How to Change Passwords in Windows Me/98/95

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SUMMARY

This article describes how to change passwords in Windows Millennium Edition (Me), Windows 98, and Windows 95. The following topics are included in this article:
  • Windows Screen Saver Password
  • Windows Password
  • Other Password Information

MORE INFORMATION

You can use several types of programs and tools in Windows to use password protection.

Windows Screen Saver Password

To change the Windows screen saver password:

NOTE: If you are using a third-party screen saver, you may need to contact the manufacturer of the program to obtain information about how to change the password.
  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Display, and then click the Screen Saver tab.
  3. Under Screen Saver, click to select the Password Protected check box, and then click Change.
  4. In the New password box, type your new password.
  5. In the Confirm new password box, type your new password, click OK, and then click OK.

Windows Password

To change the Windows password:
  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Passwords, click Change Windows Password, and then click OK. Note that the Password icon may be missing if you do not have a profile or network login for a Windows password. In this case, you typically do not have a password to change.

    NOTE: If you cancel the network logon, the Change Passwords tab may not be available. You must log on so the Change Passwords tab will be available.
  3. In the Old password box, type your old password, in the New password box, type your new password. In the Confirm new password box, type your new password, click OK, and then click OK.

Other Password Information

Some password settings in Windows may be set by third-party programs. If you are prompted for a password, check the title of the password window for information about which program is asking for the password.

Most Windows passwords are changed by providing an old password, a new password, and then a confirmation of the new password as described earlier in this article.
For additional information about password issues in Windows, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
152104 How to Prevent a Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Me Logon Prompt at Startup
245111 No Old Password Visible When Changing Domain Password
140709 How to Cache Your Windows NT Domain Password in Windows 95/98

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Article ID: 257485 - Last Review: January 27, 2007 - Revision: 1.3
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 95
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