How do I change my username or password?

Password protectedBelow 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 for steps on how to change the username or password.

Windows 8 users
Windows Vista and 7 users
Windows XP users
Windows 2000 users
Windows 95, 98, and ME users
Mac OS X users
Apple iPad passcode
Linux and Unix and most variants
BIOS passwords
Internet username and passwords
Online forums and accounts

Windows 8 users

Windows 8 Charms menuChange password

  1. Open the Charms menu by pressing the "Windows" key plus the "C" key and select Settings.
  2. In Settings, select Change PC settings.
  3. In PC Settings, select Users.
  4. Select the Change your password option to change the password for your local Windows account.

Change username

  1. From the Windows Desktop, open the Charms menu by pressing the "Windows" key plus the "C" key and select Settings.
  2. In Settings, select Control Panel.
  3. In the Control Panel, switch the View by option to "Large icons" or "Small icons," then select User Accounts.
  4. In the User Accounts window, select Change your account name to change the username for your local Windows account.

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 are 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 can 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.

Mac OS X users

Mac OS X 10.6 or later - Change password

  1. Log in using an administrator account.
  2. In the Apple menu, select System Preferences.
  3. In the View menu, select Users & Groups.
  4. You may need to click the lock button if it appears to be locked. Enter the administrator password.
  5. Select the user account you want to change.
  6. Click Reset Password or Change Password.
  7. In the New Password and Verify fields, type in the new password.
  8. After entering the new password, click the Reset Password or Change Password button again.

Mac OS X 10.3 to 10.5.8 - Change password

  1. Log in using an administrator account.
  2. In the Apple menu, select System Preferences.
  3. In the View menu, select Accounts.
  4. You may need to click the lock button if it appears to be locked. Enter the administrator password.
  5. Select the user account you want to change.
  6. Click Reset Password or Change Password.
  7. In the New Password and Verify fields, type in the new password.
  8. After entering the new password, click the Reset Password or Change Password button again.
  9. If a dialog window pops up, click OK.

Mac OS X 10.2 to 10.2.8 - Change password

  1. Log in using an administrator account.
  2. In the Apple menu, select System Preferences.
  3. In the View menu, select Accounts.
  4. You may need to click the lock button if it appears to be locked.
  5. Select the user account you want to change.
  6. Select the Edit User option.
  7. In the New Password and Verify fields, type in the new password and click OK.
  8. If a dialog window pops up, click OK.

Mac OS X 10.1.5 or earlier - Change password

  1. Log in using an administrator account.
  2. In the Apple menu, select System Preferences.
  3. In the View menu, select Users.
  4. You may need to click the lock button if it appears to be locked.
  5. Select the user account you want to change.
  6. Select the Edit User option.
  7. In the New Password and Verify fields, type in the new password and click Save.

Apple iPad passcode

Change passcode

  1. On the iPad, go to Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Select Passcode Lock.
  4. Select Change Passcode.

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 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

The computer BIOS does not have a username, only a password.

Internet username and passwords

Changing your Internet username or password is based on your Internet Service Provider (ISP) 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 do not allow the account name to be change.

Because every Internet Service Provider and web hosts are 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 the user to change their password only through the profile or account settings. However, most companies do not allow you to change your username; usually, you must create a 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.

If you are unable to access an online account because you do not know the username or password, look for a link on the account login page for retrieving a forgotten username or password. This option may be able to help in determining what your username or password is, or help in resetting your account password.

Additional information

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