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Setting a password on your Windows 10 user account is great for security, but forgetting what that password is can be a headache. If you’ve found yourself in that situation, you’ll want to read our guide below on the various ways that you can reset your password.

Depending on what type of account you have or the preventative steps you’ve taken, the method you’ll use will be different. In the past, we’ve covered how to reset Windows 8 passwords 4 Simple Ways to Reset Your Windows Admin Password 4 Simple Ways to Reset Your Windows Admin Password Locked out because you've forgotten your Windows administrator password? Follow these tips to get back in. Read More , so check out that article if you haven’t yet upgraded to Windows 10 Act NOW to Keep Your Windows 10 Upgrade Free After July 29 Act NOW to Keep Your Windows 10 Upgrade Free After July 29 Microsoft has confirmed that the free Windows 10 upgrade will expire. After July 29, a Windows 10 license will cost $119. We show you how to become eligible to install Windows 10 for free, even... Read More .

If you’ve had to reset your Windows 10 account password in the past and have found your own method, please share with us know in the comments.

1. Reset Your Password Online

In Windows 10, your user profile can either be a local and offline account How to Delete Your Microsoft Account & Create a Local Windows 10 Login How to Delete Your Microsoft Account & Create a Local Windows 10 Login When you access Windows 10 with a Microsoft Account, you can store data in the cloud and sync it across devices. Does this sound concerning? We show you how to switch to a local account. Read More or an online Microsoft account. The latter is the default and means that your account options are synced across devices, among other things. If you are using a Microsoft account The Pros and Cons of Using a Microsoft Account with Windows The Pros and Cons of Using a Microsoft Account with Windows A single Microsoft Account allows you to log into a wide range of Microsoft services and apps. We show you the pros and cons of using a Microsoft Account with Windows. Read More , you can reset your password through Microsoft’s website. Sadly, if you’re on a local account, this method isn’t for you.

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First, head to Microsoft’s password reset page. Once there, select the I’ve forgotten my password option and click Next. Follow the steps through, inputting the email address associated with your account. You’ll need to receive a verification code to prove your identity; this can be through email, but also by phone, if you’ve linked your number to your account.

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It’s a really quick and easy process, so definitely opt for this method if you’re able to. But if you’re not using a Microsoft account or are without an Internet connection on the system you’re trying to access, keep reading.

2. Use a Password Reset Disk

This method requires some foresight. If you’ve already created a password reset disk How To Unlock Your Computer After Forgetting Your Windows Login How To Unlock Your Computer After Forgetting Your Windows Login Most passwords aren’t that difficult to reset, particularly those online. There is one that can give you trouble, however – your Windows login password. If you forget this you will be locked out of your... Read More , go to the login screen and input an incorrect password. It’ll say it’s the wrong password, so click OK. Then click the Reset password link that now appears.

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The Password Reset Wizard will appear. Plug in the drive that you created your reset disk on, then click Next. Select the relevant drive from the list and click Next. Input a new password and repeat it. Click Next and Finish and the process is done.

Again, this will only work if you’ve created the password reset disk before forgetting your password. To create one for the future, do a system search for create a password reset disk and select the relevant option. Connect a drive and follow the wizard through, then store your drive in a secure location.

3. Create a New User Account

This is a slightly complicated method, but one which allows you to create a new user account in order to gain access to your system. First, you need to have a Windows 10 installation disk handy. Check out our guide on how to create installation media How To Make a Bootable USB, CD or DVD to Install Windows Using an ISO File How To Make a Bootable USB, CD or DVD to Install Windows Using an ISO File Need installation media to reinstall Windows? In this article we'll show you where to get Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 installation files and how to create a bootable USB, CD, or DVD from scratch. Read More if you need help with that.

When ready, boot into your BIOS and change the boot order to make the installation disk take priority. Each system handles BIOS entry differently; restart your computer and you should see a message that tells you what key to press. Usually it’ll be ESC or one of the Function keys. For help, see our guide on how to enter the BIOS How To Enter The BIOS On Your Computer How To Enter The BIOS On Your Computer Inside the BIOS you can change basic computer settings, like the boot order. The exact key you need to strike depends on your hardware. We have compiled a list of strategies & keys to enter... Read More .


Boot to the Windows 10 installation disk, then press Shift + F10 to launch the Command Prompt 7 Quick Tips to Improve the Windows Command Prompt 7 Quick Tips to Improve the Windows Command Prompt You should learn more about the Command Prompt. It's a more valuable resource than most people realize. These tips will improve your command line experience, even if you're a seasoned user. Read More . On the Windows 10 login screen you can enter the Ease of Access utility, but we’re going to change this button’s purpose. As such, input the following two lines into the Command Prompt in turn:

move c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe

Now restart your machine and boot back to the login screen. Once here, click the Ease of access button in the lower-right corner of the screen. This will then open the Command Prompt. Then input the following two lines in turn, replacing username with your desired account name:

net user username /add
net localgroup administrators username /add

Restart your computer and you’ll then be able to select your new user account from the login screen. Once logged in, you can then use File Explorer to access all the files within your old account.

However, if you still want to reset the password on that account, press Windows key + R to launch Run, input lusrmgr.msc and click OK. Now right click the old account, click Set Password… and then follow the prompts to change the password.

Remember Your Password

The best security advice is to use different passwords for everything, but it’s understandable that it isn’t easy to remember them all which is why password managers like LastPass FREE GUIDE: Simplifying and Securing Your Life with LastPass and Xmarks FREE GUIDE: Simplifying and Securing Your Life with LastPass and Xmarks While the cloud means you can easily access your important information wherever you are, it also means that you have a lot of passwords to keep track of. That's why LastPass was created. Read More are popular.

With Windows 10, you don’t necessarily have to use a standard password to log into your account. Press Windows key + I and then navigate to Accounts > Sign-in options. Here you will find the ability to use a numerical pin or photo/gesture combination to sign in with.

Have you ever forgotten the password to your Windows account? How did you regain access to your system?

  1. menisopeterly
    July 29, 2016 at 8:10 am

    You can reset windows 10 administrator password on command prompt with an available admin account to enter safe mode first. If you have another Windows 10 admin account, try these steps below:

    Step 1: Press F8 when your Windows 10 PC is booting. You will come to the Advanced Boot Options. Then choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt and press Enter.

    Step 2: Enter safe mode with an available admin account.

    Step 3: Type "net user" and press Enter. The command prompt will show you all accounts on the Windows Vista PC.

    Step 4: Type "net user Paul 123" (Paul is the locked admin account's name and 123 is the new password) and press Enter. Now you have successfully created a new password on the locked admin account.

    Step 5: Type "shutdown -r -t 00" and press Enter.

    Your Windows Vista PC should be rebooted automatically and then you can logon Windows Vista with the new password.

    If you have only one admin account and you lost its password, I think you have to use some third party windows password recovery software. Windows Login Recovery is easy-to-use shareware to reset forgotten Windows password, including administrator password and other standard users' passwords. this software can 100% reset the forgotten password in few minutes. All you need to do is just three steps:

    Step 1: Download Windows Login Recovery

    Step 2: Burn a Windows password reset disk with the shareware

    Step 3: Reset the forgotten Windows Vista admin password with the disk.

    These two solutions are helpful for you to resolve the Vista admin password lost problem. Just to try.

    If she doesn't have another computer to use to download anything, I think you could help her to download.

  2. Garyle
    June 25, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Thanks for sharing! You can also use the well-known third-party software like PCUnlocker or Ophcrack.

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