If you are using a home or office network, you probably have a password set up to allow individual users to log into the computer and access the network. In order to improve security and privacy, you can have a different password for each user on the network. Changing the network password for any given user is a simple process that only requires modifying a single setting in the Windows XP Control Panel menu.
Access any computer on the network that has administrator privileges. Click on the Start icon in the bottom task bar.
Scroll through the Start menu and click on the "Control Panel" button. Navigate to the bottom of the Control Panel window and double-click the icon of two people labeled "User Accounts."
Click on the green arrow icon at the top of the window labeled "Change an Account." Click on the name of the specific network user that you want to modify.
Click on the link labeled "Change My Password" at the center of the window. Type the existing network password into the "Current Password" text field.
Type the new network password that you want to use in the "New Password" text field. Type the new password again in the "Verify Password" text field. Click on the "Change Password" button to make the change official.
Tips & Warnings
- If you haven't set up a network password for the user before, you will need to click on "Create Password" instead of "Change Password" in the User Accounts menu.
- In order to maintain password security on your network, it's a good idea to change your password at least once every six months. Use a password that has a combination of numbers and letters and would be hard for anyone else to guess.
- If you are not logged into an administrative account, you will not be able to change network passwords for other computers. You can still change the network password for your specific computer, unless the network administrator has removed your access to change the password.
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