How to Change a System Password

by J.S. Copper

In order to keep your system and files secure, it is a good idea to change your password regularly. It is also important to avoid some of the most common passwords (123456, password, iloveyou) to keep tight security. Changing the system's administrator password and/or user passwords is extremely easy. You will need to have the current administrator password and be logged in as the admin in order to change the passwords.

Step 1

Log on to the computer as the administrator.

Step 2

Select "Control Panel" from the Windows Start menu. Select "User Accounts."

Step 3

Select your account name to change the administrator password. Select the "Users" tab, and then select a user name, to change a user's password.

Step 4

Select "Change my password/Reset password."

Enter your current password when prompted. Type the new password in the designated area. Type the password again (in the second designated area) to confirm. Select "OK/Change Password" to complete the process.


  • During Step 5, if changing the administrator password, you will be prompted to create a password hint.


About the Author

J.S. Copper began writing professionally in 2008, specializing in technology, running and health-related topics. He has worked with a handful of technology websites providing tutorials, tips and tricks. Prior to writing, Copper worked in Web design

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