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How to Set a Password for Your User Account in Windows 10

If you have confidential information and files saved on your Windows 10 PC, it is important that you keep your account protected with a password. Your PC already comes with the option to let you enable password protection for your account. If you do not already use the feature, the following guide will teach you how to set password in Windows 10.

Windows 10 provides you with multiple options to set up a password for any of the user account on the computer. You may create a password for other accounts as well if you hold an administrator account on the system. In this guide, though, you are going to learn how you can set up a password for only your own account on your PC.

Let's check out the available methods to set password Windows 10:

Method 1. Set Password for User Account In PC Settings

Method 2. Create Password for User Account In Control Panel

Method 3. Create user password in Computer Management

Extra Tip: How to Reset Forgotten Password in Windows 10

Method 1. Set Password for User Account In PC Settings

The PC Settings is where you can change a lot of settings for your computer. It is the main hub for all the configurations that you can modify for your Windows 10 based computer. It can be used to change or set up user account passwords as well.

So, let's check out how you can set up a password for a user account using PC Settings in Windows 10:

Step 1. On the keyboard of your PC, press the Windows + I keys together and it will launch the PC Settings. When it launches, find and click on the option that says Accounts.

settings accounts

Step 2. When the Accounts menu opens on your screen, click on the option that says Sign-in options in the left sidebar of your screen. Then, click on the button that says Add beneath the Password headline.

add password

Step 3. On the following screen, you will be asked to enter the password you want to set up for your account. Do so and then click on the button that says Next at the bottom.

enter password

Step 4. Click on Finish on the following screen and you have finished setting up a password for your account.

Next time you log-in to your account on your PC, you will need to enter the correct password before you are able to access the account. So, make sure you memorize your password or you will not be able to access your account.

Method 2. Create Password for User Account In Control Panel

If you do not want to use Control Panel to perform tasks on your Windows computer, you can use the panel to create passwords for your user account as well. It is easy to do so and the following shows how you can do it.

Here's how to create a password for your user account using Control Panel:

Step 1. Launch Control Panel by pressing Windows + X keys together and selecting Control Panel from the menu that pops-up on your screen.

open control panel

Step 2. When Control Panel opens, ensure the View by option is set to Category. Then, find and click on the option that says Change account type.

change account type

Step 3. On the following screen, select the user account you want to create a password for and then click on the option that says Create a password.

create password

Step 4. Enter in the password you want to create for your account. Optionally, you may add a password hint. Click on the Create password button to finish creating your password.

input password

You are done. A password for your user account has been successfully created using Control Panel. Your PC will ask you to input this password each time you want to log-in to your computer.

Method 3. Create user password in Computer Management

Computer Management is a lesser known utility, but it helps you create a user password for your account on your PC. If you have never used the utility for any of your tasks before, the following is how you open it and create a password for your account.

Step 1. Right-click on This PC on your desktop and select the option that says Manage.

manage this pc

Step 2. When the utility opens, click on Local Users and Groups and then select Users. You will your user accounts list.

users

Step 3. Select the account you want to create a password for, right-click on the account, and click on the option that says Set Password.

set password

Step 4. Click on the Proceed button on the following screen to continue.

proceed

Step 5. Enter a password for your account and then click on OK.

type password

Your password should now be set for your user account. That is how to set up password on Windows 10 using the Computer Management utility.

Extra Tip: How to Reset Forgotten Password in Windows 10

If you are not used to using passwords to access accounts, you will likely forget the password of your account if you are not careful enough. If you have already forgotten the password, this section will help you to reset the password for your account.

In order to reset the password for your account, you are going to need a software called Windows Password Key. It helps users like you to reset passwords for your user accounts. The following is how you use it.

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Step 1. Download and launch the software on your other computer. Plug-in a blank CD/DVD or USB flash drive into your computer and click on Burn in the software.

password recovery main screen

Step 2. When the software is burned, insert the media into your computer where you have forgotten the password. Shut down your computer and boot it from the USB drive.

Step 3. Select your installation of Windows and click on Next.

Step 4. Choose your user account, select Remove Windows Password, and click on Next. Click on Next on the following screen.

recover password

You have successfully reset the password for your user account on your Windows 10 PC.

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If you have not set up a password for your user account yet, the above guide will help you to set password Windows 10 so your account is protected from unauthorized users. We hope it helps you create a password as well as reset the password if you ever forget it.

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