How to Change Your Password in Windows 11 (8 Methods)

In my experience so far, I’ve seen people choose a simple four-digit PIN over a complex password to protect their Windows PCs. The PIN is short, simple and easy to remember. But every once in a while, you need the account password to change the system settings, and in such scenario, many people seem to forget the password they had set. But there is nothing to fear. You can easily change your computer password in Windows 11, and we have mentioned 8 different methods in this tutorial. So without further ado, let’s go ahead and learn how to set a new password in Windows 11 without knowing the old password.

Change your password in Windows 11 (2022)

In this tutorial, we have included 8 ways to change password in Windows 11. If you remember the current password, changing your PIN or password is a piece of cake. However, if you can’t remember the old password of your Windows 11 PC, we have some handy solutions for you as well. So let’s dive into it.

1. Change password in Windows 11 (for users who know the current password)

If you know your current Windows 11 PC password, you can change it easily from the Settings app. Just follow the steps below to know how it works:

1. Press the Windows 11 keyboard shortcut “Windows + I” to open the Settings app. Now go to Accounts -> Login Options.

Change your password in Windows 11 (2022)

2. Here, click to expand the “Password” section then click the “To change” button.

Change your password in Windows 11 (2022)

3. After that enter the Current Password from your Windows 11 PC and click “Next”.

Change your password in Windows 11 (2022)

4. On the next page, you can easily change the password. You can also add a hint to help you recover your account if you forget your password.

Change your password in Windows 11 (2022)

5. Finally, click on “Finish“, and you are done. You have successfully changed your Windows 11 password.

Change your password in Windows 11 (2022)

2. Change PIN in Windows 11 (for users who know their current PIN)

Some users set a PIN code instead of a password to quickly log in to their PC. If you want to change PIN in Windows 11, follow our tutorial below.

1. Similar to the method above, open the Settings app and proceed to Accounts -> Connection Options.

Change your password in Windows 11 (2022)

2. Here, click to expand the “PIN (Windows Hello)” section then click the “Change PIN” button.

2. Change PIN in Windows 11 (for users who know current PIN)

3. On the next page, enter the current PIN in the first field, then set a new one just below. Enter the new PIN in the second and third text fields. Finally click on “OKAY“, and that’s it. You have successfully changed the PIN on your Windows 11 computer.

2. Change PIN in Windows 11 (for users who know current PIN)

3. Change Microsoft account password linked to Windows 11 PC

If you linked a Microsoft account online to your Windows 11 PC, you can also change its password. Even if you forgot your Microsoft account password, don’t worry. Just follow our guide to change the password.

1. If you remember your Microsoft account password online, go to account.microsoft.com/security and change the password.

3. Change Microsoft account password linked to Windows 11 PC

2. If you forgot the password, go to account.live.com/ResetPassword.aspx and enter your Microsoft email address or phone number.

3. Change Microsoft account password linked to Windows 11 PC

3. After that, Verify Your Identity via recovery phone number or email account.

3. Change Microsoft account password linked to Windows 11 PC

4. Once you have verified that the account belongs to you, you can easily change the Microsoft account password. You can create a new password and sign in with the same on your Windows 11 PC. Also, after signing in, you can remove the online Microsoft account from your Windows 11 PC and switch to a local account.

3. Change Microsoft account password linked to Windows 11 PC

4. Change Password in Windows 11 Without Knowing Current Password

If you can’t remember the current password and still want to change your Windows 11 PC password, you can do so with other built-in tools and commands. That said, keep in mind that this method only works with local accounts on Windows 11, so here’s how to do it.

Change password using ‘netplwiz’ command

1. Press “Windows + R” to open the Run dialog box. Here, type netplwiz and press Enter.

4. Change password in Windows 11 without knowing current password (via 'netplwiz' command)

2. Next, select your account in the pop-up window that appears and click “Reset password“.

4. Change password in Windows 11 without knowing current password (via 'netplwiz' command)

3. In the next window, set a new password for your Windows 11 PC, and you’re done. You have successfully changed your password in Windows 11 without knowing the current password.

4. Change password in Windows 11 without knowing current password (via 'netplwiz' command)

Change password via command prompt

Apart from the netplwiz command, you can also change the password in Windows 11 through the command prompt. You also don’t need to remember the old password for this to work. Again, this will only work for local accounts, so follow the steps below:

1. Press the Windows key and type “cmd” in the search box. Now select Execute as administrator” in the right pane. If you still want to run apps as an administrator on Windows 11, head over to our linked article.

5. Change Password in Windows 11 without Knowing Current Password (via Command Prompt)

2. In the command prompt window, run the below command and it will show all user accounts. Next, write down the name of the account whose password you want to change in the second column. For example, the account name here is Test.

net user
5. Change Password in Windows 11 without Knowing Current Password (via Command Prompt)

3. Now run the below command to change password in Windows 11. You need to replace accountname with the real username displayed in the second column. And set your own password instead of newpassword. Hit Enter after that, and you’re done.

net user accountname newpassword
5. Change Password in Windows 11 without Knowing Current Password (via Command Prompt)

Change password from control panel

You can also open Control Panel in Windows 11 and change the password without remembering the old password. But note that this only works for local accounts and you will need to follow the steps in section 3 to change your Microsoft account password online. Follow the steps below for detailed instructions.

1. Press the Windows key and type “control”. Now open the “Control Panel“.

Control Panel

2. Next, click “Change account typeunder “User Accounts”. You will need administrator privileges to make this change.

Control Panel

3. Next, click the local account whose password you want to change.

Control Panel

4. Here, click on “Change password“.

Control Panel

5. On the next page, set a new password for your Windows 11 computer, and you’re done.

Control Panel

Change password through computer management

Computer management also lets you set a new password for Windows 11 without having to remember the current password. However, this method also only works with local accounts on Windows 11. Here’s how to do it.

1. Press the Windows key and type “management”. Open “computer management“.

computer management

2. Next, expand the “Local users and groupsin the left pane and open “Users”.

computer management

3. Here, select the user account whose password you want to change from the right pane and right-click its name. Now choose “Set password” in the context menu.

computer management

4. Click on “Proceed” in the pop-up window that appears.

computer management

5. Finally, set a new password for your Windows 11 computer.

computer management

5. Forgot your Windows 11 password and your PC is locked? Here’s how to change the password

If you have a local account and are locked out of your pc because you can’t seem to remember the current password, don’t worry. We have written a dedicated tutorial on how to reset your Windows 11 password in case you completely forgot the password. The best part is that you don’t lose any data in this process. So I suggest going through our linked guide and following the step by step instructions there. You will be able to change the password in Windows 11 from the lock screen.

8. Forgot your Windows 11 password and your PC is locked?  Here's how to change the password

Set a new password on your Windows 11 PC

So here are the 8 easy methods that can help you change password in Windows 11. No matter you have an online account associated with your PC or a local account, we have mentioned solutions for all user groups . Anyway, it all comes from us. If you want to do a clean install of Windows 11, we have a handy guide linked here. And to learn more about the differences between Windows 11 Home vs Pro editions, browse our in-depth comparison. Finally, if you have any questions, let us know in the comment section below.