You never know when you’ll need to know how to change your password in Windows 10. But we do know that having unique passwords and changing them regularly is something that leading cybersecurity experts unanimously recommend.
If you are using the same password for online accounts as your Windows 10 device (especially if you sign in through your Microsoft account), then it is a potential security risk, and it is a situation that you will want to correct immediately. If you are concerned about never remembering hundreds of different passwords, then one of the best password managers will do the hard work for you.
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Changing your password in Windows 10 is actually quite a straightforward process and can be done in just a few minutes which is very helpful as it is definitely not something you need to do once and then not worry, you should reset your password at least every couple of months.
A side note: if you sign in through a Microsoft account, you will need to visit your site to change your password. Additionally, Microsoft now allows you login to your account without password absolutely.
Otherwise: If you’re not sure how to change your password in Windows 10, just follow our step-by-step instructions below and your device will be safe in minutes.
1. Open the Start menu and select Settings
The Start menu can be found in the lower left corner of the toolbar, just press the Windows logo to open it. Alternatively, you can type “settings” in the search bar to the right of the Start menu icon.
2. Select Accounts
Now that you have the settings menu open, you must select the Accounts option. If for some reason you are having trouble locating it, you can also search for Accounts using the search bar located at the top of the Settings Menu.
3. Select your login options.
Along the left side of the Accounts menu, there is a list of submenus. Select the one labeled Login Options from the list. Again, there is a search bar too, in case you have any trouble locating the login options tab.
4. Under Password, select Change
In the login options menu, there will be a tab labeled ‘Password’, select it and then hit the switch button at the bottom. You can also press Ctrl + Alt + Del and choose ‘Change password’ from the submenu that will open later.
5. Enter your current password
You will be asked to enter your current password at this time. So just type in the password that is currently set on your Windows 10 device.
6. Enter your new password
You can now select a new password. You will also be asked to confirm the password to make sure it is something that you actually remember. You can also set a password hint, word or phrase that will jog your memory in case you forget your password.
However, be careful when selecting a password hint, don’t make your hint too obvious, otherwise you will be giving potentially unwanted people easy access to your device.
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