XP Pro: How To Change Your Network Password

Posted September 29, 2006 by Rob Rogers in Windows networking

This tech-recipe explains how a user can change his network password in Windows XP Professional.

1. Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to bring up the Windows Security dialog box

2. Click Change Password to get to the Change Password dialog box

3. Input your current password into the Old Password text box

4. Input the desired new password into the New Password text box and type it again into the Confirm New Password text box.

5. Click OK.

Your password is now changed.


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  • justme

    Pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL does not bring up any Windows Security dialog box. It brings up the Task Manager. Do you mean the Windows Security Center, which I can open from the Control Panel? I have XP Pro SP3. In neither place do I see an option for “Change Password.”

    • Anonymous

      If you are running Microsoft XP Professional, pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del should bring up a dialog box from which you can choose ‘Task Manager’. From this dialog, you can also choose ‘Change Password’.
      If you are running Microsoft XP Home, pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del will bring up ‘Task Manager’ and you will need to go into ‘Control Panel’ and ‘Users’ to change your password.

  • To those who get the Task Manager in Windows XP, you have to disable the Welcome Screen. See this TechNet article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/281980

  • Michellemcbee

    Ctrl- Alt Del didn’t open security dialog box….
    now what?

  • Aosidh


  • Malcolm

    Well, this is fine for changing the XP password, but I want to find out what the Network Password is.
    My computer is not password protected.
    I am installing a network extender that requires me to enter the Network Password. (Cisco-Linksys), I do not know what it is.

  • luci johnson

    This did not work for me. I followed your instructions and got a message about configurations did not allow this to take place…..i have no idea what that means and I am as lost as I was before I tried your solution.

    Can you help me get through this impass…………..i cannot get email because i cannot put in my network password because I do not remember what it is………
    you can text me at 919-971-7742

  • bill ross

    the comments are correct. the answer did not address the problem…. i, too, need to create an xp NETWORK password, not an xp login password…. the ctrl-alt-del does not bring up the screen for that.

  • Elton

    Mine is the same way it does not give any option to change password