How to change your password on Windows 10 properly (logged in / logged out)

Windows 10 supports Microsoft accounts as well as local accounts. Let’s take a quick look at how you’d change your password for both accounts.

Note: If you have lost your password, try using a Microsoft account to log into your PC next time, this will allow you to reset your password any time via live.com rather than having to follow the steps below.

Password Recovery Features

In order to change your password you will first need your current password. If you have lost or forgotten the initial password, you will need to reset it.

Changing Local Password (While You Are Still Logged In)

Let’s start with changing your local password (if you did not log in with a Microsoft-account password):

1. Enter “account” into the new search bar on your desktop. If for some reason you can’t access the search bar, click on your Start button, then Settings

Searching Account Properties.png

2. Select the option “Manage your user account”

Manage Windows 10 User Account.png

3. Go the to panel “Sign-in options” and proceed with either changing your password or setting up a picture password for your device:

Changing Account Password Or Adding Picture Password.png

4. You will be asked to provide your current password. Without that you cannot proceed.

Changing Your Password (While You Are Logged Out)

1. Open Windows 10 In Safe Mode (Usually hit F8 during bootup)

2. Open an elevated command prompt and enter this command

net user administrator /active:yes

This will activate a hidden admin account that is disabled by default.

3. Now reboot and log into the admin account

4. You are now able to manage other user accounts or backup your files

Microsoft Account

In order to change your Microsoft account password, visit live.com and use the option “forgot password”. This will send the password to your email account and you can proceed with recovering your lost password. Neat! Microsoft accounts are useful after all, don’t you think?

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