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To change Windows password, follow these steps:

Windows 11, 10, and 8

Type in the search bar “sign in options” then click Sign-in options > Password > Change.

Windows 11

  1. Search “sign in options” then click Open.sing in options in windows 10
  2. Under Password, click Change.microsoft account change password
  3. Enter your current password then click Next.change your windows password
  4. Type in your new password twice and type a password hint too then click Next.change window 10 login password
  5. Click Finish to save new password.

Windows 10

  1. Search “sign in options” then click Open.

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  1. Click Password > Change.

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  1. Type your current password then click Next.change your password
  2. You will be asked to enter your new password twice and a password hint, then click Next.change your password
  3. Click Finish to save new password.

For earlier versions

Click Start > Control Panel > User Accounts > Change your password.

Other ways to change Windows password

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, and then click Change a password.window 10 change password
  2. Type your old password followed by a new password as indicated, and then type the new password again to confirm it.microsoft account change password
  3. Press Enter.

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.

Sources:

Change or reset your Windows password

Passwords must meet complexity requirements

How to Change Your Password in Windows

All ways to change the user password in Windows 10

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