[Solved] Lost Windows 10 Password, How to Reset/Remove/Recover It?

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Windows Password Tips

Microsoft provides you facility to protect your Windows 10 account with a password. It seems assuring to have a password on your account so that your data and important files remain safe. However, it can happen sometime that you lost Windows 10 password. This is headache because if you have lost password on Windows 10, you cannot log in to Windows and cannot access your data. Following are some methods you can try to recover the Win 10 lost password:

Method 1: Reset Lost Microsoft Account Windows 10 Password

This method can be used if you have access to another device from where you can reset Microsoft lost Windows 10 password. Firstly, you need to go to Microsoft's password reset website and then step by step reset the password. So, if you want to reset the password, then follow the guide:

Step 1: Go to Microsoft password reset website by following this link.

Step 2: You will be asked to enter the Microsoft account. It can be an email, phone, or Skype name. Also, to prove that you are not a bot you have to fill the CAPTCHA. After that click on Next.

enter microsoft account

Step 3: Now you have to prove your identity. For this purpose, select the process to get the security code from your Email or phone number associated with your account. Click on Next.

prove identity

Step 4: You will get the code on your associated Email or phone number. You have to "Enter the code" and click on Next.

verify identity

Step 5: After verifying your identity, Reset your password. Enter "New password" for your Microsoft account and then "Reenter password" to confirm it. After that click on Next.

reset your password

Step 6: You have successfully reset the password. Now click on Next and you will be prompted to log in to your account.

successfully reset

Step 7: After resetting the password, you can easily login to your Windows 10.

Method 2: Reset Lost Windows 10 Local Account Password via Reset Password Link

You can use this method if you have a local account on a PC and cannot seem to remember the password for it. It is also an easy and simple method and do not require any special skill of computer. So, if you want to recover local account and reset Windows 10 lost password then follow the steps below:

Step 1: When you are on the Log in screen and you do not remember the password for your local account then simply press "Enter" and there will be a "Reset password" option. Click on it.

reset  assword

Step 2: When you will click that option, you will be asked to answer the security questions that you set up for your local account. This will verify your identity as the owner of the particular account owner.

answer security questions

Step 3: After successfully answering the security questions, you will be prompted next and there you have to Enter and then Confirm new password for the local account.

enter new password

Step 4: Done! You have successfully reset the password of your local account on Windows 10.

Method 3: Reset Lost Windows 10 Password via Windows 10 Installation Media and Command Prompt

Are you searching for a method for "lost my windows 10 password"? There will be many easy and simple methods but if you cannot recover your account and reset password try this method. This is a tricky method but it will surely reset the password.

Step 1: First you have to make a Windows 10 Installation disk. It can either be a CD or USB. Also you have to change the boot order and disable UEFI secure boot option temporarily so that you can boot from USB or CD.

Step 2: Now insert the installation disk in your PC and restart from disk. When you see "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD", press any key.

restart  from disk

Step 3: When you press the key, PC will boot from CD or DVD and you will be navigated to Windows Setup. Now press "shift + F10". With this command prompt will open.

open cmd

Step 4: Type the following command in cmd and press enter.

"copy c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe c:\"

Type the following command and press enter.

"copy /y c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe"

If your Windows installation drive is other the c:\ then replace it.

enter command

Step 5: Close command prompt and cancel the Windows setup. Remove the Windows installation disk and restart you PC normally.

restart computer

Step 6: When Log in screen comes, press Shift Key 5 times and command prompt in administrator mode will open.

cmd admin mode

Step 7: In this command prompt you can change the password with following commands. First type "net user" to view user accounts. After that to change password for the particular 'user_name', type following command: "net user user_name  new_password" .

recover password

Step 8: Now close the command prompt and log in to Windows 10 with 'new_password".

Method 4: Remove/Reset Lost Windows 10 Password with Third-party Tool

"I lost my windows 10 password" if you are in this situation then you do not have to worry. With this method you will be able to regain access to your locked PC in just three steps. PassFab 4WinKey is an amazing software which can 100% recover all user accounts password in just few minutes. So, you do not have to reformat or reinstall windows. You can easily burn Windows password reset disk from CD/DVD or USB drive. Here is the full guide to use the PassFab 4WinKey:

Step 1: Open PassFab 4WinKey. Select boot media (CD/DVD or USB).

choose usb

Step 2: When you will click on "Burn" it will prompt you that your disk will be formatted. Click on "Yes" and it will start burning. Wait for the disk to burn successfully.

burn usb successfully

Step 3: Now you can use the bootable disk to reset the password for Windows 10. Insert the bootable disk into PC and restart the computer and press "F12" or "Esc" to enter Boot Menu. (It can be different for different PC).

Step 4: In Boot Menu, there will be list of choices to boot. Identify and then using arrow keys highlight your bootable disk name. Press Enter to select.

boot from usb uefi

Step 5: Now reset or remove the Windows password. Select your Windows OS and check "Reset your password".

reset password

Step 6: Select user account for which you want to reset password. Enter "New Password" and click Next.

reset password

Step 7: Password is successfully reset. Click Reboot and restart your PC. Now you can log in with the new password.

reset password

So, these are all the common methods we have explained thoroughly with screenshots. With this guide you do not have to try different methods to reset the password and damage your PC or accidently lose your data and files.


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