How to Change Your Windows 10 Password

This quick guide will take you through the process of changing the password you use to sign in to Windows 10.

Don’t forget – by changing this password you’ll be asked for the new one the next time you check your @outook.com email (if you use it at all), or the next time you sign in to your XBox Live account etc.

  1. Click the Windows 10 “Start Button” and select Settings (the little ‘cog’ icon) from the menu.
  2. Locate and select Accounts from the list of items.
  3. Click the link titled Sign-in options from the Accounts column on the left side of the window.
  4. Find the Password section and click the Change button.
  5. First you’ll need to enter your current password. Click Sign in when you’ve done so.
  6. Once again you’ll need to enter your current password (maybe a bit redundant yes) – and then in the two fields below that, enter the new password you want to use. Unless Microsoft changes thing, you’ll probably need to make sure the password is at least 8 characters long and contains at least one upper case letter, one number and/or one special character. When you’re ready, click Next.
  7. Should be good to go! Click Finish
  8. Microsoft suggests signing out of your account and then signing back in. It’s not a terrible idea so make sure to save any open work, close any open Apps and then sign out. To do that, click the Windows 10 Start button again, select the ‘user’ icon (see screenshot below) and then click Sign out from that menu.
  9. Now sign in again – using your newly changed password :)