Considering the importance of privacy nowadays, it’s no surprise that how to put a password on Windows 10 is one of the hotly discussed topics among Windows 10 users. At the moment, if you own a Windows 10 PC, you should be able to put a password on it via Settings, Control Panel and Computer Management. New to Windows 10 and don’t know what must be done? In that case, this article is for you.
Setting Up Passwords On Windows 10: Instructions
- Step 1: Press Windows key then hit the cogwheel icon to open Settings.
- Step 2: Select Accounts, choose Sign in options and hit Add under Password.
- Step 3: Enter your password in the first two fields and for Password hint, enter something that could help you remember your password.
- Step 4: Proceed to select Next then choose Finish. Assuming that you don’t mess up, you will be required to input the correct password on your next login to access your account.
Via Control Panel
- Step 1: Go to Windows Search, type Control Panel and hit Enter.
- Step 2: Select User accounts then if you are logged in as admin and you want to set a password for another account, choose Manage another account.
- Step 3: Click the account you want to set the password for then pick Create Password.
- Step 4: Enter your password in the first two fields as well as the password hint and hit Create Password.
Via Computer Management
- Step 1: Right-click the Start menu then pick Computer Management (There is an alternative way to access Computer Management on your desktop, right-click This PC then pick Manage).
- Step 2: Navigate to System tools > Local Users and Groups > Users.
- Step 3: Right-click the account you want to create a password for, pick Set password and hit Proceed.
- Step 4: Enter your password, confirm it and hit OK.
Security Guidelines For Windows 10
- Set password hints that make it hard for others to guess your password.
- For security questions, use ones that are not too obvious.
- Set multiple ways to sign in to your user account just in case one fails. If possible, enable all options i.e PIN, password, fingerprint, and security key.
- Set up a local account for your day-to-day use instead of using the admin account.
Do I Have To Be Logged In As Admin To Perform Admin Actions?
No, you can perform duties that require administrative privileges even when you are not logged in as administrator. What you only need to have is the admin password and when the UAC prompts appears, input the admin password then hit Enter.
How Can I Change My Password On Windows 10?
Note: Changing your Microsoft account password will also change passwords for your Microsoft services e.g OneDrive. Additionally, after changing your current Microsoft account password, you cannot revert to your old password.
- Step 1: Launch Settings then select Accounts.
- Step 2: Go Sign in options then under Manage how you sign in to your device, select Password and choose Change.
- Step 3: Enter your current password then click Next.
- Step 4: Enter your new password, confirm your new password and create a password hint.
- Step 5: Select Next then choose Finish to complete the password change.
How Can I Update My Security Questions?
- Step 1: Go to Sign-in options in Settings.
- Step 2: Click Password under Manage how you sign in to your device then pick Update your security questions.
- Step 3: Enter your current password, select your preferred security questions and choose Finish to save changes.
How Can I Reset My Password On Windows 10?
For Local Account:
In the sign-in screen, click Reset password. You may not be able to see this if you are using a workplace device that is on a network and it’s best to contact your administrator for help in that case. Answer the security questions then Enter your new password.
For Microsoft Account:
- Step 1: On the sign-in screen, select your account and choose I forgot my password.
- Step 2: Pick a way in which Microsoft will verify your identity then enter your reset code.
- Step 3: Create your new password and click Next.
How Do I Create An Admin Account On Windows 10?
- Step 1: Open Windows Settings, click Accounts and pick Family & other users.
- Step 2: Below Other users, select Add someone else to this PC and choose I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.
- Step 3: Hit Add a user without a Microsoft account, input your username and password then choose Next.
- Step 4: Once the account is all set, press the Windows key then click your account avatar.
- Step 5: Select Sign out, choose your new account and sign in.
- Step 6: Go to Accounts in Settings again, select Family & other users and choose the account you recently created.
- Step 7: Hit Change account type then from the Account type dropdown menu, pick Administrator and click OK.