How to Change or Reset Your Password in Windows 11

There are several reasons for changing or resetting your password. You might have had the password for too long or suspect someone else might know your password. You might also have forgotten it and want to reset it. Regardless, you can easily change or reset your password in Windows.

Change or Reset Your Password in Windows 11 Using Reset Password Option

You can use this method if you don’t remember your password.

  1. In the Windows 11 log-in screen, type anything in the Password field and press Enter.
  2. You’ll see three security questions. Answer them and press Enter.
  3. Now, you can enter a new password. Type it again to confirm the password. You can press Enter, and you’ll be logged in automatically.

Change your password using Control Panel

  1. Press the Windows key and search for Control Panel. Click Open to launch the Control Panel app.

    Open Control Panel
    Open the Control Panel app.
  2. Under User Accounts, click on Change account type.

    Click Change account type
    Under User Accounts, select Change account type.
  3. You can see all the users on your computer now. Double-click on the user you’d like to change the password for.

    Choose user
    Pick the user you’d like to change the password for.
  4. Now, tap on Change the password.

    Click Change the password
    Select Change the password.
  5. Enter your current password. Then, enter the new password you want. Type it again for confirmation. Give a hint that will help you remember your password if you forget it. Finally, tap on Change password.

    Enter new password
    Type in your new password and click on Change password.

Changing your password using Windows Settings

  1. Press the Windows key and search for “settings”. Click Open to launch the Settings app. Alternatively, you can open Settings using the keyboard shortcut Windows + I.

    Open Settings
    Launch the Settings app.
  2. On the left panel, click on Accounts. Now select Sign-in options.

    Click on Sign-in options
    Click on Accounts and select Sign-in options.
  3. Click on the upward arrow next to the Password. You can now see the Change option. Click on it.

    Click Change
    Press the upward arrow beside Password and click on Change.
  4. Enter your current password. Click on Next.

    Enter your current password
    Type in your current password before clicking Next.
  5. Now enter the new password. Type it again to confirm the password. Enter a hint to remember your password in case you forget it later. Tap on Next.

    Enter new password
    Enter your new password and a hint. Click on Next.
  6. Click on Finish, and your new password will be set.

    Click Finish
    Select Finish to set your new password.

Changing your password using Ctrl + Alt + Delete

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete on your keyboard. A blue screen with options will show. Click on Change a password.

    Pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del
    Pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del brings you to this screen.
  2. Enter your old password. Type in your new password. Enter it again to confirm.

    Entering old and new passwords.
    At this point, you’ll need to enter both old and new passwords in the relevant fields.
  3. Once you’re done, click on the right arrow next to the Confirm password textbox to change your password.

    Pressing the arrow key to confirm.
    Once you’ve entered the old and new passwords, press the arrow key to confirm.

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