Change Windows 11 Password with/without Old One (7 Tips)

How to change user account password in Windows 11? There are many ways to accomplish this task, but note that some of them may result in losing data of your user account. This article describes 2 easy ways to change Windows 11 local account password without affecting data of the user account. If you have forgotten password to your user account, here are also 5 ways to help you change Windows 11 password without knowing it.

Note: If you use a Microsoft account, you can easily change its password in Microsoft official website. Step-by-step guide can be found here.

Part One: You Know Your Windows 11 User Password and Need to Change It. Use the Following Methods:

Tip 1: Change Windows 11 Password with CTRL-ALT-DELETE Keys.

Tip 2: Change Windows 11 Password in Windows Settings.

Part Two: You Have Forgotten Your Windows 11 User Account Password. Use the Following Tips to Change Forgotten Password.

Tip 3: Change Forgotten Windows 11 Password by Running “Lusrmgr.msc”.

Tip 4: Change Forgotten Windows 11 Password with Command Prompt.

Tip 5: Change Forgotten Windows 11 Local Admin Password with Security Questions.

Tip 6: Change Forgotten Windows 11 Local Admin Password with Password Key.

Tip 7: Change Forgotten Local Administrator or User Password for Windows 11 by Using Password Rescuer. (Work with CD/DVD/USB.)

Tip 1: Change Windows 11 Password with CTRL-ALT-DELETE Keys.

Regularly changing Windows 11 login password is a security way to protect your computer which is used in school or office. This is the easiest way to change a Windows 11 local account password without affecting data or settings.

Step 1: On the desktop, press CTRL-ALT-DELETE keys and then select “Change a password”.

Step 2: Type in your old password, new password, confirm new password. Then submit.

Step 3: You password has been changed. Please remember it. Click “OK” to back into the desktop.

 

Tip 2: Change Windows 11 Password in Windows Settings.

Another easy and safe way to change your Windows 11 password is doing it in Windows settings. Note: If you use another admin account to help change your password, this account will lose personal data and encrypted files and app password, etc. So, please first sign in your user account which you want to change its password and then complete the following steps.

Step 1: Open “Start” menu and choose “Settings” – “Accounts”. Under your user account, select “Sign-in options”. Under sign-in options, select “Password” option and then click “Change”.

Step 2: On “Change your password” screen, type in your current password and then select “Next”.

Step 3: Type in a new password, confirm new password, password hint. Click “Next”.

Step 4: Your password has been changed. Next time you sign in, use the new password.

 

Tip 3: Change Forgotten Windows 11 Password by Running “Lusrmgr.msc”.

This tip requires you have an admin account available on your computer. Then you can run Lusrmgr with admin rights and change forgotten password for any other local user account.

Step 1: Sign in your admin account on Windows 11. On the desktop, press Win+R keys and the type in “lusrmgr.msc”. Click “OK” to launch it.

Step 2: “Local Users and Groups” window appears. In user list, right click your target user account and then select “Set password”.

Step 3: Warning dialog pops up. Select “Proceed”.

Note: Resetting this password might cause irreversible loss if information for this user account. You should use this command only if a user has forgotten his password and hoes not have a password reset disk.

Step 4: Type in a new password and confirm it. Then click “OK”. The password will be changed and you will loss access to all of its encrypted files, stored passwords and personal security certificates.

If you don’t wish to loss data of your user account use the following tips.

 

Tip 4: Change Forgotten Windows 11 Password with Command Prompt.

When you have admin rights on your Windows 11 computer, you also can use Command Prompt to help change any other local user account and all data and settings of that account will remain unchanged.

Step 1: Open start menu and type “command prompt” in the search box. From the search results, right-click “Command Prompt” and then select “Run as administrator”.

Step 2: When User Account Control pops up, select “Yes”.

Step 3: At the command window, type in “net user” and then press Enter key on your keyboard. All local user accounts of Windows 11 will be list.

