Change a users password in Windows Vista

If you have a password protected account in Windows Vista and you want to change its password, then you can easily change the password. If you are a standard user you can change only your password. If you are an administrator, you can change the password of any user including yourself.

Note : 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. Open Control Panel → User Accounts. Click again on User Accounts.
  2. Click on Change your password

  3. Type your current password, then your new password twice. You can optionally type a password hint. Click on Change password to save your new password.

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 by clicking on Start Menu and then clicking on Control Panel.
  2. Click on the category User Accounts.

  3. In the next window, click on User Accounts again. Click on the Manage another account.

  4. Select a user account from the list by clickin on it. Click on Change the password on the left side menu as shown.

  5. Type in new password twice for that user. You can optionally type a password hint. Then click on Change Password button to change the password.

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