In this highly unsecured world, guarding your data is an imperative unless you want to send an open invitation for people to invade your computer. To guard your data you need data protection. You can avail the password protection feature provided by the Microsoft operating system. You have to change your password on a regular basis to ensure appropriate protection. This is why you have to reset your passwords so that your important content or data remains safe. This process is fairly easy to perform if you have done it before. However, for others it might prove tricky. No matter what version of Windows you are using though – Windows XP, Windows 7 or Windows Vista – the whole process becomes easy and quick the moment you know the steps you are required to take. So here they are.
Change Your Password in Windows XP
- The first thing to do is to tap or click Start.
- Select and click Control Panel. From the items listed in the Conrol Panel select the User Accounts item and double click it.
- Select the account for which you have to reset the password.
- Under What do you want to change about your account? there will be list of options. Click on the Change Password option. This will direct you to a new menu.
- Under the Create a password for your account heading, enter your current password once, and enter twice the password you want to set. While filling this data you should be careful in ensuring that each password goes into its respective fields. After you have made absolutely sure, click OK. Your password reset process will be completed, and your new password will be set immediately. Next time when you use Windows XP, you will be able to use the new password for identification and authentication. You can also go to Windows help and support for articles and tutorials.
Change Your Password in Windows 7 or Vista
- Press Ctrl, Alt and Del keys all at the same time.
- Click on the Change Password option.
- The prompt that follows will contain three blank fields or boxes. There is a blank here for entering your current password, and two blanks for entering your desired password (one for entry and another for confirmation). After filling in the data, click on the arrow or press Enter.
Your password reset process is complete, and your new password will be set immediately. You can also go to Windows help and support for articles and tutorials.