1. Click on Start and then Control Panel.

2. Click on the User Accounts and Family Safety link.

3. Note: If you're viewing the Large icons or Small icons view of Control Panel, you won't see this link. Simply click on the User Accounts icon and proceed to Step 4.

4. Click on the User Accounts link.

5. In the Make changes to your user account area of the User Accounts window, click theCreate a password for your account link.

6. In the first two text boxes, enter the password you would like to start using.

7. Entering the password twice helps to make sure that you typed your new password correctly.

8. In the final text box, you're asked to Type a password hint.

9. This step is optional but I highly recommend that you use it. If you try logging in to Windows 7 but enter the wrong password, this hint will pop up, hopefully jogging your memory

10. Click the Create password button to confirm your new password.

11. You can now close the User Accounts window.

12. Now that your Windows 7 account has a password setup, you must use this password to log on to Windows 7 from this point forward.

13. Create a Windows 7 password reset disk. While not a required part of creating a new password, I highly recommend that you do this.