Accounts Change Account Password in Windows 11


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You can change your local account or Microsoft account password if you know its current password.

If you do not know or forgot your local account password, an administrator account can change your password if you are unable to reset the password.

It is recommended to change your password regularly with a strong password to help keep your device more secure.

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This tutorial will show you how to change the password of a local account and Microsoft account in Windows 11.


When an administrator changes the password of another user's local account on the PC, that local account will lose access to all its EFS-encrypted files and personal security certificates.



Contents

  • Option One: Change Password of your Local Account in Settings
  • Option Two: Change Password of your Local Account from Ctrl+Alt+Del screen
  • Option Three: Change Password of any Local Account in Control Panel
  • Option Four: Change Password of any Local Account in Local Users and Groups
  • Option Five: Change Password of any Local Account using "new user" command
  • Option Six: Change Password of any Local Account using "Set-LocalUser" command
  • Option Seven: Change Password of your Microsoft Account in Settings
  • Option Eight: Change Password of your Microsoft Account Online at Microsoft




Option One

Change Password of your Local Account in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Sign-in options on the right side. (see screenshot below)


Local_account_password_Settings-1.png

3 Click/tap on Password to expand it open, and click/tap on Change. (see screenshot below)

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4 Type in your current password, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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5 Perform the following actions: (see screenshot below)

If you do not want a password for your local account, you can leave the password fields empty.


  1. Type a New password.
  2. Type the new password again to Confirm password.
  3. Type a Password hint if wanted.
  4. Click/tap on Next.
Local_account_password_Settings-4.png

6 Click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

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7 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Change Password of your Local Account from Ctrl+Alt+Del screen


1 Press the Ctrl + Alt + Del keys.

2 Click/tap on Change a password. (see screenshot below)

Account_password_Ctrl+Alt+Del-1.png

3 Perform the following actions: (see screenshot below)

If you do not want a password for your local account, you can leave the password fields empty.


  1. Type your Old password.
  2. Type a New password.
  3. Type the new password again to Confirm password.
  4. Click/tap on the Submit button.
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4 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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Option Three

Change Password of any Local Account in Control Panel


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the User Accounts icon.

2 Click/tap on the Manage another account link. (see screenshot below)

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3 Click/tap on the Local account you want to change the password for. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click/tap on the Change the password link. (see screenshot below)

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5 Perform the following actions: (see screenshot below)

If you do not want a password for this local account, you can leave the password fields empty.


  1. Type a New password.
  2. Type the new password again to Confirm new password.
  3. Type a Password hint if wanted.
  4. Click/tap on Change password.
Account_password_Control_Panel-4.png

6 You can now close the Control Panel if you like.




Option Four

Change Password of any Local Account in Local Users and Groups


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.

Local Users and Groups is only available in the Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.


1 Open Local Users and Groups (lusrmgr.msc).

2 Perform the following actions: (see screenshot below)
  1. Click/tap on the Users folder in the left pane.
  2. Right click on the name (ex: "Brink2") of the Local account you want to change the password for in the middle pane.
  3. Click/tap on Set Password.
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3 Click/tap on Proceed to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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4 Perform the following actions: (see screenshot below)

If you do not want a password for this local account, you can leave the password fields empty.


  1. Type a New password.
  2. Type the new password again to Confirm password.
  3. Click/tap on OK.
Account_password_lusmgr-3.png

5 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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6 You can now close Local Users and Groups if you like.




Option Five

Change Password of any Local Account using "new user" command


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Open Windows Terminal (Admin), and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

2 Type the command below into Windows Terminal (Admin), and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

net user "UserName" "NewPassword"

Substitute UserName in the command above with the actual account name (ex: "Brink2") you want to change the password for.

Substitute NewPassword in the command above with the actual password you want to assign to this local account.

For example: net user "Brink2" "NewPassword"


3 You can now close Windows Terminal (Admin) if you like.

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Option Six

Change Password of any Local Account using "Set-LocalUser" command


You must be signed in as an administrator to use this option.


1 Open Windows Terminal (Admin), and select Windows PowerShell.

2 Type the command below into Windows Terminal (Admin), and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

Set-LocalUser -Name "UserName" -Password (ConvertTo-SecureString "NewPassword" -AsPlainText -Force)

Substitute UserName in the command above with the actual account name (ex: "Brink2") you want to change the password for.

Substitute NewPassword in the command above with the actual password you want to assign to this local account.

For example: Set-LocalUser -Name "Brink2" -Password (ConvertTo-SecureString "NewPassword" -AsPlainText -Force)


3 You can now close Windows Terminal (Admin) if you like.

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Option Seven

Change Password of your Microsoft Account in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on System on the left side, and click/tap on Sign-in options on the right side. (see screenshot below)


Microsoft_account_password_Settings-1.png

3 Click/tap on Password to expand it open, and click/tap on Change. (see screenshot below)

Microsoft_account_password_Settings-2.png

4 Select how (ex: PIN) you want to verify your Microsoft account, and provide the required information. (see screenshot below)

Microsoft_account_password_Settings-3.png

5 Perform the following actions: (see screenshot below)
  1. Type your Current password.
  2. Type a New password.
  3. Click/tap on Next.
Microsoft_account_password_Settings-4.png

6 Click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

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7 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Eight

Change Password of your Microsoft Account Online at Microsoft


1 Go the Change your password site at Microsoft for your Microsoft account.

2 Sign in to the Microsoft site with your Microsoft account to verify. (see screenshot below)

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3 Perform the following actions: (see screenshot below)
  1. Type your Current password.
  2. Type a New password.
  3. Reenter password to confirm.
  4. Check or uncheck Make me change my password every 72 days for what you want.
  5. Click/tap on Save.
Microsoft_account_password_online-2.png

4 Sign in to the Microsoft site with your Microsoft account's new password to verify. (see screenshot below)

Microsoft_account_password_online-3.png


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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