Sometimes you won’t even be able to use your computer, If you forgot Windows 10 admin password, you’ll be unable to install any software. Microsoft doesn’t make it easy to reset your password, but you have some options.
In this tutorial we’ll show you 5 simple ways to reset forgotten Windows 10 password for administrator and Microsoft account.
Method 1: Use Password Reset Disk
Using a password reset disk is Microsoft’s official method to reset a lost Windows password. The only downside of this method is that you need to create a Windows 10 password reset disk before your password is lost.
If you have created a password reset disk, you can easily set a new password for signing in to your Windows 10 computer.
Method 2: Login with Other Sign-in Option
If you can still log into Windows 10 with PIN, picture password or another administrator account, there is a good chance you can open an elevated Command Prompt and reset Windows 10 password easily.
Simply press Windows logo key + X on your keyboard to open the Quick Access menu and click Command Prompt (Admin). To reset your forgotten password, type the following command and press Enter. Replace account_name and new_password with your username and desired password respectively.
net user account_name new_password
Method 3: Reset Windows 10 Password with MSDaRT
DaRT (Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset) is a toolset from Microsoft that helps IT professionals recover the computers that have become unusable. Boot your computer with DaRT Recovery CD and then launch the built-in Locksmith Wizard tool, it allows you to reset Windows 10 password of any local account.
Unfortunately, DaRT is not free. This tool is only available for Microsoft volume customers, TechNet Plus subscribers, and MSDN subscribers. Before performing a Windows 10 password reset, check out this video tutorial on Microsoft website: Reset passwords with the DaRT
Method 4: Reset Windows 10 Password with PCUnlocker
PCUnlocker allows you to unlock any Windows computer that you were locked out by a forgotten password. It is a bootable image that can be written to a CD or a USB stick using the freeware ISO2Disc. After booting from PCUnlocker Live CD (or USB), you can view all local accounts for your Windows 10 installation.
Simply select one of your local accounts and click on Reset Password button, the program will check the status of your selected account and perform the following tasks to fix your password problem:
- Remove the password if your Windows account is password protected
- Switch associated Microsoft account to local account
- Promote your selected standard/limited user to administrator
- Activate the account if it’s disabled
- Unlock your locked account
- And much more…
Method 5: Restore Windows 10 to Previous State
If you don’t want to use any Windows 10 password reset software or your hard drive is encrypted with BitLocker, you can restore your computer to the most recent restore point includes an old password that you do remember. However, programs that have been installed since the restore point have to be installed again.