Changing your Windows local account password is a simple procedure. Once logged in follow these steps:
- Press CTRL + ALT + DELETE on your keyboard
- Click Change Password
- Type your old password followed by a new password as indicated, and then type the new password again to confirm it.
- Click the little arrow labelled ‘Submit’ to the right of the Confirm Password field
- Windows will confirm if your password has been changed successfully or not.
- If successful, click OK
Your password has been changed.
Starting with build 1803 of Windows 10, you may be prompted to enter answers to some security questions.
When choosing and changing a password, we recommend the following:
- NEVER use a password that you use for another service or device
- ALWAYS keep passwords unique to the service or device it applies to
- Use a mixture of upper and lower case characters, and at least 1 number and 1 symbol (e.g. ! * % $ ( ) “ . , ; : @ etc.)
- Make sure your password length is at least 8 characters
- DO NOT record a password somewhere obvious (post-it note on the screen etc!)
- DO use a password management tool to store your passwords securely
- If 2-factor authentication (2FA), or multi-factor authentication (MFA) is an option, use it
- DO NOT change passwords too frequently, especially when use a 2FA system to secure your account
- NEVER share your password with someone else