This guide will show you how to reset password in Windows 10. Forgetting your password can be a frustrating affair, but it doesn’t have to be the terminus of the line for your utilizer account. There are plenty of ways to reset your password in Windows 10.
The password resetting method will depend on whether your account is a local account or Microsoft account, and whether you use a password or PIN to sign in. Anyhow, you have various options at your disposal, so there’s no need to panic if you get locked out.
1. Microsoft account resettingIf you use a Microsoft account and find yourself locked out, move to Microsoft’s account recovery website and enter your email address and phone number then, click ‘Next’.
Choose how Microsoft will send you a security code, then enter the missing info and click ‘Get code’.
Once you’ve received the security code, you’ll need to enter it in the “Verify your identity” box. You’ll need to enter a new password; re-enter it to confirm, then click ‘Next’ to finalize the process.
2. Reset your account password
If it’s your local PC account password that you need to reset and you’re using Windows 10 version, select the ‘Reset password’ link on the login screen under your username.
You’ll need to answer the security question, then enter a new password. This will then be saved as your new password.
Instead, if you’re signed in, you can press Ctrl + Alt + Delete, then click ‘Change a password’. Enter the name of the account whose password you want to change, then enter a new password below.
3. Reset a PIN from the login screen
If you use a PIN to access your Windows 10 account, there’s a different way to reset it. Click ‘I forgot my PIN’ under the PIN sign-in box. Click ‘Next’ after entering the password for your Microsoft account.
Choose how you want to be sent a security code (either as an email or SMS message), then fill in the missing information to verify the account. Once you receive the code, enter it on your PC, then choose a new PIN and re-enter it to confirm. This will reset your PIN.
4. Reset a PIN in Windows 10’s settings
If you’re already signed in to your account and want to change your PIN, it’s simple! Firstly, make sure you’re connected to the internet. Now, click Start, then the Settings cog and go to ‘Accounts > Sign-in’ options.
Click ‘I forgot my PIN’, then enter your account password and click ‘OK’. You can then enter a new PIN, which can be simply numbers or include letters and symbols. When you’ve chosen one, enter it again to confirm, then click ‘OK’.
5. Use the elevated command prompt
Use an elevated command prompt to quickly reset your local account password.
Click Start and, in the Windows 10 search bar, type “cmd”. Right-click the first entry, then click ‘Run as administrator’.
Type the following phrase, replacing “account” with your account name and “password” with the new password you want to use:
net user account password
When you’re done, press ‘Enter’ and close Command Prompt.
6. Use another administrator account
This method depends on you, if you already have another Windows 10 account on your PC that’s been set up as an administrator, it means you are lucky!
Restart your PC and sign in to the administrator account, then in the Windows 10 search bar, type “Computer Management” and click the top result.
In the left-hand column, navigate to ‘Local Users & Groups > Users’, right-click the account you’ve been locked out of, then click ‘Set Password’ and enter a new password.
Note that Microsoft locks some files and information if a user’s password is reset this way. This method will only work if the account signs in locally rather than using an online Microsoft account.
7. Reset your PC
Things are a bit more serious if you need to reset your password, as local.
If you’ve forgotten your local account password, you’ll have to completely reset your PC. That means losing all your data, programs and settings!
On the login screen, hold ‘Shift’ as you press and click ‘Power > Restart’. When your PC restarts, you’ll see a “Choose an option” screen. Click ‘Troubleshoot > Reset this PC’, then click ‘Remove everything’.
8. Create a password reset disk
A password reset disk is useful if you’re on a pre-1803 version of Windows 10 will only work for local accounts.
First, plug a USB drive into your PC. In the Windows 10 search bar, type “Create a password reset disk” and click the top result.
Click ‘Next’ in the Forgotten Password wizard, choose the USB drive, then click ‘Next’ again. Type your current account password and click ‘Next’. Click ‘Finish’ when the wizard is done.
If you need to use the disk, enter it on the Windows 10 login screen, then click ‘Reset password’, then ‘Next’. On the dropdown menu, select the USB disk, click ‘Next’, then enter a new password and click ‘Finish’.