Changing your Network password on a PC

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Passwords are used along with your user login in order to access several different systems both inside and outside of the district.  Most users currently have three different passwords they use on a regular basis:  their Network password; their Google password; and their Aeries password (if they use Aeries).  While the Google and Aeries passwords are specific to those applications, the Network password actually integrates with several different systems in the district and synchronizes across those in the background.  Primarily the Network password is used to log in to PC’s and connect to the admin wireless network (MUSDWireless).  In order to keep our systems secure, the Network password expires every 180 days.  The Google and Aeries passwords do not expire.  In addition, the Network password must be unique - that is, it cannot be changed to a password that has been used before.  The only requirements for the Network and Google passwords is that they are at least 8 characters long.  There is no requirement for special characters, uppercase letters, or numbers, although Technology Services highly recommends that you use these in your passwords to make them more secure.

 

In an effort to make password resets and changes easier for all district staff, we have implemented a web based password change system. More information and instructions on the web based password change system can be found here.

 

If you are a user with a desktop or laptop PC, you will typically receive a password expiration warning several days before your password expires.  It is recommended that you change your password as soon as you get this warning.  If you do not change your password before it expires, the only way to reset it is to call Technology Services to have your password reset.  You do not have to wait to until you get the warning to change your password - you may change your password at any time following these instructions.

 

If your password is about to expire, you may get a warning like this:

Windows XP password expiration warning Windows 7 password expiration warning
 
On Windows XP systems, enter a new password in both the “New Password” and “Re-enter Password” fields.  On Windows 7 systems, enter your old password in the “Old Password” field and then enter your new password in both the “New Password” and “Confirm Password” fields.

Remember that your password must be unique (never used before) and at least 8 characters long.

If the new password is accepted, you will be returned to your desktop with no errors.  If an error message is displayed, follow the suggestions and make sure your password meets the district requirements.

 

If you want to change your password at any other time (without the warning), log in to your PC and once the desktop has loaded, press Ctrl+Alt+Del keys at the same time.

Windows XP security screen Windows 7 security screen
 
On the security screen, select “Change Password” or “Change a password” depending on your system.
 
Windows XP change password Windows 7 change password
 
Enter your old password in the “Old Password” field and then enter your new password in both the “New Password” and “Confirm Password” fields.

Remember that your password must be unique (never used before) and at least 8 characters long.

Users can only change passwords once every 24 hours.

If the new password is accepted, you will be returned to your desktop with no errors.  If an error message is displayed, follow the suggestions and make sure your password meets the district requirements.

 

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