I Want to Change My Password in Hotmail

By C. Taylor

The password on your Microsoft Hotmail account can be changed after you log in to your account through Windows Live. Regularly changing your password helps protect you from leaked passwords, which could occur when using the same password on other sites or accessing your Hotmail account on public computers. You need your current password to directly change it, but you can also request that the password be reset if you have forgotten it.

Change Password

Step 1

Open your web browser and log into your Hotmail account through Windows Live.

Step 2

Click your name at the top right of the page and select "View your account." If you are asked for your password again, reenter it.

Step 3

Click "Change" next to "Password" under the "Reset your password" section of the account summary page.

Step 4

Enter your current password where it says "Old password," and enter a new password next to "Type new password" and "Retype new password." Make sure you type the same set of characters in both new password boxes.

Step 5

Click "Save" to save your new password.

Reset Password

Step 1

Open your web browser and go Hotmail's Windows Live login page.

Step 2

Click "Forgot your password" in the login section.

Step 3

Enter your Hotmail email address in the section labeled "Windows Live ID," and enter the letters from the "Picture" image into the "Characters" field. Click "Continue."

Step 4

Check the alternate email account you provided to Hotmail when setting up your Hotmail account initially, and follow the instructions in the email you receive from Windows Live. You will be instructed to click a link and change your password.