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Changing Windows Password

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How to change Windows password?

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, and then click Change a password.
  2. Type your old password followed by a new password as indicated, and then type the new password again to confirm it.
  3. Press Enter.
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That’s it!

The next time you log in to a computer on the network, you will need to use your new password.

If you have other services linked to this password (Office 365, Outlook Web Access, e-mail on your phone, etc) you will need to update your password for those systems as well. Generally speaking, you will be prompted to enter the new password (or it will reject your old one when you try!).

Dealing with password complexity requirements / password history

Security policies may enforce that your password meets certain requirements, blocks you from using previous passwords or stops you from changing your password immediately after it has already been changed.

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Key things to avoid when changing your passwords are:

  • Do not use your name, or any version of your name within your password. For example, the name “Erin M. Hagens” is split into three tokens: “Erin,” “M,” and “Hagens.” “M” will be ignored because it is only one character long, but this user could not have a password that included either “erin” or “hagens” anywhere in the password.
  • Ensure your password is long enough. Every system can be set to require different lengths, but keeping it to at least eight characters should satisfy most requirements unless they specify otherwise.
  • Ensure your passwords meet three of the following five categories:
    • Uppercase characters of European languages (A through Z, with diacritic marks, Greek and Cyrillic characters).
    • Lowercase characters of European languages (a through z, sharp-s with diacritic marks, Greek and Cyrillic characters).
    • Base 10 digits (0 through 9).
    • Non-alphanumeric characters: ~!@#$%^&*_-+=`|(){}[]:;”‘<>,.?/
    • Any Unicode character that is categorized as an alphabetic character but is not uppercase or lowercase. This includes Unicode characters from Asian languages.


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