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How to change your password from a Windows computer

This only works if the computer being used is a member of the IBG Windows domain. Your computer is a member of the IBG Windows domain if the following are true:

  • Your computer is on-campus.
  • You press ctrl-alt-delete and see a login box similar to (it will look different on Vista):

Windows XP login dialog

If your computer is not a member of the IBG Windows domain then follow the web based password change or command line password change instructions.

Login to Windows

First login to Windows as your normally do.

Choose a new password

    • The password should be 8 or more characters long
    • Include upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and punctuation
    • Do not use the characters : # ' [ ]
    • Do not use any dictionary word no matter how obscure
  • Do not share your password with anybody

Getting to the change password dialog

  1. Press ctrl-alt-delete to bring up the Windows Security window:Windows Security
  2. Click the Change Password… button
    1. Enter your current password into the Old Password: field
    2. Enter your new password into the New Password: and Confirm New Password: fields

If a message appears saying ''Your password has been changed'' then your password has successfully been updated. Use your new password to login to your IBG Windows computer and for IBG e-mail and command line access. Press the Cancel button on the Windows Security window to return to Windows.

If a message comes up saying ''The username or old password is incorrect'' then your password was entered wrong, or the username has been changed. The Old Password is the same as the one used to login to your Windows computer. Try again and verify that the username is correct and take care in entering your old password correctly.

computing/windows_password_change.txt · Last modified: 2008/12/01 15:52 by lessem