We all would agree to the point that it is essential to safeguard your valuable data with a password. As a matter of fact, every service that we use, whether it is online or offline, needs a password. So, it is perfectly normal to protect your Windows PC with a password. But what will happen when and if you forgot your password?
We all must have heard that “we should change the password time to time to keep it safe.” Thus, we listen to the experts and usually change the password after a particular time. The problem typically starts from there. When we keep changing the password, there may come a state we actually forget the current password. So, what is the reasonable next thing to do? The answer is to reset the password.
Reset Windows 10 Password
Now, then comes to a harder question – how do we reset the forgotten password when we don’t know or remember the current one? Unlike your Facebook account, where you will get an option to reset your password, you can’t do the same for your Windows password.
So, in this article, we will discuss a few scenarios that you might face, and we will come up with suitable solutions to reset the Windows 10 password.
Method 1: Use Other Sign-in Options
When you set up the operating system, which is Windows 10 here, it typically asks you to put down a Pin Password. If you skipped that part, well, then this procedure is not for you. Now, if you do set up the Pin Password, you can log in using that. In the login screen, just below the text field where you type down the password, you will get an option to sign in with other means.
Now, if you have created a Pin Password previously, you can easily log in using that. After you log into your account, you can change the password from using the command prompt.
After you open the command prompt in “Run as Administrator” mode, type down the command, “net user account_name new_password” and then press enter. Log out and log in to confirm.
Method 2: Resetting Microsoft Account Password
Most of the Windows 10 users usually use their Microsoft account to log in to their Windows 10 PC. As it provides complete synchronization of your account, that is ideally the best thing to do. So, if in case you forgot your Windows 10 login password, you can change the password of your Microsoft account and log in back.
All you need to do is to go to the Microsoft Account Settings using any other device. Then click on “Forget password?” Now, this may get tricky at times because it usually asks for any other email address or phone number assigned to that particular account.
Please note there can be other verification means that they might ask depending upon what you have provided for recovery. Another thing that you should remember that you are changing the password of the Microsoft Account, which you use as a Windows 10 login password. So, once the password is changed, you can log in to your Windows 10 PC as well.
Method 3: If Nothing is working
After you try all those previous steps and it is still not working, you can give a try with this one final step. You can try resetting the Windows password from System Image Recovery option. The steps are simple enough.
First, while you are on the Windows login screen, click on the Power Button. You will see three options pop-up – Sleep, Shut down, and Restart. You, then need to click on Restart while pressing and holding down the Shift Key.
Then, you will see the Advanced Recovery Screen in front of you. There you will see an option, “Troubleshoot.” Click on that, and you will see “Advanced Options.” After you click on that, you will get the final option “System Image Recovery“.
Then, the system will take you to the window where you will get an option, “Select a system image“. Check that radio button and click on next below. On the next page, you will find the option “Advanced.” Click on that. Then, you will find a pop-up where you have to choose “Install a Driver“.
Soon, you will see a file explorer screen will flash up. You then need to go to C Drive and all the way to the folder System32. Then take a look at the folder and find out a file named “Utilman.” You, then need to rename the file to whatever you wish to. Here, let us assume you renamed it to “Utilman1.” Also, on the System32 folder, find the file named “CMD” and rename it to “Utilman.”
Restart the computer once. While you are on the Windows login screen, click on “Accessibility” icon. You will find a command window appear on your screen. On the command prompt type “control userpasswords2” and hit the enter key.
After that, you will see a new window will open up where there is an option called “Reset Password.” Click on that, and you will see a new dialogue box with an option to put in a new password. Log out once and try login with the new password.
Other than these steps, there are 3rd-party software packages that claim they can reset or retrieve your Windows 10 login password. It is hard to comment on them in any case. So, if you are looking for that route, confirm and verify their claims before opting for their service.
We suggest you always to create alternative Sign-in options such as Pin password or Picture password along with the usual login password. Also, it is advisory to use a Microsoft account assigned on your Windows 10 PC. Along with all the benefits, it is the best way to reset your password if in case you forget.