Changing Your Password

Changing Your Windows Password

How do I change my Windows password?

  1. In Windows 2000 or XP, press and hold the Control and Alt keys, and press the Delete key. This will bring up the Windows Security dialog, containg six buttons.

  2. Click on "Change Password..."

  3. In the Old Password field, enter your current password, and in both the New Password and Confirm New Password field, type your desired new password. Your password must be at least 8 characters and must have at least one of the following:

    • an uppercase character,
    • a lowercase character,
    • a digit
    • a special character

    If you have trouble coming up with a new password you can ask the mail system to suggest one by logging in to the mail server and typing "mkpasswd".

  4. Click "OK" to finish.

  5. If you receive an error message "The passwords you typed do not match. Type the new password in both text boxes", ensure that you typed your new password in both the New and Confirm New Password fields, and ensure they you did not make a typo in either field.

Changing Your Email (Unix) Password

How do I change my email (Unix) password?

  1. Close all your email clients.

  2. In Windows, you may use the SecureCRT program to access Unix. You will find SecureCRT under Start → select Programs. You will need to choose the protocol (ssh), enter the hostname (mail.lib.ucdavis.edu) and your username.

    Refer to the step-by-step instructions for details on using SecureCRT.

  3. Once you have logged on to the system, type passwd at the prompt.

  4. Type in your current password and press enter.

  5. Type in your desired new password (you will be asked for it twice). Your password must be at least 8 characters and must have at least one of the following:

    • an uppercase character,
    • a lowercase character,
    • a digit
    • a special character

    If you have trouble coming up with a new password you can ask the system to suggest one by typing "mkpasswd".

  6. You should see no errors if all went well. If so, your password change is complete and takes effect immediately. If you see an error, ensure your typed in your old password correctly, and ensure your new password was the same both times you entered it, with no typos.

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