I can’t figure out how to change my password since they changed MSN Hotmail to that new Windows Live Hotmail. How do I change my password now?
This remains an extremely common question.
Let’s walk through, step by step.
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First login to your Windows Live Hotmail account, and then click the Options link in the upper right:
And then at the bottom of the resulting list, click on More options…:
On the resulting page, click on View and edit your personal information:
At this point you may be prompted to re-enter your password. This is a security measure to prevent just anyone from walking up to your computer and changing your information.
There’s something interesting to note about the screen that you land on:
Note that it stopped talking about Hotmail. This is your Windows Live account.
Why does that matter?
Because your Windows Live account is used for all Windows Live services including Hotmail, Messenger Spaces and more. When you change your password for Windows Live Hotmail, you’re also changing it for all your Windows Live based services.
Near the center of that page you’ll see a section labeled Password reset information:
Click on Change on the Password: line and you’ll get this box:
Naturally you must type in your old password in order to prove that you are who you say you are and are authorized to make changes.
As you type your new password the new Password Strength indicator will show you just how strong your password is. Having a strong password that’s difficult to guess is incredibly important to the security of your account. Make sure you always have a strong password.
As an additional security measure you can instruct Windows Live to automatically require you to change your password every so often. While this can be seen as annoying, it’s actually another layer of security to protect your account from theft.
Click on Save and you’re done.