Changing the Password on Other Peoples Accounts

Everyone who logs on to your computer should periodically change his password to help protect your computer. The best way to change passwords is to have the person log on and change the password himself. This way, he won't lose any encrypted files, personal certificates, or stored passwords for websites. Alternatively, you can log on as this person and change his password for him by following the instructions discussed in the section "Changing Your Password" on page 710.

If a user loses his password and you have no password recovery file, you can change the password on that person's account by completing the following steps:

1. Click Starts-Control Panels-User Accounts and Family SafetysAdd or Remove Users Accounts.

2. On the "Choose the account you would like to change" page, you'll see a list of existing accounts on the computer. Click the account you want to work with.

3. On the "Make changes to..." page, click "Change the password."

4. On the "Change...password" page, shown in Figure 18-11, type the new password for this user's account in the first text box.

5. Confirm the new password by retyping it in the second text box.

6. Afterward, type a unique password hint and then click "Change password."

Change a password for an account only if this person doesn't have encrypted files, personal certificates, or stored passwords for websites. If the user does have these items and you create a password, he or she will lose all the associated data. To keep this from happening, simply ask the user to log on and create his or her own password.

Change a password for an account only if this person doesn't have encrypted files, personal certificates, or stored passwords for websites. If the user does have these items and you create a password, he or she will lose all the associated data. To keep this from happening, simply ask the user to log on and create his or her own password.

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