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User Account Password - Change

How to Change the Password for Your or Another User Account in Windows 7
Published by Brink
22 Mar 2010
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How to Change the Password for Your or Another User Account in Windows 7

information   Information
This will show you how to change the password for either your user account, or for another user account through the Control Panel in Windows 7 and Vista.
Note   Note
If you change the password of a user account that is automatically logged on to at Windows 7 startup, then you will also need to change the password there for that user account.
warning   Warning
If you change the password for a user account other than your own, then that user account will lose access to it's EFS encrypted files, personal certificates, and stored passwords for websites or network resources.

If the other user account doesn't have any of these, or doesn't mind losing them, then changing the password while logged in as an administrator is a fast and easy way to recover the other user account from a forgotten password.





OPTION ONE
To Change the Password for Your User Account in "User Accounts"
1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click on User Accounts.

2. Click on Change your password. (see screenshots below)
User Account Password - Change-current_a-1.jpg

User Account Password - Change-current_s-1.jpg

3. Type in your current password that you created previously, type in the new password once, twice to confirm new password, an optional password hint, then click on Change password. (see screenshots below)
User Account Password - Change-current_a-2.jpg

User Account Password - Change-current_s-2.jpg

4. When finished, you can now close the User Accounts window if you like. (see screenshots below step 2)



OPTION TWO
To Change the Password for Another User Account in "User Accounts"
1. Log on to any administrator account on the computer.
NOTE: You must be logged in as administrator to be able to change another account's password.

2. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click on User Accounts.

3. Click on Manage another account. (see screenshots below)
User Account Password - Change-other_a-1.jpg

User Account Password - Change-other_s-1.jpg

4. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes (if logged in as administrator) or type in the administrator's password (if logged in as standard user).

5. Select the user account that you want to change the password of. (see screenshot below)
User Account Password - Change-other-select.jpg
6. Click on Change the password. (see screenshot below)
User Account Password - Change-other_a-2.jpg
7. Type in the new password once, twice to confirm new password, an optional password hint, then click on Change password. (see screenshot below)
User Account Password - Change-other-3.jpg
8. When finished, you can now close the Change an Account window if you like. (see screenshot below step 6)



OPTION THREE
To Change the Password for Any User Account in Command Prompt
1. Open an elevated command prompt.

2. Do step 3 or 4 below for which command you would prefer to use.

3. To Change User Account's Password
A) In the elevated command prompt, type the command below and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: Substitute UserName in the command below with the actual user name of the user account on the computer that you want to change the password for. Substitute NewPassword in the command below with the password you want for this user account.
net user UserName NewPassword


For example: My user account's name is Brink and I want to change the password to MyPassword, so I would type this below exactly and press Enter.


net user Brink MyPassword


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C) Go to step 5 below.
4. To Change or Remove User Account's Password

Note   Note
To Change Password = Enter a password when prompted.

To Remove Password = Press Enter without entering a password when prompted.

A) In the elevated command prompt, type the command below and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: Substitute UserName in the command below with the actual user name of the user account on the computer that you want to change the password for.
net user UserName *


For example: My user account's name is Brink, so I would type this below exactly and press Enter.


net user Brink *


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B) When prompted, enter a password twice, and press Enter after each time. (see screenshot above)
NOTE: You will not see the password as you are typing it.

C) Go to step 5 below.
5. If sucessfully changed, then you can close the elevated command prompt.
That's it,
Shawn





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16 Oct 2013   #1
ilyabyk83

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Hi. I followed your guide, but I don't get prompted for a password at LOG IN to that specific username account. And my PC has only one to begin with, no guest account. I want to set a password at LOG IN to this account; and not on screen saver or anything. Just to log in. Weather the machine was rebooted or switched accounts (but not on the screen saver). Thank You!!!

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17 Oct 2013   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Ilya,

The tutorial will only create a password for the user account if successfully done. First make sure that the user account is password protected now.

Here are a few items to check for what you wanted:Hope this helps,
Shawn
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17 Oct 2013   #3
ilyabyk83

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Ilya,

The tutorial will only create a password for the user account if successfully done. First make sure that the user account is password protected now.
Shawn
THANK YOU!! The issue is solved. Thank you Shawn.
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17 Oct 2013   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
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1 Week Ago   #5
Uchiha

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I have a guest account and have been locked out of my Admin account.
I can open an elevated CMD here (opens to system32) but when I try any of the given methods, I get -
"The user name could not be found"
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1 Week Ago   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Uchiha,

When you use the Net User command, does it have the user name listed?

Is the missing account the built-in elevated "Administrator" account?

If so, then it may have been disabled.

If not, then you might see if you may be able to use an option in the tutorial below to reset the password of your admin account to regain access.
User Account - Reset Password in Windows 7
Hope this helps,
Shawn
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