Changing your Windows 10 user account password

Changing your Windows local account password is a simple procedure. Once logged in follow these steps:

  1. Press CTRL + ALT + DELETE on your keyboard
  2. Click Change Password
  3. Type your old password followed by a new password as indicated, and then type the new password again to confirm it.
  4. Click the little arrow labelled ‘Submit’ to the right of the Confirm Password field
  5. Windows will confirm if your password has been changed successfully or not.
  6. 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:

  1. NEVER use a password that you use for another service or device
  2. ALWAYS keep passwords unique to the service or device it applies to
  3. Use a mixture of upper and lower case characters, and at least 1 number and 1 symbol (e.g. ! * % $ ( ) “ . , ; : @ etc.)
  4. Make sure your password length is at least 8 characters
  5. DO NOT record a password somewhere obvious (post-it note on the screen etc!)
  6. DO use a password management tool to store your passwords securely
  7. If 2-factor authentication (2FA), or multi-factor authentication (MFA) is an option, use it
  8. DO NOT change passwords too frequently, especially when use a 2FA system to secure your account
  9. NEVER share your password with someone else
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