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How to Reset Windows 10 Password If Forgot It

If forgot Windows 10 password and locked out of computer, how can you reset Windows 10 forgotten password to access computer again? Here we will talk it in two parts according to the two kinds of account types in Windows 10, local account and Microsoft account. Whoever you are, as long as you are using Windows 10 PC/laptop/tablet, always one method provided here will help you on Windows 10 password reset.

  1. Part 1: Reset Windows 10 forgotten password for Microsoft account
  2. Part 2: Reset Windows 10 forgotten password for local account

Note: The ways talked below also work for Windows 8/8.1 password reset for local/Microsoft account.

Part 1: Reset/Change Windows 10 Password for Microsoft Account

In Windows 10 computer, you would find Microsoft account works the same as local account. So if you can reset Windows 10 Microsoft account forgotten password, get access to Windows 10 would be not a problem. And generally, there are two options for Windows 10/8/8.1 Microsoft account password reset.

Option 1: Reset Windows 10 Microsoft Account Password with Help of Microsoft

The Microsoft account is not just the Windows 10 login user, but also is a user account to login lots of Microsoft service or products. So don't worry while you suddenly forgot Windows 10 Microsoft account password. With help of Microsoft, you will be able to reset Windows 10 Microsoft account password for free. And what you need is just an accessible computer you can surf the Internet. https://account.live.com/password/reset

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The procedure of Windows 10 Microsoft account password reset online is the same to Windows 8/8.1 Microsoft account password reset. Follow it to reset Windows 10 Microsoft account password step by step if you need.

Option 2: Reset Windows 10 Microsoft Account Password with Windows 10 Password Genius

Besides, the third-party utility iSunshare Windows 10 Password Genius also has been created for local and Microsoft account password reset on Windows 10 computer. Reset your Microsoft account password with it on Windows 10 just like resetting Windows 10 local account password with Windows 10 Password Genius.

Part 2: Reset Windows 10 Forgotten Password for Local Account

In order to effectively reset Windows 10 local account password, maybe you have found the common disk, Windows 10 password reset disk which you can create before computer is locked. It works fast, but compared to the password reset disk, two other effective methods would be more advisable, because you can reset forgotten password for any Windows 10 local account at any moment with them.

Method 1: Reset Windows 10 forgotten password with password tool

The Windows 10 password recovery tool we will use is the powerful iSunshare Windows 10 Password Genius. It can be burned into a bootable USB or CD on an accessible computer. Then when you boot your locked Windows 10 computer from bootable USB or CD, all of Windows 10 user account password will be reset on locked computer.

Now let's see how it helps you to reset Windows 10 forgotten password.

Step 1: Burn iSunshare program ISO image file to make a bootable USB.

In order to reset Windows 10 password successfully, Windows 10 Password Genius full version is recommended to install and run on an accessible computer. Besides iSunshare password tool, removal device is also required, such as writable USB flash drive or CD-ROM.

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Step 2: Boot Windows 10 computer from USB or CD.

If it is a cd recovery disk, please refer to set computer boot from CD drive.

Step 3: Reset Windows 10 forgotten password for local account (or Microsoft account).

1. When iSunshare Windows 10 Password Genius runs successfully on your locked Windows 10 computer, confirm the Windows system "Windows 10" and user account you want to reset password.

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2. Select the local account (or Microsoft account) from user list, tap on Reset Password and Yes button. Instantly Windows 10 local account password will be reset to blank.

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3. Tap on Reboot button and eject USB or CD from Windows 10 computer in time. Until computer restarts from hard drive, Windows 10 local account password reset is really reset successfully on locked computer.

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Note:

Choose Microsoft account instead of local account in above process, and Windows 10 Microsoft account password would be reset. Morever, it is also allowed to create new administrator account when cannot sign in Windows 10 with help of iSunshare Windows 10 Password Genius. This is the biggest difference between iSunshare tool and other Windows 10 password recovery methods. It has provided almost all the ways to sign in locked Windows 10 computer without password.

 

Method 2: Reset Windows 10 local account password with installation CD

Besides reinstalling Windows 10 or restoring Windows 10 to factory settings, Windows 10 install CD also helps you to reset Windows 10 local account password by chaging system registy file with command lines. Compared to user-friendly iSunshare Windows 10 password recovery tool, it seems more difficult and only works for local account, but still worth a try.

Step 1: Run command prompt on locked Windows 10 login screen.

1. Boot locked Windows 10 computer from Windows 10 install CD.
2. Open Command Prompt with Shift + F10 combination keys.
3. Type following command lines to make a copy of utiliman.exe, and replace utilman.exe with cmd.exe.

replace utilman exe with cmd exe

Then remove Windows 10 installation CD from computer and restart Windows 10 with command "wpeutil reboot". Once go to Windows 10 login screen, click the icon Utility Manager at the right-bottom side and Command Prompt will run instead on login screen.

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Step 2: Reset Windows 10 local account forgotten password with command prompt.

Just type following commands in Command Prompt window to reset Windows 10 forgotten local account password. For example, type "net user isunshare abc" and press Enter.

reset windows 10 password with command

At last, it is necessary to reboot Windows 10 computer again from installation CD and restore utiliman.exe, if you want to run Utility Manager normally on login screen after that. Learn more details in article Reset Windows 10 Local Admin Password Using Command Prompt.

Summary:

In general, iSunshare Windows 10 Password Genius is the best choice while you are locked out of Windows 10 computer and have no password reset disk. Works faster and more easily than Windows 10 installation disc.

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