How to Reset Forgotten Password in Windows 10

/ Posted by Shirley Howard to Windows Password / Follow @Shirley Howard

Nowadays, people are quite regular in using their laptops / desktops most of them having the latest Windows 10 as the operating system. There wouldn't be a single day when the PC is kept unopened. However, due to some reason the laptop/ desktop was not used for a long period and when opened the user had forgotten the login password. Now, what shall he do? How does he access the device? Will he get all the data safely? Yes! These questions are very natural to come to your mind during such an instance. But, you are no more far from the answers for Windows 10 password reset hacks. Let us take you through various methods for password reset.

Part 1: 2 Ways to Reset Forgotten Login Password in Windows 10

Way 1: Use Password Reset Disk

Using password reset disk is a common method for all Windows versions to reset the forgotten password. However, this is more like a precaution which needs to be taken before you forget the password. The reset disk shall be well stored to be used whenever you forget the login password for creating a new password and obtain the access to your login account. Basically, reset disk is a password reset key for Windows 10.

Way 2: Login with other Sign-in Option

If you can log into your Windows 10 with a PIN, picture password or any other administrator account, you can still change the password of the stuck account. For that you need to open Command Prompt and reset the password.

For this, you simply need to press Windows logo key + X and open Quick Access menu and click Command Prompt (Admin). To reset the forgotten password, simple replace account_name and new_password with your username and desired password respectively. [net user account_name new_password]

reset windows password command prompt

Part 2: How to Reset Forgotten Login Password by using Microsoft Live Accounts

The most effective free method to reset forgotten Windows login password is by using the Microsoft website where you can do it using Microsoft Live account. Below are the steps:

Step1: On the sign-in screen of your Windows PC, type your Microsoft account name if you cannot see it. If there are multiple accounts on the PC, choose the one account that you want to find password,  You will see the below page:

microsoft live password reset page

Step 2: Select "I Forgot my password" and click Next. It will ask your Microsoft live account credentials which you have to enter, and click Next. You will then see this:

get code

Now, select the one that is handy to you whether your email or our phone number and click "Send Code". Now, in a few moments, you will get a code. Now, you can now enter the code there, and on the next screen, enter the new password.

This time, you have a new password for that particular user account.

Part 3: Reset Login/Administrator Password by Using Password 4Winkey

PassFab 4WinKey is basically designed to reset the forgotten password for Windows. So, for Windows 10 password reset of administrator account, this is one of the easiest tools to operate and gives an instant solution to our issue of forgotten password for the login account. This tool not only allows to reset local account password but also administrator account password. This password recovery tool is a quick fix for the forgotten password to your login account. Now let us take a look at the detailed guide of the process to reset the password with this tool.

Firstly, to start with the process, one needs to have a bootable disk which is essential for using this tool.

Step 1: How to Make A Bootable Password Reset Disk (USB/CD/DVD)

  • Download and install PassFab 4WinKey on Windows PC to which you can have access.
  • Select a boot media(USB/DVD/CD) and click "Burn".
  • burn usb successfully
  • Click "Burn" to start burning, and in this way your bootable disk is ready.

Further, one shall proceed as per the following guide to reset the password with this bootable disk.

Step 2: Boot the PC with the above Bootable Device

  • Insert the bootable USB or CD/DVD to your locked Windows PC.
  • Restart the computer and press "F12" or "ESC" to enter the Boot Menu Interface.
  • enter the boot menu
  • Here, you will find there is list of boot choices, including the USB/CD/DVD which you have inserted. Select the bootable device you have inserted and press "Enter".
  • select usb boot device
  • Once you enter the locked Windows from boot disk, a password recovery interface shall appear. Here, you get an option for Windows 10 password reset.
  • reset admin password option

Step 3: Windows 10 Password Reset for Administrator Account

Here, one shall set up a new password if you have forgotten Windows 10 login password of your device.

  • S Choose the Windows operating system and select "Reset your password" option.
  • select reset password
  • Select the Admin account from the list, the account name shall be displayed in "User Name" box. Also, a new default password is displayed. Now, you can use the default password or enter a new password in "New Password" box.
  • enter new password
  • Click "Next" and new password is reset successfully. Click "Reboot" to restart your computer and log on to Windows with new password.
  • restart your pc


So to conclude, for Windows 10 password reset be it local account or administrator account PassFab 4Winkey is a great password recovery tool in case one forgets the login password to the PC. This makes this tool a great help for the users who forget the password and has not created a password disk or has  forgotten the administrator password.


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