Changing a Hotmail Password

Updated February 21, 2017

Basic e-mail safety involves changing your password frequently. Regularly changing your password is even more crucial if you use a web-based e-mail program such as Windows Hotmail. Hackers and spammers frequently target Hotmail accounts, and changing your password can reduce your risk greatly. Learn how to change your Hotmail password.

Log Into Your Hotmail Account

Go to and log into your e-mail account. If you do not remember your old password, click on "Forgot Your Password?" below the password box.

Click on Options

Once you are logged in, you will be at the main Hotmail page. Click on a link just below your name in the upper right-hand corner for "Options." It will open a drop-down menu. Click on the "More Options" at the bottom of that menu. You will be taken to main Hotmail Options page.

Find the 'Change Password' Option

Once on the Options page, click on "View and edit your personal information." This will take you to a new page where you will have the option of changing your password. Midway down the page you will see the "Password reset information" heading. Click on the "Change" link next to your password.

Change Your Password

When you click the "Change" link you may be required to re-enter your login information. After doing so, you will be taken to the Password Change page. Enter your old password and then your new password in the allocated blanks. Make sure you use a strong password, consisting of upper-case and lower-case letters, numbers and symbols. Hotmail will rate the strength of your password for you.

Make Your Password Expire

After you have entered your new password click the button next to "Make my password expire every 72 days." This will ensure you change your password frequently for safety purposes. Click "Save" at the bottom of the screen. Congratulations, you have just changed your Hotmail password.


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Michael Scott is a freelance writer and professor of justice studies at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is a former prosecutor. Scott has a J.D. from Emory University and is a member of the Utah State Bar. He has been freelancing since June 2009, and his articles have been published on and