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Windows 10 Laptop Password Reset with Three Methods

Lost or forgot Windows 10 laptop password and have no password reset disk? Following three methods would show how you can do to reset Windows 10 laptop password without disk and with no damage to your laptop.

  1. Method 1: Windows 10 laptop password reset with default administrator
  2. Method 2: Windows 10 laptop password reset with Windows password tool
  3. Method 3: Windows 10 lost laptop password reset with installation CD

Even though you don't have Windows 10 password reset disk created before laptop is locked, you still could effectively reset Windows 10 laptop forgotten or lost password if you have enabled default administrator, Windows password recovery tool or Windows 10 installation CD.

Method 1: Windows 10 Laptop Password Reset with Default Administrator

Windows 10 built-in administrator is disabled by default. So when we need to use it, it should have been enabled with command and another admin account while laptop is accessible or you could enable built-in administrator when locked out.

net user administrator /active:yes

Then with enabled built-in administrator, everyone could easily reset Windows 10 laptop lost password.

Step 1: Sign in Windows 10 laptop with built-in administrator.

On Windows 10 logon screen, when you see built-in Administrator appears at the left bottom side like other local user accounts. Just select it and click Sign in button to login Windows 10 without password if you have not set.

sign in Windows 10 laptop with default administrator

Step 2: Reset Windows 10 laptop lost password with Command Prompt (Admin).

After successfully accessing Windows 10 laptop with default administrator, go to Settings> Account > Other users, and you can see all users that you can reset password for.

2-1 Press Win + X, choose Command Prompt (Admin) and click Yes to run Command Prompt.

2-2 Reset Windows 10 laptop local user forgotten password with command "net user <username> <password>".

Eg. If you want to reset password for Windows 10 user "isunshare", you can type command "net user isunshare abc" and press Enter in Command Prompt.

reset windows 10 laptop password with built-in administrator

Instantly, Command Prompt would response with message "The command completed successfully". It means that user "isunshare" password has been reset to "abc". Besides password reset, you could also do anything on Windows 10 laptop with privileges of default administrator, such as creating password reset disk, changing Windows system settings etc.

Note: So powerful default administrator it is. But generally, in order to protect Windows 10 laptop from unwilling attack, it is not recommended to keep built-in administrator enable all the time. Therefore, probably built-in administrator is disabled when your Windows 10 laptop password forgot, and if you want to reset forgotten password to unlock Windows 10 laptop, you would need to find another way.

Method 2: Windows 10 Laptop Password Reset with Windows Password Tool

Even tough built-in administrator is not enabled, don't be worried about. Windows password recovery tool could always help to reset Windows password, as long as you find the one effective for your Windows 10 laptop. What I know such effective tool is iSunshare Windows Password Genius Advanced, which could create a powerful Windows password reset disk and then reset Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP password with the disk.

Preconditions:

free download isunshare windows password genius advanced

Step 1: Create Windows password reset disk.

1-1 Plug writable USB flash drive or CD/DVD-ROM into accessible computer.

1-2 Run Windows Password Genius Advanced and click USB device or CD/DVD.

plug burning device into windows computer

1-3 Select burning device from drop-down list and click Begin burning button.

create windows 10 password reset disk for laptop

1-4 Successfully burn Windows password reset disk into USB drive or CD/DVD-ROM when you get message Burning Successfully.

Step 2: Reset Windows 10 laptop password with reset disk.

2-1 Insert password reset disk into Windows 10 laptop.

2-2 Set laptop boot from password reset disk, USB drive or CD/DVD-ROM.

2-3 Select user and click Reset Password button to remove Windows 10 lost password from locked laptop.

reset windows 10 laptop password with windows password reset tool

2-4 Tap on Reboot button and exit password recovery disk instantly from laptop to successfully restart Windows 10 laptop from hard drive. Then Windows 10 laptop password would be removed really.

reboot windows 10 after laptop password reset

Note: Undoutedly, iSunshare Windows Password Genius is a powerful Windows 10 password reset tool that can remove or reset Windows password anytime without data loss or damage for laptop.

Method 3: Windows 10 Laptop Lost Password Reset with Installation CD

If you have Windows 10 installation CD in hand, surely you can reset your Windows 10 laptop password without any password recovery tool. But you should know this method is a little difficult than above ones. If you are not ready, please think about and learn how it works at first. Otherwise, some operation error would lead to Windows system broke.

Step 1: Boot locked laptop from Windows 10 installation DVD. Make sure that your laptop setup is configured to boot from a DVD and that UEFI and Secure Boot are disabled.

Step 2: Press Shift + F10 to open a command prompt on locked laptop.

Step 3: Replace the file utilman.exe with cmd.exe. Before you do this, you should make a copy of utilman.exe so that you can restore it after Windows 10 laptop password reset. Note that you can only restore this file if you boot again from the Windows 10 DVD. (D:\ is system disk)

open command prompt on locked windows 10 laptop

Command that you can copy utilman.exe and replace utilman.exe with cmd.exe:

move d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe d:\
copy d:\windows\system32\cmd.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe

Step 4: Remove the DVD and restart your problematic Windows 10 installation.

wpeutil reboot

Step 5: On Windows 10 sign-in page, click Utility Manager icon at the bottom.

Since we have replaced the utilman.exe with cmd.exe, Command Prompt would open now instead of Utility Manager. Don’t care about pop-up error message.

click utility manager on windows 10 sign-in screen

Step 6: Reset Windows 10 local account lost password with following command.

net user <username> <password>

reset windows 10 lost laptop password with cmd

After password change completely, you have to boot from Windows 10 setup DVD again and follow step 1-2 to restore utilman.exe with command prompt.

copy d:\utilman.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe

restore utility manager exe file after windows 10 laptop password reset

Exit Windows 10 installation CD and restart laptop to finish Windows 10 laptop password reset.

In summary, with above methods, no matter enabled built-in administrator, iSunshare Windows Password Genius or Windows installation CD, you could reset Windows 10 laptop forgotten password, unless there is anything wrong in the password reset process. But which one method is better would depend on what you have and what you can.

Tips:

This article just supposes Windows 10 user you need to reset password for is local account. But probably Microsoft account is set for Windows 10 login and its password is forgotten. Then only iSunshare Windows Password Genius and online Microsoft password reset service could help to reset Windows 10 laptop password after forgot or lost.

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