Have you ever been reading a tutorial about improving the security of your computer and been told to change your Windows 7 password? Did that tutorial then skip over the method for actually making that change? While it is a good idea to change your password in Windows 7, many security experts will mistakenly assume that people already know how to do this because they already have a password. However, for most users, that password was created when they initially set up the computer. They never actually made a conscious decision to set a password and, therefore, do not know how to find the screen to do so. Fortunately changing a Windows 7 password is a process that can be accomplished in a few short steps.
Changing a User Password in Windows 7
There are many reasons that people might not want to change a password. Whether this reluctance is due to the fact that the current password is easy to remember, they don’t perceive an actual threat if their password was compromised or because they are intimidated about actually locating the means to adjust the password, frequently updating passwords is just something that we need to accept if we are going to use computers and be connected to the Internet.
Step 1: Click the Start button at the bottom-left corner of the screen, then click Control Panel in the column at the right side of the menu.
Step 2: Click the green User Accounts & Family Safety link at the top-right corner of the window.
Step 3: Click the blue Change your Windows password link under the User Accounts section of the window.
Step 4: Click the blue Change your password link at the top of the window.
Step 5: Type your current password into the Current password field, type your new password into the New password field, then re-type the new password into the Confirm new password field. You should also type a hint to help you remember the password into the Type a password hint field. Try not to make this too obvious, as this hint will be displayed anytime that anyone incorrectly enters your password.
Step 6: Click the Change password button at the bottom of the window to apply the change.
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Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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