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How to change your password in Windows

How to change your password in Windows

The use of passwords has been around since ancient times. Sentries would challenge those wanting to enter an area, and only after they had verbally given the password would they be allowed to proceed. Passwords are designed to make sure the right people have the right privileges to access a particular resource. In modern times, when you think of passwords it is usually connected with technology such as computers and websites.

Sometimes we want to change our passwords. It could be because you have given it out to a friend temporarily or maybe you just feel like you need a change. I personally change my password every 2 months as a security measure to make sure that my computer is only being accessed by me, and if anyone did manage to steal my password it is always going to be changing. I think it is best practise to change your password every 2 months or so.

There are two methods to changing your password on your Windows PC. The first method is probably the easiest.

Method 1 – Ctrl + Alt + Del

Pressing these three keys simultaneously will open up a light Administration option. This will allow you to access some functions as follows: Lock, Switch Users, Sign Out and Task Manager as well as the Change Password function. If you click on the Change Password option, you will be asked to input your current password. You will then have to enter your new password and confirm it by typing it one more time just in case you spelt it wrong.

Method 2 – User Options

If for whatever reason you want to change your password another way (who knows, the Delete key may be broken on your keyboard), you can change your password through Control Panel. If you are on a Windows 8 PC you can simply press the Windows key + S in order to pull up Search. If you type in “Control Panel” it will be the first option to come up. Otherwise if you are on a Windows 7 PC you can go to Start, then Control Panel.

For Windows 7

In Control Panel, select User Accounts and Family Safety, and under User Accounts you will see a few options; one will be “Change your Windows password”. Then click on “change password”.

Enter your current password and then hit Enter, and then confirm your new password. Now the next time you log in, you will need to use your new password.

For Windows 8

From Control Panel, if you switch to category view you will see User Accounts. Click on User Accounts and select make changes to my account in PC Settings. In PC settings go to accounts and then select change password.

These are the two options you have for being able to change your password. Either one will work, just make sure that you do not forget your password as Windows password recovery is not the easiest thing to do if you are not technically proficient.

I hope this article has helped you and please feel free to comment or ask questions, if you do require further assistance which changing your password, please call our main line or visit us at cloudbt.com.au.

 


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