Passwords are the most important aspects of Windows-based or non-Windows-based operating systems. In production environments, where security is a major concern, network administrators always protect the network devices (Routers, LAN Switches, Wireless Access Points, Computers, etc.) with strong passwords. This practice protects the entire network setup and its participating devices from malicious attacks and intruders. On the other hand, in homes, although protecting the computers and the user accounts with the passwords is not mandatory, Microsoft still recommends that at least simple passwords, if not complex, must be assigned to the devices and the accounts.
When computers are used in production environments, to add an extra layer of security, many administrators configure the operating systems to enforce users to change their passwords on a regular basis. In domain oriented network setups, this configuration is done on the domain controllers, where group policy settings are modified and then they are applied to the client computers. On the other hand, in workgroup setups, administrators must configure the settings on every computer individually.
Sometimes, administrators also allow new users to change their passwords after they log on to the computers for the very first time. Administrators do this when they want to create user accounts for the users that may store sensitive information in their profiles. Examples may include user accounts for people who deal with organizations’ accounts, etc.
On the other hand, some administrators also prevent users from changing their passwords on their own. This configuration is done during the creation of users’ accounts. In order to prevent users from changing their passwords, the administrators must check ‘User cannot change password’ checkbox which is available in the ‘New User’ box. When this configuration is done, users are required to contact their systems administrators if they want to change their passwords.
To prevent hacking, many administrators also configure the operating systems to accept complex passwords only. This configuration enforces both users and administrators to specify lengthy and complicated passwords while defining or changing them.
How to Change User Account’s Password in Microsoft Windows 8?
In order to change user account’s password in Microsoft Windows 8, steps given below must be followed:
- Log on to Windows 8 computer with the account for which the password has to be changed.
- Ensure that the user has permission to change the password.
- On the Start window, hover mouse to the bottom right corner.
- From the displayed options, click Settings.
- From the Settings panel, click Change PC settings from the bottom.
- On the PC Settings window, click Users from the left section.
- From the Your account section in the right, under Sign-in options, click Change your password.
- On Change your password window, in the Current password field, type the current password that was used to log on and click Next.
- On the next window, populate the New password, Reenter password, Password hint fields with their appropriate values and click Next.
- On the next window, click Finish to complete the process.