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How can I change Windows 10 password without knowing current or old password?

While administrator is available in Windows 10, it would be easy to change Windows 10 password with help of administrator. But if you forgot or don't know any Windows 10 password, ho can you change Windows 10 password?

As we know, Windows 10 has two kinds of user account, local account and Microsoft account. Both of them could be used on computer but they are totally different. And generally we talk about them separately no matter what we want to do on them. But it doesn't mean we need to deal with Windows 10 local account password separating from Microsoft account password all the time. Just like the 3 ways listed here, they will help to change Windows 10/8 password for them together or separately when you don't know.

  1. Way 1: Change administrator password in Windows 10 with command prompt
  2. Way 2: Change Microsoft account password in Windows 10 on Microsoft website
  3. Way 3: Change Windows 10 password with Windows 10 Password Genius

 

Way 1: Change administrator password in Windows 10 with command prompt

In order to change administrator password with command prompt when no access to Windows 10, there has one problem we need to solve. That is how to run command prompt without windows 10 login.

Step 1: Run command prompt without logging into Windows 10

1. Prepare Windows 10 installation disk, sometimes called setup disk or recovery disk.

Note: 3 Options to create Windows 10 recovery disk

2. Plug it into locked Windows 10 computer and boot computer from it.

3. While you see Windows setup window, ignore it and press Shift + F10 to open Command Prompt on the top of the window.

run command prompt without windows 10 login

4. Change the location of cmd.exe and utilman.exe with following command. (d:\ is system drive)

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

5. Reboot Windows 10 with command "wpeboot" and exit installation disk instantly.

6. While you go to Windows 10 login screen, now Command Prompt can be run instead of utility manager if you click its icon at the right-bottom side.

Step 2: Change Windows 10 administrator password with command prompt

Type command "net user <username> <newpassword>" and press Enter in Command Prompt window. Then Windows 10 administrator password would be changed.

change windows 10 administrator password with command prompt

More details, please refer to article about resetting Windows 10 local admin password using command prompt.

Way 2: Change Microsoft account password in Windows 10 on Microsoft website

If you have used Windows 10/8 for a period of time, I think you should have been experienced with this method about how to change Microsoft account password online.

1. Find an accessible computer that can search Internet and go to https://account.live.com/password/reset.

2. Select the first option "I forgot my password" and click Next button.

choose the reason to change Microsoft account password

3. Confirm your Microsoft account and select a valid way (email or phone) to get a security code.

get security code via email or phone

4. Receive security code and reset Microsoft account password with it.

change windows 10 microsoft account password without knowing it

Actually, besides above ways, you could get another easy way to reset Microsoft account password and change administrator password for Windows 8/10.

Way 3: Change Windows 10 Password with Windows 10 Password Genius

While you need a way to just change Windows 10 password for both locked local account and Microsoft account at the same time, iSunshare Windows 10 Password Genius is the best choice.

Step 1: Create a bootable USB drive with Windows 10 Password Genius.

1. Get iSunshare Windows 10 Password Genius to run on an accessible computer.

2. Insert the writable USB drive into computer and select it as burning media on iSunshare Windows 10 Password Genius.

create a bootable usb drive with isunshare software

3. Click on Begin burning to format USB drive and then burn iSunshare program file into USB flash drive. Lastly you would get a bootable USB drive that can remove local/Microsoft account password and add new account for Win 10..

Step 2: Change Windows 10 unknown password with bootable USB drive.

1. Connect bootable USB drive to locked Windows 10 computer and boot computer from it.

2. On iSunshare Windows 10 Password Genius, confirm Windows system, select administrator or Microsoft account on user list, and tap on Reset Password button.

3. Click "Yes" to remove Windows 10 administrator password or change Windows 10 Microsoft account password to blank.

successfully change windows 10 password without knowing old password

4. At last, in order to make Windows 10 password change effective, now tap on Reboot and then Yes button. And instantly exit USB drive to wait for Windows 10 boot from hard drive. After that on Windows 10 login screen, you would be able to sign in Windows 10 without password.

 

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