Top 5 Ways to Tackle Default Windows 10 Admin Password

When you forget your password for account or want to access certain part of Windows 10, you shall need to know default admin password Windows 10. When you try to do certain things, Windows 10 require an admin to provide their authorization. Also, if you forget or lose the password for sign in, you need to know a way to access your files which are locked. But there is no default Windows 10 admin password so in order to perform above mentioned tasks, default admin password for Windows 10 will be convenient to have. Below are some methods to reset or bypass the Windows 10 default admin password.

Method 1: Change Windows 10 Default Admin Password via Forgot Password Link

This is a simple method. If you do not know the Windows 10 default administrator password and stuck on sign in screen on Windows 10, this method will really be useful. You just had to have the recovery email or phone number when your account for administrator. Follow the steps:

Step 1: If you are stuck on sign in screen and do not know the password then click on the link below "I forgot my password".

sign in to know default admin password windows 10

Step 2: After loading, the following window will open. You must select the admin account and then fill the field with the text shown. After this click on "Next".

recover your account in order to get default admin password in windows 10

Step 3: The next thing you have to do is to verify yourself. Select any option i.e. email or phone number where you want to get the verification code. Verify that if it's really your email or phone number and click on "Send code".

verify identity to default windows 10 admin password

Step 4: When you receive the code, enter it and click on "Next".

enter code to tackle default admin password windows 10

Step 5: Now you have just to reset the password. Enter new password and click on "Next". You have successfully reset the administrative password.

reset password of windows 10 default admin account

Method 2: Reset Windows 10 Default Admin Password via Command Prompt

This method can be used if you do not have access to any of the verification options. You will not get the verification code and so cannot reset the password. So, reset Windows 10 password through Command Prompt. For this purpose, you must have a Windows 10 installation disk. After making one follow the steps to reset the password.

Step 1: Insert the installation disk and restart your PC. Press any key to boot PC from installation disk.

boot from cd or dvd for default windows 10 admin account

Step 2: Windows 10 setup will open. To open command prompt press "shift + F10".

windows setup to defalt admin account windows 10

Step 3: Type following commands one by one in cmd and press enter. (If Windows installation drive is other than c:\ then replace c:\)

"copy c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe c:\"
"copy /y c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe"
cmd to your default administrator account in windows 10

Step 4: Close the cmd and cancel the Windows 10 setup. Restart your PC but now without the Windows Installation disk.

close windows setup for windows 10 default admin account

Step 5: In the login screen, press shift key 5 times simultaneously. This will force open command prompt in administrator mode.

windows 10 administrator login screen

Step 6: In command prompt change the admin password via following commands.

"net user" This command will help you to see the user accounts. Now change password for the ‘user_name' through following command.

"net user user_name  new_password".

windows 10 admin cmd

Step 7: Close the cmd and you can use the new password you made to sign in to Windows 10.

Method 3: Ignore Windows 10 Default Admin Password and Create A New Account

If you don't want to always enter password for admin account, you can create a new local account and use that account to sign in to Windows 10 and access your files. Windows 10 administrator default password will not be required, alternatively you can enter password for local account and sign in. Follow the steps to create a new account.

Step 1: Press "Windows + X" and open Settings.

choose settings in windows 10

Step 2: Click on "Accounts".

choose accounts in windows 10 settings

Step 3: Click on "Sign in with a local account instead" in Your info menu.

windows 10 sign in with a local account instead

Step 4: Enter you current Administrator password for Windows 10 and click "Next".

enter current password of windows 10 local account

Step 5: Enter User name, password and hint. Click on "Next".

type password of your windows 10 local account

Step 6: Click on "Sign out and finish". Windows will prepare and save settings for your new local account and you will sign out from the admin account.

sign out and finish set up windows 10 default administator

Step 7: When you will go to sign in screen of Windows 10, you will sign in to new local account.

new account in windows 10

Method 4: Remove Windows 10 Default Admin Password with PassFab 4WinKey

To remove default admin password for Windows 10, you can try PassFab 4WinKey. It is a simple yet powerful software to remove or reset the default admin password of Windows 10. You can easily do the task in 3 simple steps which are:

  • Create Windows 10 Password Reset Disk
  • Boot Windows 10 from Disk
  • Recover Windows 10 Password

Follow these simple steps and you will be able to reset or remove the Windows 10 admin password easily.

Step 1: Create Windows 10 Password Reset Disk

Open this Windows password recovery tool. Select the boot media. It can be a CD/DVD or USB.

choose usb in passfab 4winkey

Click on "Burn" to start the process. Click Yes when prompted and PassFab 4WinKey will start burning bootable disk. When the process will be complete it will prompt like below image.

burn usb with passfab 4winkey successfully

Step 2: Boot Windows from Disk

Insert bootable disk and restart the computer. Enter Boot Menu by pressing F12 or Esc. In boot menu, select your device and press Enter. Then exit and restart the computer.

boot from usb uefi when you use passfab 4winkey

Step 3: Recover Windows Password

You can use this Windows password recovery tool to easily reset the password. Select your Windows OS and press "Next".

reset account password in passfab 4winkey

Select user account.

enter new password in passfab 4winkey

Click on Next and your password will reset.

reset password succesfully using passfab 4winkey

Now when you want to login to PC, you can use the new password.

Method 5: Reinstall Windows 10 Operating System

This is the last resort to tackle the default admin password for Windows 10. In this situation you have option whether you want to keep the files which are important or fully erased all the PC. Follow the steps:

Step 1: Press "Windows + X" to go to Settings. Click on "Update & Security".

update and security in windows 10 pc

Step 2: In "Recovery" tab, under the Reset this PC, click on "Get started".

windows 10 reset this pc

Step 3: In the following window chose the option.

choose an option in windows 10

Step 4: PC will start reinstalling Windows and you can then get access to the computer.

Final Verdict

This article was about the ways and best practices to remove or reset the default password for Windows 10. Admin password is really necessary when you want to do certain tasks on your PC. Also, if you have lost or forgotten the password for local account, it helps you to recover the account easily.

Updated on / Posted by Shirley Howard to Windows 10 / Follow @Shirley Howard

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