Microsoft Account.

If you can’t login into your Microsoft account, because you don’t remember your password or any other reason, it is still possible to change it. Read How to reset the password for your Microsoft, Outlook or Xbox account to learn more about it.

If you are still using Windows 8.1 changing the passwords of your user accounts can also be done easily. If you are signed it with a local account read: How to Change the Password for Your Local User Account in Windows 8.1.

If you’re using a local account and you forgot your password, it is possible to log in again using a password reset disk. To learn how to use such a disc, read this article: How to use a password reset disk to change your Windows password.

Conclusion

As you can see, changing the password of your user account in Windows 10 can be done easily regardless of whether you use a local account or a Microsoft account. If you have any questions regarding this topic or if you encounter problems while changing the password don’t hesitate to share them with us in the comments below.