Change Windows Password

The Windows password is valid for 180 days. Before it expires, until the expiration date, a daily email will be sent with an appropriate warning. Information for password length, complexity, and other safety information are summarized on this page. As long, as it is still valid, the password can be changed via:

After expiration, the password can only be changed in Windows itself and thus only within GSI.

How can I change the Windows Passwort in Windows 7/10?

After login please use the shortcut: 

Strg + Alt + Entf 

The following screen appears:

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Windows 7 changing the password: "Changing password"
Screenshot: After shortcut Strg + Alt + Entf
Source: Kerstin Schiebel, IT-Abteilung, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung

Now you can change your password or from another user. The username of the current user is automatically entered:

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Source: Kerstin Schiebel, IT-Abteilung, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung

If the password does not correspond the guidelines, the following note pops up:

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Windows7 Changing password: Error message if your password is not secure
Screenshot: Error message
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Changing the password over a Citrix session (Citrix Receiver)

After starting a Citrix session, your screen will probably look like this:

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Changing the Windows password in a Citirx session: Screen after the login on a Terminal server
Screenshot: Start the Citrix session
Source: Kerstin Schiebel, IT-Abteilung, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung

Choose Start - Windows Security

After that you'll have to enter your old and your new password:

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Changing the Windows password in a Citrix session: Start the Windows security options
Changing the Windows password in a Citrix session: Change the password
Screenshot: Click the button 'Change a password' in the Windows security options
Screenshot: Give your user name, the old and the new password
Source: Kerstin Schiebel, IT-Abteilung, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Source: Kerstin Schiebel, IT-Abteilung, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung

How can I change the Windows Password in Outlook Web Access (OWA)?

You must first be logged into Outlook Web Access (OWA) to change your Windows password.

You will find this function in different places, depending on the mail server on which your mailbox is located (in the transition period):

Exchange 2010: Options - Change Password

Exchange 2016: Settings - Options - General - My Account - Change Your Password

With the conversion to Exchange Server 2016, there is unfortunately no possibility to change the password directly on the OWA login page.

How can I change the old saved password in Outlook?

If you have saved the old Windows password in Outlook, the first Outlook start will fail after changing the Windows password.

Start the Mail-Setup program via Start → Control Panel → E-Mail (Mail). Then perform the following steps:

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Change the old password in Outlook2010: Window "Mail Setup"
Change the old password in Outlook2010: Window "Account Settings"
Change the old password in Outlook2010: Window "Change Account"
Change the old password in Outlook2010: Window "Security Panel"
Screenshot: Use the button "E-Mail-Accounts"
Screenshot: Choose your mailbox and the "Change" button
Screenshot: Please click on the button "More Settings ..."
Screenshot: Activate the option "Always prompt for the logon credentials" on the security panel
Source: Kerstin Schiebel, IT-Abteilung, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Source: Kerstin Schiebel, IT-Abteilung, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Source: Kerstin Schiebel, IT-Abteilung, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung
Source: Kerstin Schiebel, IT-Abteilung, GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung

Now enter your new password. Here you have the possibility to put a check mark, so that the password will be saved and you will not have to enter it again.

Finally you should deactivate the Option "Always prompt for logon credentials".

If you have any further questions or remarks, please contact accounts-service.