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How to Reset Windows 10 Password

Forgetting passwords is nothing new, but happens with most us a lot of time. If you forget your computer’s password which is running on Windows 10, don’t panic! This tutorial will help you to reset Windows 10 password in several ways. Some of the methods may seem technical, but you will reset the password and make your Windows 10 computer usable again by following the steps.

Method 1: Using the Password reset disk function:

This is the official way to reset Windows 10 password. When you are using Windows 10, make sure to go to Control panel>> User accounts>>Create a password disk.

In this process, all you need is a USB drive and creating the password reset disk and follow the wizard. If you forget the password, you can use the USB and click RESET. Then follow the steps to reset windows 10 password.

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The only drawback of this method is, it needs a password reset disk created before the password has been lost. So, if you don’t have the disk, follow the next method.

 Method 2: Reset Windows 10 password online:

Another easy and quick method to reset Windows 10 password on your computer. If you log in your computer using the Microsoft account, then you can visit the Windows Live password reset page to reset the Windows 10 password.

Follow the steps to reset your password:

  •  Select “I forget my password” and click next.

  • In the next page, it will ask you to send a verification code to phone or 2nd email.
  • Then check your message or e-mail and Enter the code into the box.

After the process is complete, you can log in to Windows 10 with the new password. But, this method has a drawback, which is you cannot use this method if your Windows 10 computer has no Microsoft account attached.

Method 3: Using MSDaRT to reset Windows 10 password:

MSDaRT is a Windows recovery software available for Technet Plus subscribers, MSDN subscribers, and Microsoft Volume customers. You can create a recovery CD with DaRT inside and boot from the USB.

Then from the LockSmith option under Microsoft Diagnostic and Recovery option, you can reset Windows 10 password.

Here is a complete guide to using MSDart to reset Windows 10 password: via TechNet.

Method 4: Using a third-party app to reset Windows 10 password:

PCUnlocker is a premium software to reset Windows 10 password. You need to visit their site and download the ISO image to create a Live CD.

After booting the Computer with Live CD/USB drive, you will see all accounts on your computer. And, from the menu, you will be able to:

  • Unlock locked account,
  • Reset account password,
  • Delete/Switch account,
  • Promote Guest account to Administrator, etc.

Method 5: Restore your Windows 10:

If you don’t want to use any of the above methods, or you have encrypted hard drive with bit-locker, you can restore your computer to the most recent state to reset Windows 10 password.

  • Hold SHIFT and click restart on login screen,
  • When the computer restarts in “Advanced Startup,” select “Troubleshoot”
  • Then select “Advanced Option”
  • Select “System Restore” and follow the steps.

This process might take a while. You can select different options and restore point to do the system restore. And when the process is complete, you can access your computer as usual.

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