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I cannot remember my password to my laptop Windows 10, how can I sign in it successfully?

The common question is met usually but still disturbs us, especially when we have not created reset disk for Windows 10 forgotten password reset. But does it mean we cannot sign in Windows 10 after forgot administrator and Microsoft account password? Surely it doesn’t. Let’s see the ways that we can use to sign in Windows 10 after password forgot.

  1. Option 1: PIN code or Picture Password
  2. Option 2: Microsoft account and new password
  3. Option 3: Administrator without password

windows 10 cannot remember password

Option 1: Sign in Windows 10 with PIN/Picture Password

sign in Windows 10 with PIN or Picture password

When Windows 10 computer is accessible, sign-in options (password, PIN and Picture password) can be easily created in Start > Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options for local user.

So now if you just forgot password for Windows 10 administrator login, PIN and Picture Password can be used to sign in computer instead of forgotten password.

Click Sign-in options under password input box on login screen, and select PIN or Picture password. Then enter a four digital code or draw three gestures on pop-up picture. It would work nothing different from when you sign in Windows 10 with local user password.

Note: How to Add Sign-in Options on Windows 10

Option 2: Access Windows 10 with Microsoft Account New Password

If you can see Microsoft account (an account with email address) on login screen, now you have a free chance to reset a new password for it on another computer. And then access Windows 10 with Microsoft account and its new password.

1. Go to Microsoft account password reset page on another computer.


2. Select the reason and enter the Microsoft account you need to reset password.

select reason to reset Microsoft account password

3. Verify Microsoft account with email or phone.

verify windows 10 microsoft account

4. Enter a new password twice to reset it for Microsoft account.

reset new password for microsoft account

5. Select Microsoft account on locked Windows 10 login screen, and enter new password to access computer.

More about Microsoft account password reset, please see how to reset Microsoft account password for Windows 8/10.

The above two options are really worth trying. But you don’t need to worry even there are no other sign-in options for administrator, and no Microsoft account appearing on login screen.


Option 3: Sign in Windows 10 without Password

If you see an account called Administrator on login screen, please choose it and check whether it asks for password, because it is created disabled by default in Windows 10 system installation without password.

sign in windows 10 with built-in administrator

If it doesn't exist or it requires password but you don’t know, please get Windows Password Genius to remove admin password from Windows 10. So that you could login Windows 10 computer without password.

Step 1: Run Windows Password Genius Advanced on another computer.

Windows Password Genius provides four versions, and Advanced version supports all Windows system password reset and remove for user accounts. So now we select it.

Step 2: Get a bootable USB drive to burn Windows Password Genius Advanced.

USB flash drive is usually used to burn Windows system. Now we could also take it to burn our Windows password recovery program. Then the program can be booted successfully from locked computer just like installation media.

burn password recovery program into usb

Step 3: Boot Windows 10 from USB recovery disc and remove Windows 10 password.

1. Plug USB recovery disc into your Windows 10 computer.

2. Start Windows 10 computer from USB flash drive.

3. Windows Password Genius Advanced successfully runs on Windows 10 and lists all user accounts.

run password recovery program in windows 10

4. Select an administrator in user list and click on Reset Password button.

5. Click on "Yes" and confirm Windows 10 password remove for login.

remove windows 10 admin password

Now it is time to tap on "Reboot" button and remove USB recovery disc, in order to restart Windows 10 from hard drive and go to login screen. Select the local user there and you just need to click on "Sign in" button or not to log into Windows 10 without password.

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