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Changing Administrator Passwords on Windows XP and 2000

Due to networking security considerations it is extremely important to change your windows workstation password to a non-trivial one. Workstations without administration passwords or very simple passwords such as (12345, aaaaaa etc.) will find their computer easy access to malicious users and viral attacks.

  1. To change your password right mouse click on My Computer. On Windows 2000 and some versions of XP My Computer is found on the desktop. In some versions of XP you will need to click on Start and from there right mouse click My Computer.After right mouse clicking on My Computer choose Manage as shown below.

  2. Choose under System Tools--> Local Users and Groups--> Users. Right click the Admistrator account and then click on Set Password.

  3. The following screen will appear. Enter a password and a confirmation of the password . IMPORTANT: Do not forget the password or else you will be locked out of your computer. Press OK and close the Computer Management screen.

    NOTE: In Windows XP you'll also receive the following screen. Click Proceed.

  4. Now that you've secured the Administrator account, you need to repeat steps 2-3 with all the other users.

  5. To avoid login problems please note that the Caps Lock is off and the Language is set on EN.

Last updated 12.11.03