6 Ways to Reset Forgotten Windows 10 Password

lost Windows password?

If you forgot Windows 10 admin password, suddenly you will not be able to install any news program or fully use your computer because you lack of the administrator privileges. How can you use your computer if you don't remember the Windows 10 user password? Microsoft Corportation itself doesn't make it any easier to reset your password, but still we have some alternative solutions for you. In this short guide (article) we'll show you 6 simple ways to reset forgotten Windows 10 password for administrator and Microsoft account. Appending to our experience at least one of those methods should work for you.

Method 1: Try a Password Reset Disk

A password reset disk provides you a way to access your local Windows account by simply resetting the password. This works well when you forgot your Windows 10 password and want to reset it. When you create the password reset disk, it allows you to reset Windows 10 password.

Below we explain how to create password reset disk:

How to a create a Windows 10 password reset disk:

  • Click on the START button, click on Control Panel.
  • Choose the User Accounts and Family Safety
  • Pick the User Accounts.
  • Insert your target USB flash drive (Password reset disk data will be written there)
  • Pick Create a password reset disk.
  • When the Forgotten Password Wizard window appears, pick Next.
  • Select the target drive in which you want to store your password, click on Next.
  • Now, type your current password, and then click Next.
  • Now click on Next, and then click on Finish button.
  • Your password reset disk is now created, remove the USB thumbdrive and store it somewhere safe.

If you have it already we can reset Windows 10 password with USB thumb drive:

  1. Boot Windows 10 computer
  2. Wait for login screen to show on your screen
  3. Pick target user account, type wrong password (yes, type incorrect password) and press ENTER key
  4. After you've entered incorrect password, a Reset password link will appear below the login box.
  5. Plug in your USB thumb drive with password reset disk.
  6. Click on the Reset password link
  7. Wizzard should appear on the screen, select the password reset disk from the drop-down list
  8. Enter new password
  9. Click Next
  10. Click the Finish button
  11. You have changed your Windows 10 password. Reboot your computer and log in with your new password
windows 10 password reset disk

Method 2: 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 disk encryption software like: BitLocker, you can restore your computer to the most recent restore point. Such point usually includes an old password that you do remember. However, software and other programs that have been installed since the restore point willl have to be installed once again. Some of the new data may be missing!

restore windows 10 to previous state

Method 3: Reset Microsoft Account Password Online

Microsoft introduced Microsoft Accounts, for logging into Windows systems. When you forgot your Microsoft account password, just use another computer or a device like smartphone to visit the Windows Live password reset page on the Microsoft website, and you can reset the password online. It's relatively easier than resetting local account password.

Forgot Microsoft account password?

Method 4: Login with Other Sign-in Option

If you can still log into Windows 10 with PIN, picture password or another type of password for administrator account, there is a serious chance you can open an elevated Command Prompt and reset Windows 10 password easily.

  1. Login to your second administrator account
  2. Press the Windows logo button on your keyboard, type cmd, right click on the Command Prompt and pick Run as administrator
  3. Windows 10 Command prompt windows should open
  4. Type following command in the console window:

  5. net user myuser newpassword
    Where myuser is the user account for which you want to change the password, and newpassword is the new password for this account. Following image shows the password change command for user john.
    windows command prompt netuser

Now you have reset windows password log out from the Administrator account and simply log in to the wanted account with your newly created password.

Method 5: Reset Windows 10 Password with MSDaRT

What is DaRT? DaRT (Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset) is a set of tools from Microsoft corporation that helps IT professionals recover the computers that have become unusable. Boot your computer with DaRT Recovery CD and then use the built-in Locksmith Wizard tool. It allows you to reset Windows 10 password of any local account.

Unfortunately MSDaRT tool will not work with live / Microsoft accounts.


Method 6: Reset Windows 10 Password with KON-BOOT RECOMMENDED SOLUTION!

Kon-Boot is a a tool that allows you to unlock any Windows computer that you were locked out by a forgotten password. Kon-boot can bypass pretty much any Windows password including the Windows 10 passwords without any previous information regarding of the forgotten password.

To use Kon-Boot:

  1. Run the Kon-Boot installer, pick your USB pendrive and install to it
  2. Boot your locked Windows computer with USB thumbdrive
  3. Kon-Boot logo should be visible on your screen
  4. Now wait for Windows to load
  5. Choose and click on your locked account, type any password and press ENTER
  6. Voila, now you are logged in to your Windows 10 system without password
  7. If you would like to reset your password or change it simply follow this tutorial or this guide.
  8. If not, simply use your Windows 10 as you normally do

Check this video to see how easy it is to bypass Windows 10 password with KON-BOOT:

reset windows 10 password with kon-boot

In this tutorial we have presented you 6 simple ways to reset Windows 10 password. We hope at least one of the presented methods worked for you!