Changing a users password in Windows 7

If you a password protected account in Windows 7 and you want to change its password, then this article describes you how to do that. If you are a standard user you can change only your password (of course). If you are an administrator, you can change the password of any user.

Note that when as an administrator when you change the password of other users, they will not be able to decrypt the EFS-encrypted files that they encrypted using their old account password.

Changing your own password

  1. Logon to your account in Windows.
  2. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del key combination.
  3. Click on Change a password… as shown.

  4. Then type your old password, then your new password twice and press Enter or click on the round left-arrow button as shown in the picture.

    If your password gets changed successfully, you will get a message that your password is changed. Click OK to return back to desktop.

Changing other users’ passwords

If you have an administrator account on Windows, you can change other users’ account passwords too. Note that when as an administrator when you change the password of other users, they will not be able to decrypt the EFS-encrypted files that they encrypted using their old account password.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Click on User Accounts and Family Safety, then on User Accounts.
  3. Click on Manage another account. Then select a user account from the list, picture of which you want to change.

  4. In the next, window click on Change the password on the left side as shown.

  5. Type in your old password, your new password twice and press Enter or click on Change Password button.

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