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How to Reset Windows 8 Microsoft Account Password

Forgot Windows 8/8.1 Microsoft account password? Is Microsoft account the login user for your Windows 8 computer? If it is, reset Microsoft account password Windows 8 will be necessary and important. Otherwise, you will be locked out of Windows 8 computer. Fortunately, there are two effective ways now for resetting Windows 8/8.1 Microsoft account forgotten password easily. And they also work for Microsoft account password reset in newest Windows 10.

  1. Way 1: Online Microsoft account password reset service
  2. Way 2: Third-party Microsoft account password reset tool

Way 1: Reset forgotten Microsoft account password on Microsoft account password reset online page

This way to reset Microsoft account password online is free but would take several minutes, and require Internet.

When microsoft account password forgot, open Microsoft account password reset page, choose "I forgot my password" and click Next to reset forgotten microsoft account password for Windows 8.

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Step 1: Confirm what email address you are using for Microsoft account. And you want to reset password for Microsoft account.

Step 2: Type your email address in Microsoft account box. Then enter serials of characters for security. Click Next.

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Step 3: On the next screen, it’s time to choose a way to get security code.

If you have connected your Microsoft account to your phone, you would see there is an option "Send a code to my phone". If not, choose either Email account or "I don’t have any of these". For example, check "Email account" enter email account again. Then click Send code.

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If the email account you enter matches the email address on your account, you will receive an email with a code from Microsoft.

Step 4: Check your email and enter security code. Click Next.

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Step 5: In the New Password field, and again in the Reenter password field, enter the new password you would like to use for your Microsoft account. Click Next and wait for it become useful.

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Step 6: Sign in on the next page or sign in Windows 8 with your newly reset password.

sign in windows 8 with microsoft account and reset password

If you have reset Microsoft account password, surely you can login Windows 8 computer now with it and its new password when computer is connected to Internet. However, if there is no internet connection when your Windows 8 microsoft account password forgot or lost, the above way provided by Microsoft would not help you. You could only find another way that can work on local computer without Internet connection, such as third-party password recovery tool.

Way 2: Reset Microsoft account password with password reset tool

When you forgot Microsoft account password, and there is no Internet, Windows Password Genius Advanced will be an effective password recovery tool for Microsoft account password reset. Besides, your Windows local user and admin password can be reset with it.

Step 1: Prepare Windows Password Genius advanced, accessible computer and bootable USB flash drive or CD/DVD-ROM. (Only Windows Password Genius Advanced edition can reset Microsoft account password)

Step 2: Insert prepared USB flash drive or CD/DVD-ROM into computer. When Windows Password Genius Advanced detects plugged device, choose USB device or CD/DVD as media type to create password reset disk.

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Step 3: Browse and select inserted device in the drop-down list. Then click "Begin burning" button. When it is burned successfully, click OK and exit the removal device from accessible computer.

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Step 4: Plug USB drive (CD/DVD-ROM) into locked Windows 8 computer, and set computer boot from it.

Step 5: Windows 8 computer will boot from password reset disk saved in plugged device. And Windows password reset program runs on locked Windows 8 computer.

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You can see all Windows 8 user accounts, including Microsoft account and local users listed in the program.

Step 6: Select Microsoft account, and click Reset Password button to set a new password for it.

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Step 7: Reboot computer and login Windows 8 with Microsoft account new password "iSunshare@2012".

Before successfully reboot, please remember to eject password reset disk. Otherwise, password reset procedure will run again for you to reset Windows 8 password.

reboot windows 8 with microsoft account after password reset

Of course, you can reset forgotten local admin password for Windows 8 in above steps just like Microsoft account password reset. Then you could access computer with Microsoft account, and switch the login account.


The name "Microsoft account" is used when we sign in Windows 8/10 computer, or access Windows 8/10 features, such as Skydrive and App Store. But it is also called Windows Live ID, when we take it to login most Microsoft websites or services, such as Hotmail, Xbox Live, Skydrive and Messenger and Zune etc. Actually they are composed with the same email address and login password. So once Microsoft account password is reset or changed in one service, all of the services should use the new password to login with the email address.


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