Changing Your Password – Made Easy

Most of you are familiar with the cumbersome method of logging into VIP to change your passwords. Well, there is a much simpler and quicker way of performing this task by using the CTL-ALT-DEL key combination.

Windows 7 Users: 4 quick steps are as follows:

Windows 7 CTRL-ALT-DEL1. After you have logged into your computer with the account that you want to change, press the Ctrl-Alt-Del. The security menu below will display on your desktop.

 

 

Windows 7 Change Password2. From the security menu, select “Change a password“. This will bring up the following screen.

 

 

 

 

 

Windows 7 New Password Dialog3. Type in your old or current password for security purposes, and then enter your new password where indicated. Type in the new password again in the space provided for “Confirm New Password” and select “OK“. Once you have entered the information click on the Enter arrow located to the right.

 

 

 

 

Windows 7 Change Confirmation4. If you are successful you will receive confirmation shown below. Press “OK” to exit.

 

 

 

 

 


Windows XP Users: The procedures are very much like those for Windows7 with the exception of the security menu graphics. Perform the following to change your password within Windows XP:

xp-ctrl-alt-del1. After you have logged into your computer with the account that you want to change, press the Ctrl-Alt-Del.  The security menu below will display on your desktop.

 

 

 

 

 

xp-change_password2. From the menu below, select “Change Password” as shown below.

 

 

 

 

 

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3. Type in your old or current password for security purposes, and then enter your new password where indicated. Type in the new password again in the space provided for “Confirm New Password” and select “OK”.

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4. The confirmation that your password had been changed will appear as shown below. Click OK and then Click “Cancel” to return to your desktop.

 

 

 


Things to Keep in Mind:

  1. It is always best to restart your computer after you change your password.
  2. Be mindful of any device or application that may have your old password imbedded such as with a cell phone, or Microsoft Outlook for E-mail.

USC Password Requirements:

Must be at least eight characters, cannot contain your user id, and must meet at least three of the following:

  • One or more lowercase alphabetic characters (a-z)
  • One or more uppercase alphabetic characters (A-Z)
  • One or more numeric characters (0-9)
  • One or more special characters (!@#$%^&*-+= etc)

Listed below are two other great features that I constantly use with the Ctrl-Alt-Del function keys:

  1. The “Lock Computer” feature. When leaving your office for an extended period of time (lunch, rest room, meetings, press Ctrl-Alt-Del, and then just select “Lock Computer”.
  2. The “Shut Down” feature – GREAT for when your computer locks up and you can’t shut it down from the desktop. Press Ctrl-Alt-Del and just select “Shutdown”.

Hopefully, you will find this tool to be helpful. As always, if you have any questions concerning the Ctrl-Alt-Del function keys, please notify the IT department at lawhelp@law.sc.edu.

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