How to Change Computer Password

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In today's tech age, it has become very important to protect your computer and its contents. And that's why we recommend you to change your password regularly. That way, you keep your computer save and also avoid your password getting stolen. You will definitely have multiple accounts, so make sure each account has a unique password so that the hacker doesn't get access to another account using the password of the first one.

The process of changing passwords is slightly different on Windows 7, Windows 8/ 8.1, and Windows 10. Let's take a look at how to change computer password for different Windows version.

Part 1. Ways to Change Windows 10 Computer Password

Let's see how to change Windows 10 computer password when you are able to get into it.

Way 1. Using Sign-in Options

Step 1. Tap on the Windows icon. Go to Settings.

Go to settings

Step 2. Go to Accounts and select Sign-in Option.

Go to sign in option

Step 3. Click on Change in the Password section. Enter the old password.

Enter old password

Step 4. To make sure it is you, a code will be sent to your registered mobile number. Enter the code and proceed further.

Use registered mobile number

Step 5. Change your password and click Enter.

user account windows10

Way 2. Using Netplwiz

Step 1. Press Windows + R together to open the Run dialog box. Type netplwiz and hit Enter.


Step 2. Choose User and click on Administrator. Then click on Reset Password.

Go to admiiinistrator

Step 3. Enter new password and hit OK.

enter new password

Part 2. Ways to Change Windows 8/ 8.1 Computer Password

Here is what you can do to change your Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 computer password.

Way 1. Using PC Settings

Step 1. Swipe right on the screen and click on Settings.

go to settings

Step 2. Click on Change PC Settings. Go to Accounts.

Step 3. Click on Sign-in Options and then Change below Password.

Click on sign in option

Step 4. Enter your existing password and the new one twice. Click Enter and then Finish.

Enter new password

Way 2. Using the PIN Code

Step 1. Sign in using your pin code.

use pincode

Step 2. Press Windows and X together to open the Command Prompt (Admin) dialog box.

open command prompt

Step 3. A black screen will appear on your screen. Type Net User <user name><new password>

Press Enter. Another screen will appear on your screen. Type the password and then click Enter again.

Enter passwooord

If you are wondering how do I change the computer password of my admin account of Windows 8/ 8.1, then that's how you do it.

Part 3. Ways to Change Windows 7 Computer Password

There are two ways you can use to change computer password for Windows 7.

Way 1. Use Computer Control Panel

Step 1. Click on the Windows icon and type Control Panel. Open the application and go to User Accounts.

Step 2. Select Change Your Password. Select your account and create a new password.

change windows password

Step 3. Log out of the computer using your user account and log in again using the new password.

Way 2. Use Password Reset Wizard

Here's how to change your computer password using Reset Disk. When you fail to login into your computer using your user account, your computer will ask if you want to use Reset Disk.

Step 1. Click yes and the Password Reset Wizard will pop-up on the screen.

Step 2. Click Next and enter the password of the key disk.

Enter the password

Step 3. Choose the location of the recovery disk and click Next.

Choose a location

Step 4. The wizard will ask if you want to set a new password for the admin account. Click Next and enter the new password.

Set new password

Step 5. Click Next. Once it is processed, click Finish.

Part 4. Best Way to Change All Windows Versions Computer Password

Unfortunately, none of these methods will work if you don't remember your password. Factory reset isn't the answer because you will lose all your stored information, including documents, bank details, videos, and photos.

You can rather use PassFab 4WinKey, which is a software that helps you change computer password of all four versions of Windows, including Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. Let's take a look at how to change my computer password using PassFab 4WinKey.

Step 1. Download and install the PassFab 4WinKey software on a computer, which you have access to. Insert a USB Drive. Make sure you save all the information from the USB Drive to the computer because all data is lost when you burn it.

Step 2. Select the USB Drive and hit Burn.

select the boot media device

Step 3. Once the Burning is successful, a dialog box will pop-up on your screen. Click OK and eject the USB Drive. It will take a few minutes, so be patient.


Step 4. Insert the USB Drive into the password locked computer. A pop-up box will appear. Click on Select Windows and choose your operating system. Select Reset Your Password. Hit Next.

Select windows

Step 5. Enter the new password twice and hit Enter. Once the new password is set, you'll be informed. Eject the USB Drive and restart your computer. Log in using the new password.

Enter password

In Conclusion

Changing password of all four versions of Windows is super easy. To make sure your computer's highly secure, change your password regularly. Don't share it anyone who you think might misuse it. Also, try not to forget your password by writing it on a piece of paper and hiding in the kitchen. And even if you do, simply download PassFab 4Winkey and recover the password in a few minutes.


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