How do I change my password?

Changing your password regularly can help keep your Microsoft account and the devices you use with it more secure.

The steps to change your password depend on how your account is set up. The following sections cover the different scenarios you might encounter.

Important

  • To be able to change your Microsoft account password, you must know your existing password. If you're trying to change your password because you've forgotten the old one, we can help you reset your password instead. For more info, see What to do if you forget your Windows password.

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How do I change the password I use to sign in to Windows?

Whether you sign in to Windows with a Microsoft account or a local account, you can change your password in PC settings.

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)

  2. Tap or click Accounts, and then tap or click Sign-in options.

  3. Under Password, tap or click Change. Enter your current password, and then tap or click Next.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • If you want to change the password for a Microsoft account, enter your current password again. Enter and reenter your new password, and then tap or click Next.

    • If you want to change the password for a local account, enter and reenter the new password, enter a password hint to help you remember it, and then tap or click Next.

  5. Tap or click Finish.

How do I change my Microsoft account password online?

Even if you don't sign in to Windows with a Microsoft account, you might still use a Microsoft account with other Microsoft devices and services, like a Windows Phone, an Xbox console, or Outlook.com. Here's how to change your Microsoft account password online.

  1. Sign in to your Microsoft account, and then tap or click Password.

  2. On the Change your password page, enter your current password. Enter and reenter your new password, and then tap or click Save.

How do I change my password when my PC is connected to a domain?

If your PC is connected to a domain, your system administrator might have specific password requirements to help keep your network more secure. To change your domain password, you might need to ask the system administrator for help. Here's how to change your password on a domain.

  1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del, and then tap or click Change a password.

    Note

    • If you're using a tablet without a standard keyboard, this step might vary. Check with your PC's manufacturer for help.

  2. Enter your old password. Enter and reenter your new password, and then press Enter.