One of the best ways to protect your Microsoft account and keep your data from prying eyes and malicious actors is to use a strong password for your Microsoft account connected to your Windows PCs. Generally, after you create a password for your account, you don’t need to change it on a regular basis, but you will need to update this information if you want to use a different secret phrase, believe your password has been hacked, or just forget your existing password.
Whatever the cause, Windows gives numerous simple ways to reset your password, whether you are using a Microsoft website or the Windows account settings. If you want to change your Windows local account password, see: How to change your Windows Computer login Password. Kindly refer to these related guides: How to enable automatic logon on Windows 10 via the Registry, How to correctly load Windows Registry Hive, How to install free Hyper-V Server on a VMware Workstation, and how to install Windows Server 2019 on Virtualbox.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through the different ways to change (or reset) the password of your Microsoft account.
How to change your Microsoft account password via web
These are guidelines for changing your existing Microsoft password if you know it. Follow the steps below:
Important: when you change the account password connected to a Microsoft account, it will also change the password of your Microsoft services, including Outlook.com, OneDrive, etc., associated with your account.
Go to account.microsoft.com and sign in with the username and current password for the account you want to update.
From the navigation header, select Security in the navigation menu. Or simply click the Change password.
At this point, you may be prompted to verify your identity.
Next, enter your current password and your new password. If you wish, you can check the box for a prompt to change your password every 72 days.
Finally, click Next and save to complete the process.
How to reset your Microsoft account password via web
If you are unable to login to your Microsoft account to update your password, then follow the instructions below to reset your password.
Go to account.microsoft.com and select Sign in.
Enter your email and click Next. On the following screen click the Forgotten your password link.
On the next screen, select your Email Address and click on 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, input New Password, Reenter Password, and click the Next button.
Change your Microsoft account password on Windows using Settings
Follow the steps below to change your Microsoft account password. This process is applicable for both Windows 10 and 11.
Press the Windows Key + I to open Settings. Click on Accounts then select Sign-in Options in the left pane. On the next screen, scroll down and select the Password option and click on the Change button.
Click on your Email Address to receive a Security Code from Microsoft to verify your identity. If you choose to change your password enter your Current Password, and then type in your New Password.
Click the Next button and on the following screen, click the Finish button.
Once you complete the steps, you can start using the password to sign-in to your Windows 10 or 11 account.
After successfully resetting your Microsoft account password, you should review your security information and security questions. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.