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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 easily reset Windows 10 Microsoft account password for free. And what you need is just an accessible computer you can surf the Internet.

The procedure of Windows 10 Microsoft account password reset online is the same to Windows 8/8.1. So please see How to reset Windows 8 Microsoft account password online.

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

Besides, third-party software Windows 10 Password Genius has been created specially for local and Microsoft account password reset on Windows 10 computer. The guide will tell you how to do it with no Internet access.

How to reset Windows 10 Microsoft account password with Windows 10 Password Genius

Part 2: Reset Windows 10 Forgotten Password for Local Account

In order to reset Windows 10 local account password, maybe you have found the common password reset disk. But instantly you will see it should be created before computer is locked. See this video if you want to learn more about Windows 10 password reset disk.

In this part, we will share only two methods that everyone could use to reset Windows 10 local account password. One is the powerful Windows 10 password recovery tool, the other is Windows 10 installation disc. All of them can be prepared after Windows 10 password forgot.

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, and then you can boot locked Windows 10 computer from bootable USB or CD. At last, you can reset Windows 10 forgotten password for local and Microsoft account on Windows 10 computer.

Now let's see how this iSunshare program reset Windows 10 forgotten password.

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

1. In order to reset Windows 10 password successfully, Windows 10 Password Genius full version is recommemded to install and run on an accessible computer.

prepare windows 10 password reset tool

2. Besides iSunshare password tool, removal device is also required, such as writable USB flash drive or CD-ROM..

create windows 10 password reset disk

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

1. Plug bootable USB (or CD) you made into locked Windows 10 computer.

2. Start computer and when you see vendor logo, press the boot option key.

3. Until Boot Menu appears, highlight the USB drive you plugged and press Enter to boot computer from it.

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 Windows 10 Password Genius program runs successfully on locked computer, confirm Windows 10 system and select local user in user list you want to reset password. Then click Reset Password and tap on Yes button.

boot windows 10 from password reset disk

reset windows 10 user password

2. Windows 10 local user password become blank instantly in user list. It means you have successfully reset local user password. Now tap on Reboot button and eject USB or CD from Windows 10 computer in time. Until computer restarts from hard drive, you would really finish Windows 10 local account password reset successfully on locked computer.

windows 10 password reset successfully

Note:

In the process of Windows 10 local account password reset, Microsoft account also can be chosen and reset password. Besides, new administrator account can be created if you need when cannot sign in Windows 10. This is the biggest difference between Windows 10 Password Genius and other Windows 10 password recovery methods.

 

Method 2: Reset Windows 10 forgotten password for local account with command prompt

With Windows 10 installation CD in hand, you will be able to reset Windows 10 forgotten password for local account with command prompt even locked out of computer. With help of installation CD, you can change the location of Command Prompt and Utility Manager, and mainly replace utilman.exe with cmd.exe. So that when you reboot computer, command prompt can be run instead of utility manager even on Windows 10 login screen.

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 keys.

3. Make a copy of utiliman.exe and replace utilman.exe with cmd.exe in Command Prompt window.

replace utilman exe with cmd exe

4. Remove Windows 10 installation CD and restart Windows 10.

restart problematic windows 10

5. Once go back to Windows 10 login screen, click the Utility Manager icon at the left bottom side. And Command Prompt runs instead on login screen.

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

Type follow commands in Command Prompt window to reset Windows 10 forgotten local account password.

reset windows 10 password with command

Or you can type create a new local account and add it to Windows 10 local administrator group.

create new windows 10 administrator

At last, it is necessary to reboot Windows 10 computer again from installation CD and restore utiliman.exe, if you want to run it normally on login screen then.

Summary:

So how is your forgotten Windows 10 password? Has it been reset successfully with the help of Microsoft, installation CD or Windows 10 Password Genius? Believe always one could help you in need.

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