The below method is to reset a Windows 10 password but it also depends on the account type or login type you have on your computer or laptop. A Microsoft Login account for your pc or laptop requires a different procedure than a local account requires. And the resetting password method for both types of logins are different.
You have most probably come here because you re searching for one of these
I forgot my windows 10 password
How to recover my windows 10 administrator password
Lost my windows 10 laptop password
Reset Windows 10 password
Do not worry, we will show you ways to recover your windows 10 password and this method can also be used in windows 8.1, windows 7 and other recent Microsoft Operating system windows versions
Forgotten Microsoft Email or account password for pC /laptop
If you use your Microsoft email login/password to login into your PC /desktop/Laptop or Notebook then the software wont be able to help you and you will need to recover your You email or Microsoft account password using Microsoft’s online forms.
You can recover Microsoft email and account login password by going here https://account.live.com/ResetPassword.aspx and Microsoft will send you a password reset link to your alternate email address or to your phone as you have set it up.
I Have provided two methods here one which is free and involves a few steps given right below, and the other which is the paid software that will do the jobs much easily and quickly for you at the bottom of this post
Password reset for windows 10 Local account login
If you are used to signing in to your Windows 10 computer or laptop with a local account which is the traditional method ( widely used) instead of a Microsoft account, you can use the method below to reset your password.
The beauty of this featured software and or method for resetting is that irrespective of you having a Microsoft login to your pc or laptop, you can still set a local password to your computer.
Method for resetting via tools and learning some advanced command typing
Following the steps below to reset a Windows 10 password: [FREE METHOD]
- Boot from the Windows 10 DVD. Make sure that your PC setup is configured to boot from a DVD and that UEFI and Secure Boot are disabled.
- Press SHIFT + F10 to open a command prompt.
- 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 later. Note that you can only restore this file if you boot again from the Windows DVD.
Command s to type below in the black command box:
move d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe.bak
copy d:\windows\system32\cmd.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe
- After you have replaced utilman.exe successfully, you can remove the DVD and restart your problematic Windows 10 installation: [now type: wpeutil reboot ] to reboot computer
- On the Windows 10 sign-in page, click the Utility Manager icon.
Since we replaced the Utility Manager with the cmd.exe, a command prompt should open now. Don’t worry about the error message that pops up.
You can now add a new user with the command below ( in the black screem command prompt that appears) as below.
net user <username> /add
net localgroup administrators <username> /add
We will also have to add the user to the administrator group so that we have full control of our Windows computer or laptop. Replace <username> with the account name of your choice. Note that the account name must not exist on this current Windows computer.
Click the screen to make the sign-in page appear again. Your new account should show up, and you can sign in without a password.
You can now access the files associated with your Microsoft account in the C:\Users folder.
If you had a local account instead of a Microsoft email login account, you can reset your password in Computer Management. Right-click the Start button, select Computer Management, and navigate to Local Users and Groups. Right-click your local account and select Set Password.
This method can be used to reset most other versions of Microsoft windows operating system like
- Reset Windows 7 / 8 administrator password ( including 8.1)
- Windows Vista Premium Professional
- and also works on Windows Xp and other versions with some hacks in method ( contact me if you want specific version details)
Windows 10 – EASY METHOD for Reset of password and regain access.[Paid software]
If you think this above method is too Complicated and long for you to do successfully, then i would suggest that you just stick with a custom software , made specifically to do this recovery task easily which can be found here.
Other helpful technical links for window’s 10
Enable F8 Safe Mode Boot Menu
How to enable the F8 boot options menu in Windows 10
How to start Windows 10 in Safe Mode -If you run in to problems with your PC or need to troubleshoot hardware problems, there’s a very good chance that you’ll want to use “Safe Mode”. This boots Windows 10 using minimal drivers and services, plus it prevents any of the usual startup applications from loading.