If you see a Novell logo like the one below when your Windows XP computer starts up, you're using Novell services to login to your network. You can easily change your Novell Password on your own without having to contact your help-desk or network administrator.

Novell LoginNovell Client Login Dialog

How to Change Your Novell eDirectory Password

You can easily change your Novell eDirectory Password on your own without having to contact your help-desk or network administrator. Refer to the visual step-by-step below for complete details.

STEP A) Novell Security Dialog

Assuming you are logged into your workstation and your desktop is visible and active:

  1. Press CTRL-ALT-DEL. This will bring up a "Novell Security" Dialog as shown below.
  2. Click "Change Password"
    Novell Security Dialog

Step B) Change Password Dialog

  1. You will be presented with a "Change Password" Dialog as shown below.
  2. Complete the form by entering your old password, new password, and hit "OK"

ChangePassword Dialog


Click on the image below for a detailed visual of the Password Change dialog.

Password Change Dialog copy

Problems With Password Resets

It's possible that you might receive an error when trying to reset your password.  If you receive an error, your old / existing password should remain in tact.

The following are possible reasons why a password change may fail:

  • PROBLEM: Password does not meet the minimum requirements as mandated by corporate policy.
    SOLUTION: Ensure that the new password meets the complexity requirements as defined in the "Password Policy" button.
  • PROBLEM: You incorrectly entered your old password:
    SOLUTION: Confirm and re-enter your old password and try again.
  • PROBLEM: New Password Doesn't Match
    SOLUTION: You must enter your new password twice. Ensure that it is typed correctly both times.


Once you have successfully reset your password and received a confirmation that it was successful, you can go about your normal activities. Next time you login to the network or other resource that uses this password, you'll use the new password as your old one is no longer valid.