Changed Hotmail password on smartphone - will it affect Win10 login?

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    Changed Hotmail password on smartphone - will it affect Win10 login?


    I have a PC and two Laptops. On all three I have disabled the Win10 login screen so that they start without having to enter a password. I do have a Microsoft Hotmail email account the emails of which I access on my android tablet and smartphone email app. I have just changed my Hotmail password.

    Unfortunately I forgot that my PC and Laptops still have my old password. All three have sync turned on. They are all starting up okay without having to put a password in. I never use the PC and Laptops Win10 for accessing emails or Microsoft Store.

    I would be grateful for advice as to a plan of action that I should adopt to avoid signing in problems especially with sync turned on.
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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Hi crockhamtown. Welcome to the TenForums @crockhamtown

    This is the forum Tutorial on the process.

    Sign in User Account Automatically at Windows 10 Startup

    While you are bypassing the login screen are you actually using a Microsoft Account to sign in to dvices or are using using a "Local" account? The tutorial says you have to go through the process again so I assume you are using local accounts on devices. Could be wrong. .

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    In the screen grab above if you are using a MS Account an address would be present instead of the words "Local Account'.
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    "I have just changed my Hotmail password. Unfortunately I forgot that my PC and Laptops still have my old password."

    I would turn off the auto sign-in and test that the new password is what is required now. Why ? If you ever have to use safe mode which requires a sign-in with password, not PIN, you do NOT want to find out, at that point, what the correct password is and risk being locked out. Once you've confirmed what the password is on each device or set it to the same on all, you can turn the auto sign-in back on again, to bypass the logon screen.
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    mrgeek said: View Post
    "I have just changed my Hotmail password. Unfortunately I forgot that my PC and Laptops still have my old password."

    I would turn off the auto sign-in and test that the new password is what is required now. Why ? If you ever have to use safe mode which requires a sign-in with password, not PIN, you do NOT want to find out, at that point, what the correct password is and risk being locked out. Once you've confirmed what the password is on each device or set it to the same on all, you can turn the auto sign-in back on again, to bypass the logon screen.
    When you first enable auto-login, you have to enter the password for the account that you are logging into. All that auto-login does is supply the password for your account at login time. If that password changed, then auto-login will fail and revert back to the normal manual login screen.

    Auto login doesn't really change the login process. It just automatically supplies the username and password to the same login process.
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  5.    #5

    Thank you one and all for you advice.

    In answer to Caledon Ken: My details at Accounts/Your Info is:
    My Name
    My Hotmail email address
    and Administrator

    So I guess that means I have a Microsoft Account to sign in.

    In answer to MrGeek: Thanks for the safe mode warning. I shall use my spare laptop to experiment in the way you suggested.

    In answer to NavyLCDR: Thanks for the full explanation of what is going on with auto-login and the tip.

    Just a thought. What if I just turned sync off? As I said I don't access my Hotmail or Microsoft Store.
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  6. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Interesting that everyone agrees that if you change the password the login should have failed when you changed your password and if I read your post correctly it didn't. (and indeed your response indicates you use a MS Account)

    Using an MS account to log in does not depend on sync being enabled or disable. The username and password says this is who I am and I can prove it, grant me access to Windows.

    One of the benefits of using a MS account to sign in is if you forget your password to access machine, you can go online on another computer and at MS's site you can change the password.

    Still not sure why yours didn't fail.

    From Brink's tutorial I grabbed a screen shot on MS account

    Add Local Account or Microsoft Account in Windows 10

    Items that using an MS account provide

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    So far so good


    Sitrep

    Following all the advice I thought I would have a go.

    I commenced with the spare laptop. I switched off sync and turned it on. It wouldn't allow sync on passwords until I had verified. I did this and a code was sent by text to my phone. I fed this in which switched on all the sync buttons. I tried Outlook and Microsoft Store and I was able to access them both. I took MrGeek's advice and turned off auto sign-in. Upon restart I was able to use my original password which opened up windows. All fine. I think I will keep no auto log-in.

    I tried my other laptop and found that sync was on but I couldn't access Outlook until I had verified. I did this and a code was sent by text to my phone. I can now access Outlook and Microsoft Store. Again I took MrGeek's advice and turned off auto sign-in. Upon restart I was able to use my original password which opened up windows. All fine. I think I will keep no auto log-in.

    My PC is next and if I have problems I'll let you know.

    I don't think I will be using Outlook and Microsoft Store but I think it is good to know that I can.

    Many thanks to all.
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  8. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Excellent.
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