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Windows 10 Laptop Password Reset without Disk

Forgot Windows 10 laptop password and have no Windows 10 password reset disk? Following three methods would show you how to reset Windows 10 laptop password without disk easily without damage.

  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

So even though no password reset disk is not created before Windows 10 laptop is locked, you will have chance to 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. But it can be enabled while computer is accessible.

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 or change Windows 10 laptop lost password.

Once you get the admin rights to Windows 10 laptop, please follow the methods talked in how to change Windows 10 password with default administrator. They will guide you how to reset Windows 10 laptop password with command prompt, computer management or control panel.

Example: 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 though built-in administrator is disabled, don't be worried about you cannot reset Windows 10 laptop password. Windows password recovery tool could always help you instead, as long as you find such an effective tool for your Windows 10 laptop. What I have found is iSunshare Windows 10 Password Genius, which could create a powerful Windows password reset disk to remove local and Microsoft account password and add new account.

Preconditions:

Step 1: Create a Windows 10 password reset disk.

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

1-2 Run Windows 10 Password Genius 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 in order 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: As you see, iSunshare Windows 10 Password Genius is such a powerful Windows 10 password recovery tool that can remove or reset Windows password anytime without data loss and damage.

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 breakdown.

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 laptop local user 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.

Tips:

In article above, we just focus on how to reset forgotten password without disk after local user forgot password on Windows 10 laptop. While Microsoft account password forgot, it would doesn't matter whether you have password reset disk or not, because iSunshare 10 Windows Password Genius and online Microsoft password reset service could reset Windows 10 laptop password after forgot or lost.

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