Windows 10: Reset Local Password
- by Antoniy Yushkevych
- in Tutorials
There are multiple ways to log in to a Windows 10 computer. You can use your Microsoft account in order to access the operating system. Simply connect your Microsoft account to the current installation of Windows and you can use your Microsoft e-mail and password to unlock the device. You can also set a short PIN so that you do not have to enter your entire Microsoft account password every time you wish to unlock the computer.
If you do not have a Microsoft account or do not wish to connect yours with the current installation of Windows, you can also create a local user account that uses a simple password or a pin to sign in. When setting up the local account, after the password has been entered, you will be asked to enter a few security questions that you can answer to gain access to the device in case you ever forget the local account’s password. It is very important to add said security questions and memorize the answers for them. Do not skip this step when creating a local user.
So, let’s say you have been away from your computer for a while and now wish to use it again but one of the worst things that can happen to a PC user occurs; you forget the password. All your important files and unfinished projects are now behind a wall that you cannot break down. Or can you?
How to reset Windows 10 password if you use a Microsoft account to sign in
This solution works for those who use their Microsoft account to sign in to Windows and it is very simple. Just change your Microsoft account password and use the new one to log into the computer. You can do so from another computer by visiting the Microsoft account password reset page.
Alternatively, you could also press the I forgot my password link on the sign-in screen and do the same thing.
Do keep in mind that you will need to have access to the alternative email account or the phone number you provided when signing up for the Microsoft account. If you do not have access to either anymore, Microsoft will not be able to verify your identity, thus not allowing you to reset the password.
How to reset local user password on Windows 10 version 1803 and later
If you have added security questions to your local account, you can answer the security questions to sign back into your system. After you have entered an incorrect password:
- Click on the Reset password link on the sign-in screen.
- Answer the security questions you provided when setting up the local account.
- Enter a new password.
How to reset local user password on Windows 10 versions before 1803
Unfortunately, if you have a version of Windows that is older than 1803, the security questions for local accounts have not been implemented yet, meaning there is no way you can reset the password. You can, however, reset the entire device and choose a new password. Do keep in mind that if you decide to follow this through, all your data, including programs, files, and settings, on the device will be permanently deleted.
- Within the sign-in screen, in the lower-right corner, press the Shift key and click on the Power button, then Restart.
- On the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot and then Reset this PC.
- Lastly, select Remove everything.
If you have previously backed up your files, you will be able to restore them. Otherwise, they are gone for good, but at least now you can access your machine.