How to recover windows 10 password?
We have all done it before. You sit down and log in to your PC. While typing the password suddenly you realize you forgot what it was! You are tired to try different combinations of letters and numbers to see what will fit, but nothing works. What do you do now?
Thankfully, the process of recovering your password in Windows 10 is much the same as it has been in Windows 8 and above, with a number of easy tricks. Here’s how you can recover both your Microsoft Live 10 login and credentials for any other users registered with the local machine.
Use the Password Reset Tool for Microsoft Live Accounts
The first (most possible) solution available from the number of options is to use the standard password reset function, always available at Microsoft’s password reset website. Now you’ll find three choices, and in this particular case, you have to follow the “I Forgot My Password” selection if you’re attempting to recover any accounts that are connected to your online identity.
Once you make it through these steps correctly, now you have to follow only, the generally familiar recovery process that most MNCs will use when attempting to verify that your real identity. If you have registered with an external email account or a mobile number with your account, you can receive a code which will pop your account open without any extra formalities.
Create a New User to Save Account Files
In the worst case, if none of these options works, there’s another way you can take which will (in a very roundabout way), allow again yourself to regain access to your computer.
The first step, start by booting your Windows 10 installation into the setup by changing the boot order. In your BIOS to take priority with the CD, or use the ISO as a startup disk instead.
Once the setup starts running, Press Shift+F10.
This will show up a command prompt. From here, we are going to use the command prompt to replace the Utility Manager. At the login screen with cmd.exe with the following commands:
move d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe.bak
copy d:\windows\system32\cmd.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe
Once this is complete, use the command “wpeutil reboot” to restart the machine.
After you’re back at the login screen, click the Utility Manager. If everything went right, you should see a cmd.exe launch like the image below.
This is the prompt you will use to create a new admin user from the login screen. Type the following commands, replace<username> with the name you’d like to assign to the new account.
net user <username> /add
net local group administrators <username> /add
Now close the prompt, reboot, and you should see your new user account at the login screen.
Click here and enter your fresh desktop’s username & password. From the desktop, right-click the Start menu in the bottom-left hand corner, and select “Computer Management”.
Navigate the “Local Users and Groups”, scroll down to the locked account, and right-click. Choose the “Set Password” option, and choose a new set of credentials to reclaim access to your locked account!
It should be noted in various cases that this method will only work to fully recover accounts that are designated to sign on locally. If you need to get back your Microsoft Live account password, you will have to reclaim it through the online forms mentioned above.
Now, if the online recovery service doesn’t work, you will still able to access any important files or folders that may have been locked up in your account by going into C:\Users, and clicking on its relevant folder.
When All Else Fails: Call Microsoft Support
If the automated reset process on Microsoft’s site doesn’t working anywhere to restore your Live-only account, you can look into dialling up a representative at the company itself.
When calling the support team for Microsoft at 1-877-701-2611 directly, you will initially be greeted with the same security questions that you filled out when you created the account. If you can’t answer these, the representative will hand you off to another team, which will use a variety of verification techniques that range from asking for detailed information about what the account’s been used for, to having you list any specific names that might be stored in your own contact list.
If you can answer just two of these correctly, the rep will send you a temporary unlock code, which you can then use to log back into your Live account.
Yes, these all steps are only necessary if you haven’t already followed our many different guides on creating a backup password reset disk beforehand, either from the Windows default program or through an Ubuntu-based rescue tool installed on a CD or USB thumb stick.
Secondly, you can also look into taking advantage of the new Windows PIN feature, which will allow you to tie a PIN code to your account instead of the standard alphanumerical password. You’ll find the option to add a PIN either in the initial setup or in the “Accounts” section of the Windows 10 Settings folder.
This way, whether it’s your debit card passcode or just your lucky number, it’ll only be a few simple keystrokes to remember, instead of a complicated combination of words and letters that can be difficult to track among the dozens of different logins you have across each of your separate devices.
Losing or forgetting your password can be a frustrating experience, but thanks to these workarounds, tricks, and tips, it doesn’t have to mean the end of your account as you know it!