How to Reset your Password in Windows 10

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By Gopal Sengar Updated

If you are here, you most possibly have forgotten your Windows 10 password and are looking for solutions to access your system back again. This is in fact a very common thing to lose passwords, but to recover them is quite tricky, especially in Windows 10. However, this is mostly similar to retrieving forgotten passwords like as in other versions of Windows like 8, 7 or so. These workarounds or tricks prove to be very much helpful during such moments, when there is no other option of getting out.

Just a few tweaks to the old recovery procedure can help you recover your forgotten password in Windows 10. There are usually two effective ways of recovering the forgotten password. These are:

• By recovering Windows 10 Microsoft Account Password, or
• Reset the local user password in Windows 10.

These methods will be discussed step by step in the next section of this article. So read carefully and you’ll most possibly find the solution to recover your own forgotten password within an hour.

How to Recover/change Windows 10 Microsoft account password?

 Method1: Go Online

There is a standard solution provided by the Microsoft itself to solve this problem. You just have to go to the Microsoft’s Password Reset website to recover your Microsoft’s live account password.
Once you are there, you’ll see 3 options below Why can’t you sign in heading. Select the option I forgot my password out of the three and click Next. You’ll then be asked a few questions to verify your identity, like your Microsoft account whose password you want. (Note: This option is for Microsoft Live accounts only, means which are connected online to the Microsoft and not any local user accounts).

Once you’ve provided all the required details, click Next. The next page will ask you about the procedure through which you would like to obtain your security code.
If you’ve linked your number or any email account (other than the Microsoft’s), select the option which best suits you and click Send code to get the security code. Once you have the security code, fill it in the next page and go for the final verification. You’ll then be redirected to the password reset page, where you can set your new Microsoft account password.

Please note it down this time.

Resetting the Local User Password in Windows 10:

 Method2: The Password Reset tools at your help:

Windows 10 Password reset disk is thankfully a very effective way using which you can reset your local account password. This solution however has stayed hidden ever since.
Other password reset tools like iSunShare Windows password Genius Advanced, gained importance somehow as there was no other option of resetting the local account passwords in Windows 10. See the steps given below to reset password with this password tool:

Step1: Burn iSunshare ISO file to create a bootable Windows 10 Password reset disk.

In order to reset the password, Windows Password Genius Advanced is recommended. Install it and run on your system. Also, insert a removable device to your system to create Windows 10 password reset disk. Select the device type out of the two options, namely: USB Device and CD/DVD.

Select the burning device from the menu on the left and click Begin burning. Click OK after the password recovery disk has been burned successfully.

Step2: Boot the system from the password reset/recovery disk.

Plug in the Windows 10 password reset disk to a locked system. If you have a pre-installed Windows 10, disable Secure Boot mode and set the BIOS Boot mode to UEFI and Legacy. Otherwise (in case you’ve upgraded), press a specific hot key when the computer logo appears to enter the BIOS settings. Set the boot media to USB Drive or CD/DVD.

Step3: Reset the Password

Once the Windows Password Genius Advanced windows have launched successfully, select the running window (confirm it) and select the local user thereafter. Click Reset Password and tap Yes button.

This would blank the password for that local user in the list (you can check). This has successfully reset the user’s password to be blank. Click Reboot and eject the recovery disk from the system. The windows 10 local user password would reset until the computer restarts from the hard drive.

Method3: Using Command Prompt

Command prompt plays a very important role in almost everything. You need to remember one-liner commands for the purpose . You can easily recover password of a local user account using the command prompt.

Step1: First, boot up the Windows 10 installation into the setup by choosing CD in the boot order of your BIOS. You can also use the ISO as a startup disk if you want. After initializing the setup, press Shift+F10. This will open up a Command prompt, which will replace the Utility Manager with cmd.exe at the login screen.


move d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe

copy d:\windows\system32\cmd.exe


Step2: After the commands discussed above, type command wpeutil reboot to restart the system.

Step3: After reaching for the login screen, click the Utility Manager. This will launch the cmd.exe on your screen which you’ll be using to create a new administrative user from the login screen.

Step4: In the commands we are now going to discuss, replace username with the name you want to assign to the new account.

net user /add. Press Enter

And then,

net localgroup administrators /add. Hit Enter.

Step5: Now close the prompt and reboot the system. You’ll then be directed to a login screen where the new account (you’ve just created) will be displayed at the lower left corner of the screen. Click on this account and you’ll be taken to a fresh desktop.

Step6: Right click the Start menu and select Computer Management from the menu. Go to the Local Users and Groups option in the left pane and you’ll see the list of all the local users there.

Step7: Choose the account whose password you want to recover/reset and right click on it.

Step8: Click Set Password and Proceed. Set completely fresh credentials and that’s it. You now can access your system with the same account with the new password (you just created).

So if you have any local signup designated account, you can recover it using this method. You also can access your important files from the forgotten account from this local account simply navigating to C:\Users. You’ll find all your folders or files there.

Method 4: Seeking help from the Microsoft

If you are not finding any way to reset your Microsoft’s Live Account, even on its online support site, you can simply call Microsoft and they’ll try their best to assist you in any way.

You’ll need to answer the same verification questions like when the account was created, etc. If you have these details it’s great, if not it’s also cool. In the second case they’ll transfer your case to the other team, which will examine your condition in more detail and use their own verification techniques to help you out.

If you succeed in taking them into confidence, they’ll send you a temporary unlock code which you can login with from the login screen.

Method 5: Linking a PIN to your login account

You can link a PIN to your login account and thus you don’t need a password to actually log in. Just enter the PIN and that’s it. PINs are somewhat easier to remember and that’s why this feature is provided by Windows to facilitate its users.

Step1: Go to the Windows 10 Settings and click Sign-in options from the left pane.

Step2: In the PIN section (on the right) click Add to add the login PIN of your choice. It can be anything from your Date Of Birth to the combination of your lucky numbers.

So the next time you want to log in, simply type this PIN and that’s it, you are in.


So if you don’t have any Windows 10 password rest disk, you can use the methods discussed above. These most possibly would help you access your system with the same account whose password you don’t know. If you have your own working methods, you can share it with us to help more of the users looking for some help. Also, like and share this article if this in anyway helped you in any similar situation like losing password or anything.