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I'm unable to change my (admin) password in Windows 8 or to disable password login altogether.

Here's what I tried so far:

  • Go to the PC-Settings>User in the Metro UI. If I try to change the password there I get an error message: Something went wrong, please log out and back in. Doing so does not help, I get the same message again. And toggling whether to use a password for login does nothing as well

  • In the control panel>login information my account is listed under generic login. Editing the password here does nothing.

  • Disabling the password via Win+r 'netplwiz' does nothing.

Note that the password I create during the Windows 8 installation still works for logging in.

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

Have you tried it via the command line? Open an elevated command prompt and type:

net user your_username new_password
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Open a command prompt, type in control userpasswords2 and press Enter.

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Dutch, a good answer needs more detail. Try to tell the questioner what they're doing wrong, why they should do it your way, etc. – Isaac Rabinovitch Dec 31 '12 at 4:24

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