Step 4: To change a user account password without knowing it, run the following command. For example: Type in “net user administrator 123456” and then press Enter, the administrator password will be changed to “123456”. So in next sign-in, you need to use the new password.

 

Tip 5: Change Forgotten Windows 11 Local Admin Password with Security Questions.

This tip is useful when you forget Windows 11 local admin password and don't have another account with admin rights. In Windows 11, everyone who installs Windows on their computer have to add security questions and answers to their local admin account. So, if you still have your security answers, follow this guide to easily change your local admin password without knowing it.

Step 1: After entered a wrong password in sign-in screen, click “OK” to try again.

Step 2: Now you can see a link for resetting password displayed under the password box. Select it.

Step 3: Three security questions you have previously added will be shown to you. Give answers to the questions. Then submit.

Step 4: If the answers you gave are correct, Windows will let you set a new password. Now type in a new password and confirm it. Then submit.

Step 5: You have successfully changed the password and Windows let you sign in the user account with the new password.

 

Tip 6: Change Forgotten Windows 11 Local Admin Password with Password Key.

Lost answers to the security questions? You can use a password reset disk instead (It is also named password key). Windows 11 allows user to create a password reset disk for prevent a forgotten password for his or her local admin account, but it must be create when he or she can log on the admin account.

So, if you have previously created a password reset disk for your local admin account in Windows 11, now complete the following steps to change your forgotten password easily without data loss.

Step 1: After you entered a wrong password, select “OK”.

Step 2: Insert your password key to the computer and then select “Reset password”.

Step 3: Unser the security questions, select “Use password reset disk instead”.

Step 4: Password reset wizard appears, select “Next”.

Step 5: Select the drive which contains your password key. Then select “Next”.

Step 6: Type in a new password and confirm it. Then select “Next”.

Step 7: The old password has been changed. In next sign-in, you need to use the new password.

 

Tip 7: Change Forgotten Local Administrator or User Password for Windows 11 by Using Password Rescuer.

This is an easy and safe way to change forgotten Windows 11 local administrator and user passwords without affecting data or settings. With help of Windows Password Rescuer, you can easily create a password recovery disk on CD, DVD or USB flash drive. Then you can use the disk to change password for any Windows user account. It is now working perfectly for Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP and Windows server 2019, 2016, 2012/R2, 2008/R2, 2003/R2, etc.

In this procedure, I will show you how to use Windows Password Rescuer Personal edition to create a password recovery disk on USB flash drive and then change a forgotten Windows 11 local administrator password on a locked computer.

Step 1: Use Windows Password Rescuer to create a password recovery disk.

You have to do this step on another Windows computer. If you have only one computer, you can do this step on your friend’s computer.

1. Purchase Windows Password Rescuer Personal full version online. (Use your phone or an accessible computer with internet access.) A moment later, you will receive a download link where you can download the full version of the product from email you chose. (If you want to download the trial version, free download it here.)

2. Download and install Windows Password Rescuer Personal on an accessible Windows computer. Plug a blank USB flash drive into the computer and then launch the product. A friendly interface appears, select “USB Device”.

3. Select the USB drive name from list and then click “Begin Burning”. When a confirm message pops up, click “Yes”.

4. Burning starts and it will be completed in a minute. When it finished, unplug the USB flash drive.

Step 2: Use the USB disk to change Windows 11 password on your locked computer.

1. Plug the USB flash drive into your locked computer. Set the computer to boot from USB. (Details about this step.)

2. Wait the computer to boot from USB and load Windows Password Rescuer. When you see the following screen, select your administrator account which you want to change its password.

3. Click “Reset Password” button. When a confirm message pops up, click “yes”.

4. The administrator password has been changed to blank. (No password for the account.)

5. Click “Reboot”. When a confirm message pops up, unplug the USB flash drive from the computer and then click “Yes”.

6. PC restarts and then you are able to sign into the administrator account without password. All data and settings of the account will be fine.

 

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