Changing Your Windows 7 Password

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated July 28, 2014)

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Do you use a password to log into Windows 7? Using one is generally a great idea, as it provides protection against unauthorized use of your computer. This is particularly valuable if your computer is in a place where other people can access it. If you want to change your password, you can follow these steps:

  1. Click Start and then click Control Panel. Windows 7 displays the Control Panel.
  2. At the right side of the screen, under the main heading of User Accounts and Family Safety, click Add or Remove User Accounts. Windows 7 displays the Manage Accounts screen.
  3. Click the account whose password you want to change. Windows 7 displays the Change an Account screen. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Change an Account screen.

  5. At the left side of the screen click Change the Password. Windows 7 prompts you for the new password information.
  6. Enter the new password you want associated with the account (you need to enter it twice), along with a password hint that can be used to jog your memory if you forget the password. (The password hint is optional.)
  7. Click Change Password.

 This tip (10712) applies to Windows 7.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is seven more than 6?

2014-07-29 17:01:23

Vivian Weseloh

Is it possible to delete the password needed to get into Win8.1? Thanks, Allen!


2014-07-28 12:04:17

Miguel Antonio Suárez

Yesterday, I was trying to update my PC with Windows 7 Home Premium edition, installing Microsoft Silverlight 5 latest versión (KB2977218) via Windows Update option. When restarting my Windows system today, it wasn´t possible due to User Service Profile failure; my account session wasn´t started. So, After many attempts, I had to fix system to stage previous installing Silverlight 5 update. Maybe, in some cases this Silverlight update blocks user account when installing.


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