Screenshots: Windows 8 Reset your password tool

Select the Account settings command

Of course, this will only work smoothly if you have set up the Security information for your Microsoft account. While most folks with a Microsoft account will have Security information settings already configured, I have encountered older Microsoft accounts that do not. (If you set up a Microsoft account recently, you would have had to set up Security information settings in order to create your account.)

In this edition of the Windows Desktop Report, I'll show you how to reset your Windows 8 password. I'll also show you how to set up Security information settings for your Microsoft account.

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Check your Microsoft account's Security info

If you are using an older Microsoft account to sign into Windows 8, you should check to make sure that your Security info is set up so that you can easily reset your password should you forget it. The easiest way to do so is to log into your Microsoft account at Once you are logged on, click the picture icon in the upper right corner of the window and when the menu appears, select Account settings, as shown in Figure B.

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By Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.