Changing the password of a local and online Windows 10 account

Through the ‘Parameters’ section

You can change the Windows 10 password and other user settings in the special ‘Settings’ section. To do this, follow the instructions:

  1. Click ‘Start’, which will open the Windows main menu.
  2. In the panel on the left, find the gear icon. Or find the ‘Parameters’ item in the list.
  3. A window opens with Windows settings. Among the presented system settings, select the ‘Accounts’ section.
  4. A window will open, where the ‘Your Data’ section is displayed as standard. On the left side of the list, find ‘Login Options’ and click on the link.
  5. In the ‘Password’ section, find the ‘Change’ button. Click on it, to proceed to the next step.
  6. A window will open, where you can change your password. In the first line, enter the combination, which was used earlier to log in. In the second – specify a new one. Click ‘Next’.
  7. If everything is done correctly, a corresponding message will appear on the laptop or stationary computer. Click ‘Done’, to complete the operation.

Video instruction

For greater clarity, we have attached a video instruction, in which the implementation of all the methods described above is considered.

If for some reason you needed to change the user password in Windows 10, it is usually very easy to do this (provided, that you know the current password) and is implemented in several ways at once, about which - according to the steps in this instruction. If you don’t know the current password, a separate guide on How to reset your Windows 10 password should help.

Before you proceed, keep in mind one important point: in Windows 10, you can have a Microsoft account or a local account. A simple way to change the password in the parameters also works for that, and for another account, but the rest of the described methods are separate for each type of user.

To find out, what type of account is used on your computer or laptop, go to start - settings (gear icon) - accounts. If you see a user name with an E-mail address and the item ‘Microsoft Account Management’, this, accordingly, Microsoft account. If only the name and signature are ‘Local Account’, then this user is ‘local’ and his settings are not synced online. It may also be useful: How to disable the password prompt when logging into Windows 10 and when exiting sleep mode.

Via the Internet

If the user uses a Microsoft account to log into the operating system of a personal computer, then the password can be changed manually. This can be done via the Internet on the official website of the company.

Note: The account password can be replaced via any device, which has access to the network. The subsequent login to the user’s PC will already take place according to the new authorization data.

Instructions for changing the password:

  1. On your computer, open a browser and go to the website /. Click ‘Log in’.
  2. Enter your username - email, phone number or Skype. Click ‘Next’.
  3. Enter the access code and click ‘Log in’.
  4. After downloading the Microsoft account, click on the ‘Security’ tab and select ‘Change password’.
  5. Follow the further instructions of the system and set a new combination to log in to the account.

Online change of Microsoft account password

In the case, if the OS uses a Microsoft account, you can work with his password not only through standard means, but also on the Microsoft website. At the same time, there is no need to do this from a computer - you can use this method from any device.

In this case, the sequence of actions looks like this:

  1. We use the current password to log in. The email address will be entered automatically if, if the procedure is performed through the computer or laptop itself.
  1. Click on ‘Edit’
  1. We insert the old password, we come up with and confirm a new one. Click ‘Save’

The changes will be accepted without further confirmation and notification. The next time you turn on your personal computer, you will have to use a new combination.

Consider the options for changing on a local user account.

Using the command line

To change the access code, you can use the command line, which is built into every Windows operating system. To perform this action, follow the instructions:

  1. Press the Win R key combination.
  2. Type cmd and click Ok.
  3. The command prompt opens, where to enter net users, to view the list of users.
  4. Enter the net user name password command, where instead of name, enter the user name, and instead of password, specify a new combination.

Note: The command line can also be called via ‘Start’, by entering the corresponding phrase in the search bar. Be sure to run it as an administrator.

Through the Computer Management application

The Computer Management application refers to the OS administration tools. You can use it to manage your local account. To change the password to log in to your computer, follow the instructions:

  1. Click ‘Start’, then select ‘Computer Management’. You can also use the Win X key combination.
  2. The application opens, where in the left part sequentially go to the following path – Computer Management (local)/Utility programs/Local User Groups/Users.
  3. A list of accounts will be displayed in the central part of the window, which are present in a specific OS. Select the desired name and click on it PCM. In the pop-up menu, click ‘Set password’.
  4. Set a new password and save it.

Ways to change the password of a local Windows 10 user

For local accounts in Windows 10, there are several ways to change the password at once, in addition to the settings in the ‘Parameters’ interface, depending on the situation, you can use any of them.

Using the command line

  1. Run the command prompt as an Administrator (Instructions: How to run the command prompt from the Administrator) and in order use the following commands, by pressing Enter after each of them.
  2. net users (as a result of executing this command, pay attention to the name of the desired user, to avoid mistakes in the next command).
  3. net user user_name new_parole (here user_name is the desired name from point 2, and the new password is the password, which needs to be installed. If the user name contains spaces, take it in quotation marks in the command).

Done. Immediately after that, a new password will be set for the selected user.

Changing the password in the control panel

  1. Go to the Windows 10 Control Panel (in the field ‘View’ at the top right, set ‘Icons’) and open the item ‘User Accounts’.
  2. Click ‘Manage another account’ and select the desired user (including the current one, if we change the password for it).
  3. Click ‘Change Password’.

