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6 Ways to Change Local Account Password in Windows 10

In this article, we’ll show you six simple and practical ways to change your local account password in Windows 10. Changing the password for the local account in Windows requires administrator privileges. So, first make sure you’re logged on to Windows 10 as an administrator account, and then read on.

Related: How to Change Windows 10 Admin Password without Admin Rights

Way 1: Change local account password from PC Settings

Step 1: Press Win + I to open the Settings, and then select Accounts.

select Accounts

Step 2: Select Sign-in options on the left pane. On the right pane, click the Password section and then click the Change button.

click Change under Password

Step 3: Type your current password, and then click Next.

type current password

Step 4: Enter the new password you want, enter a password hint, and then click Next.

enter new password

Step 5: Click Finish and the password is changed.

click Finish

Way 2: Change local account password using Ctrl+Alt+Del

Step 1: Press Ctrl + Alt + Del on your keyboard, and when you see the screen as shown in the figure below, click Change a password.

click Change a password

Step 3: Type your old password, type the new password you want, and then press Enter.

type old password and new password

Step 4: Your password is changed successfully. Click OK to return to your Windows 10.

password has been changed

Way 3: Change local account password from Control Panel

Step 1: Open Control Panel and go to User Accounts > User Accounts > Manage another account.

click Manage another account

Step 2: Click the local account which you would like to change the password for.

click user account

Step 3: Click the “Change the password” link.

click Change the password

Step 4: Enter the user's current password, then enter the new password you want, and finally click the Change password button. The password will be changed immediately.

click Change password

Way 4: Change local account password in Local Users and Groups

Step 1: Open the Run dialog box using Win + R, type lusrmgr.msc in the box, and then click OK. This will open the Local Users and Groups window.

type lusrmgr.msc in Run box

Step 2: Select the Users folder on the left pane. In the middle pane, right-click the local user which you want to change the password for and select Set Password.

select Set Password

Step 3: Click Proceed to proceed.

click Proceed

Step 4: Enter the new password you want and click OK. The password for the local user account will be changed immediately.

enter new password

Way 5: Change local account password using Netplwiz

Step 1: Open the Run dialog box using Win + R, type netplwiz in the box, and then click OK.

type netplwiz in Run box

Step 2: When the advanced User Accounts dialog opens, select the user which you want to change the password for, and then click the Reset Password button.

click Reset Password

Step 3: When the Reset Password dialog opens, type your new password and click OK.

type new password in the dialog

Way 6: Change local account password with CMD

Step 1: Type cmd in the search box next to the Start button. When the Command Prompt shortcut appears in the search results list, right-click it and select Run as administrator. This will open Command Prompt as administrator.

open cmd

Step 2: In the Command Prompt, type net user <user name> <new password>, and then press Enter. The password will be changed immediately.

Note: Replace <user name>with the actual name of the local user account whose password you want to change, and replace <new password> with the new password you want; for example, net user Carol pw2020.

type net user command

Conclusion:

The above are the six ways to change the local account password in Windows 10. Among these methods, the first three require you to provide your current password, while the last three allow you to change your Windows 10 password without the old password. With the first two methods, you can only change the password for the local admin account that is currently logged in, while the last four methods allow you to change another user’s password. If you forgot your local account password and cannot log in to Windows 10, you might need to reset your password with a USB drive.