Step by step instructions to Change Microsoft Account Password in Windows 10, Although it’s easy to change your local user account password in Windows 10, you can also change your Microsoft user account password using the 3 different methods provided below.
Change Microsoft password in Windows 10
If you think or suspect that your Microsoft user account password has been compromised, you may find that you need to change your Microsoft account password.
This can be achieved using the “change password” option, or the option to change the user’s password to a PIN or picture, as is available in Windows 10.
Even if you forget your Microsoft password, you can set a new Microsoft password for your Microsoft account by going to Microsoft’s password recovery page.
Use settings to change your Microsoft account password
If you know your current Microsoft password, you can log in to your computer with a Microsoft user account and use Settings to change the password.
Note: If you don’t know the password for your Microsoft user account, go to the next method.
Go to Settings > Accounts > select Sign-in Options in the left pane. In the right pane, scroll down and select the Password option and click on the Change button. On Verify your identity screen, click on your Email Address to receive a Security Code from Microsoft.
On the next screen, enter the Security Code and click on the Verify button. Once your Email Account is verified, you will be provided with the option to change your Microsoft User Account Password. Enter your Current Password and then type in your New Password.
You will see Password Changed confirmation, once your Microsoft Account Password is changed.
Note: Microsoft Account Passwords must have a minimum of 8 characters and contain at least two of these: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
Change or reset Microsoft password
If you forget your Microsoft account password, you can use Microsoft’s password reset service to set a new password.
Visit Microsoft’s Password Reset website > enter the Email Address linked to your Microsoft User Account and click on the Next button. On the next screen, select your Email Address and click on the Get Code button to receive a Security Code from Microsoft.
On the next screen, enter the Security Code and click on Next. On the ‘Reset password’ screen, type New Password, Reenter the Password and click on the Next button.
You will see a confirmation pop-up reading “Your Password has been Reset” and you will be able to login to the computer using the New Password.
Change Microsoft user account password to PIN
As mentioned above, instead of using your Microsoft account password, you can set a 4-digit PIN on your computer as your login password.
Go to Settings > Accounts > select Sign-in Options in the left pane. In the right-pane, scroll down and select the Windows Hello PIN option and click on the ADD button. On the next screen, click on Next > enter 4-digit PIN and click on OK.
You will now be able to login to your computer using this PIN, instead of using your regular password.
Change Microsoft user account password to picture
Another option is to use a picture or pattern as the login password on your computer instead of using your Microsoft account password.
Go to Settings > Accounts > select Sign-in Options in the left pane. In the right-pane, scroll down and select the Picture Password option and click on the ADD button. On the next screen, enter your current Microsoft Account Password and click on OK.
Follow the online instructions to choose a Picture and use the Picture as the Login Password on your computer.
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