  4. Enter the current password and enter the new user password twice.

  5. Click the ‘Change password’ button.

You can close the Control Panel account management and use a new password the next time you log in.

User parameters in ‘Computer Management’

  1. In the Windows 10 Taskbar search, start typing ‘Computer Management’, open this tool

  2. Go to the section (on the left) ‘Computer Management’ - ‘Utilities’ - ‘Local users and Groups’ - ‘Users’.
  3. Right-click on the desired user and select ‘Set password’.

I hope, that the described methods of changing the password will be enough for you. If something does not work out or the situation is very different from the standard one - leave a comment, perhaps, I will be able to help you.

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18.05.2017 at 22:34

And if there are no ‘local users’ in the utility programs, ‘user’ is only service , scheduler, viewing, shared folders, efficiency, dispatcher, disk management, services and applications, services, control elements

08.12.2017 at 17:32

Natalya, You have an operating system version other than Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Enterprise, that’s why there is no such section.

08.12.2017 at 18:58

The very first (correct) way to change the password, according to MS version, this is Ctrl Alt Del - the ‘Change password’ item. Then personal encrypted data and saved passwords are saved. You can also use control userpasswords2. However, this utility will not start on behalf of the user. This is more for changing user passwords by administrators. P.S. Write interesting and useful articles. Very accessible and structured. For an advanced user, there is also a lot to learn. I read with interest. Thank you very much!

09.12.2017 at 09:39

Thanks for the feedback!

13.10.2018 at 07:40

What a hemorrhoid! I have a Microsoft account. In the Login Parameters in the Required Login item, ‘Never’ was enabled. Everything worked. fine, but I needed to change my password, and now, every time you reboot, a message appears, that the password is incorrect, and it is suggested to enter the correct password. I enter a new password again, I’m coming in. And so it is all the time. Changed ‘Never’ to ‘Time out of sleep mode’ - the result is the same.

13.10.2018 at 09:27

Hello. Enable password prompt not in sleep mode, and where it turns off completely (Win R - control userpasswords2). Apply the settings and reboot, log in with a password, and then you can turn it off again.

22.07.2019 at 14:25

How will I go to START if I forgot my password in Windows 10!

24.07.2019 at 11:06

Denis, you, perhaps, didn’t read the first paragraph of the instructions.


How to enable or disable password prompt when logging into Windows

To cancel entering a password when logging into Windows or, on the contrary, enable this feature, follow these instructions:

  1. Run the command prompt, by pressing the key combination Win R.
  2. Enter the command control userpasswords2 and click Ok.
  3. To cancel password entry during Windows startup, uncheck the box next to the inscription ‘Require input…’. If user authorization is required, put a mark near the specified point.
  4. Click ‘Apply’, after which ‘Ok’, for the changes to take effect.

Changing the usual password to a more convenient protection

Users of computers running Windows 10 can change their usual password to a more convenient form of protection:

Name PIN code Graphic password
Where to find the setting Go to ‘Start’ and click on the gear icon. In the settings menu, select ‘Accounts’, then ‘Login Parameters’.
Setting the protection Next to the ‘PIN code’ section, click ‘Add’. Enter the password, which is usually used to log in. Come up with a PIN code (a combination of 4 digits) and click OK. Next to the ‘Graphic Password’ section, click ‘Add’. Enter the password, which is used to log in to the OS. Click on the ‘Picture Selection’ button and select any image on your computer. Create three gestures, which will act as a graphical password. Focus on the picture, to repeat the movements when logging into the OS.
Features of protection An alternative way of entering a password is triggered automatically after the system is started. You no longer need to enter your account password, which is very convenient.

How to change the password on Windows 10

A password is the simplest and at the same time the most effective means of protecting your personal account. Despite all the reliability, sometimes there is a need to change it. There are several ways to change the password. The main condition for success in this case is the knowledge of the old combination. If it is forgotten, it is necessary to reset it. Exactly about that, how to change your password on Windows 10, we’ll talk today.
Before, how to use one of the options below, it is worth considering, what in Windows 10 can be activated as a Microsoft user account, so is the local one. If the password is changed in the standard way in both cases, that is, only in specific types of profiles.

You can find out the account type in the OS settings. To do this, select ‘Accounts’


If the user forgot the password and entered the wrong combination during the OS login, a reset link will appear. After clicking it, the responsible Windows service is activated. The user will need to confirm his identity.

If a Microsoft account is used on the computer, you will need to enter the code, sent by phone or email. In some cases, the system asks the user to give an answer to a security question. If the identity verification was successful, a window will appear, where you can change the password to log in to the OS.

Frequent questions

I can’t log in to my Microsoft account, linked to Windows, after changing the password. What to do?

Try to enter the previous combination of characters or reset the password. If these recommendations did not lead to a positive result, contact customer support /.

How to protect your Microsoft account from hacking and authorization problems?

Link your phone number and email to your account, which will make it easier to restore access to the system in case of any problems. This can be done in the account settings on the site /.