How to change your account password in Windows 8

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 17, 2013
Updated • Jan 23, 2013
Windows, Windows tips

If you are logging in to Windows 8 with a Microsoft Account to benefit from a couple of features such as data synchronization between accounts and options to recover passwords online, you may eventually run into a issue that I experienced recently.

I received a warning in Outlook that my account was limited and the only way I was able to resolve it was to change the account password and verify the account by phone. So far so good. The issue now was that I had saved the old password on the system so that it would log me in automatically on start of it.

Each time I booted into Windows 8 after changing the password resulted in a "the user name or password is incorrect. Try again." message. Entering the correct password allowed me to log in manually but Windows would not save the new password automatically. I had to change it in the system's records to enable the automatic login again. Here is how that is done.

Changing the account password in Windows 8

To change the saved account password in Windows 8 do the following:

  • Press the Windows key to display the start screen interface if you are not already there
  • Enter Control Panel and select the result with a click or tap on it
  • Click on the User Accounts and Family Safety category and there on user accounts.
  • Select Make changes to my account in PC settings. This loads the full screen control panel of Windows 8.
  • Locate the change your password option and click on it
  • Enter the current password and twice the new password

We are not done yet as it is necessary to configure the auto sign in again. I have detailed how that is done here. Here is a quick summary of what you need to do:

  • Press the Windows key.
  • Enter netplwiz and hit enter.
  • Select the user account you want to configure auto log in for and uncheck the "users must enter a user name and password to use this computer" box.
I'm not entire sure that you need to change the account password before you can configure the automatic login anew. Doing so without did not work on the system I tried it on. I suggest you try the netplwiz option first to see if it is sufficient.

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  1. Pat said on February 28, 2014 at 12:24 am

    All I want to do is Remove password in windows 8 every time you get on computer off & on all day you have to enter password please can you just tell me how to remove it or just enter it when you first get on that morning & not have to enter it any more that day hope you can help have done the nerplwiz did not work

  2. ilev said on January 17, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    @Totio Filipov

    This doesn’t really shut down, as we know for a real shut down you have to disable Fast Startup.

  3. Totio Filipov said on January 17, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Thanks for the info, I find Windows 8 to be very confusing in some aspects. I won’t say how long it took me how to shut it down…

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