How do I change my username or password?

Below are the steps on how to change your username or password in major operating systems, online services, and other locations. Keep in mind that unless you are the administrator or root of the system, you need to know the password of the account before changing it into something else. Click on one of the links below to scroll down automatically to steps on how to change the username or password

Windows Vista and 7 users
Windows XP users
Windows 2000 users
Windows 95, 98, and ME users
Linux and Unix and most variants
BIOS passwords
Internet username and passwords
Online forums and accounts

Windows Vista and 7 users

Change password

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Click Add or remove user accounts.
  3. Click the account you want to change.
  4. Click Change the password

Change username

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Click Add or remove user accounts.
  3. Click the account you want to change.
  4. Click Change the account name

Windows XP users

Change password

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Users Accounts icon.
  3. Select the account you want to change.
  4. Select the option "Change my name" to change your username or "Create a password" or "Change my password" to change your password.

Note: Windows XP Home users can only change the Administrator password through Safe Mode.

Change username

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Users Accounts icon.
  3. Select the account you want to change.
  4. Click "Change My Name"
  5. Enter the new name you want to use and click the Change Name button.

Windows 2000 users

Change password

Microsoft Windows 2000 users can change their username by pressing CTRL + ALT + DEL while in Windows to open the Windows Security window. From this window click the "Change Password" button.

Enter your old password and the new password you want to use.

Change username

In order to change the username of an account on Windows XP you need to have an account with Administrator rights. If you're logged in as Administrator or have an account with Administrator rights, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Users and Password icon.
  3. Make sure "Users must enter a user and password to use this computer" is checked.
  4. Highlight the account you want to change the username for and click the Properties button.
  5. Within the Properties you'll be able to change the Username.

Windows 95, 98, and ME users

Change password

To change your password or password settings in Windows 95, 98, or ME, follow the steps below.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Passwords icon.
  3. In the Password Properties window, click the Change Windows Password button.

Note: The Windows password can also be changed through the Users icon in Control Panel.

Change username

You can change the user settings in Windows 95/98 through the Users icon in Control Panel. However, this does not allow you to change the actual username. If you need to change the username, we suggest you create a copy of your existing username and use the new username. Below are the steps to do this.

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Double-click the Users icon.
  3. Highlight the user you want to make a copy of and click the Make a copy button.
  4. Follow the wizard in creating a new user account.

Linux and Unix and most variants

Change password

Almost all Linux and Unix and variants have access to the passwd command. Enter this command at the prompt to change your password. You'll need to know the current password before being able to change the password to a new password.

See the passwd command page for additional information about this command.

Change username

In order to change the username you need to have root or super-user access.

To change the username of an account, use the vipw command. See the vipw command page for additional information about this command.

To change the user settings, use the chfn command. See the chfn command page for additional information about this command.

BIOS passwords

Change password

The system password that appears immediately after turning on the computer and CMOS or BIOS password are both changed through the CMOS Setup.

Change username

A computer BIOS does not have a username.

Internet username and passwords

Changing your Internet username or password is really dependent on how your Internet Service Provider is setup and what their policy is for changing the username and password. Often, most ISPs allow you to change your password whenever you need to; however, they will not allow you to change your account name.

Because every Internet Service Provider (ISP) and web host is different, we suggest you contact the company for additional help with changing your username or password.

Online forums and accounts

Like the Computer Hope forums, most forums allow a user to change their password only through the profile or account settings. However, most companies will not allow you to change your username; usually, you must create new account to do this. If you need additional service with changing your username or password on another website, we suggest you contact the company or webmaster in control of that website.

Additional information

  • See the username and password definitions for further information and related links.