Without the password, there are many functions you can no longer access. One such task is factory resetting your Windows 11, which needs the password for confirmation.
In this article, EaseUS delves into the top three effective ways to factory reset Windows 11 without a password. There are usually two situations you can face when needing to reset Windows 11 without the password:
- Situation 1. You Are Locked out of Your Windows 11 PC
- Situation 2. You have Logined to the Windows 11 PC
In the first situation, it is recommended that you first remove or wipe the password first. Not removing the password can lead to problems with the resetting process. Read the article to learn about a powerful tool to help you out in this situation.
To help you factory reset Windows 11 without a password, we introduce an indispensable tool that simplifies the process like never before. Meet EaseUS Partition Master Professional, an all-in-one solution designed to help you regain control of your Windows 11 operating system. With its password reset feature, this software provides an accessible and secure means of unlocking your system without the risk of data loss or OS damage.
This all-in-one tool not only facilitates password removal but also allows you to create a bootable USB effortlessly, ensuring that the process is streamlined and user-friendly. It provides assurance of preserving your valuable data and the integrity of your operating system.
Step 1. Insert the target USB disk into the computer, download and run EaseUS Partition Master, and click "Toolkit" > "Password Reset."
Step 2. A small window will pop up. After reading it carefully, click "Create".
Step 3. Select the correct USB flash drive or external mobile hard disk and click "Create" again. Wait patiently. After the password reset USB flash drive is created, click "Finish."
Step 4. Remove the password reset USB, insert it into the locked PC, and restart. You will be asked to change the boot drive to boot the PC from USB. Once completed, the system will automatically boot from USB.
Step 5. After restarting, find EaseUS Partition Master again and go to "Password Reset." All accounts on the PC will be displayed in the interface; click on the target account and check "Reset & Unlock."
Step 6. When you receive this prompt, click "Confirm" to continue. Your password will be erased.
Video Tutorial in Unlocking Windows Without Password
In this video, we included 2 methods to help you unlock a Windows computer without your password. Follow to learn the detailed steps:
After removing the Windows 11 passcode, move forward to the next part to factory reset the Windows 11 device without a password.
It's time to delve into the step-by-step guide on how to factory reset Windows 11 without a password. Here, you'll find three detailed methods to effortlessly walk you through how to factory reset Windows 11 without a password:
Method 1. From the Lock Screen
In the event of being unable to access your Windows 11 PC, initiating a factory reset without a password is possible through the lock screen. It provides a convenient approach to accessing the required recovery options without requiring login credentials. Follow the steps below to proceed with the factory reset:
Step 1: On the Windows 11 login screen, click the Power icon. Then, click the Restart button and press the Shift key at the same time.
Step 2: Then, on the Choose an Option page, choose the Troubleshoot option.
Step 3: On the Troubleshoot screen, click the Reset this PC option.
Step 4: On the Reset this PC page, there are two options you can see – Keep my files and Remove everything. Choose Remove everything since you don't have your admin password. Otherwise, if you select Keep my files, you still have to enter the forgetten Windows 11 admin password after resetting.
Step 5: Next, select Cloud download or Local reinstall based on your needs.
Step 6: Next, you need to choose Just remove my files or Fully Clean the Drive. Note that if you want to sell or give away your PC, you had better select Fully Clean the Drive.
Step 7: Finally, click Reset to start. Just keep your PC on and wait for the reset to complete.
Step 8: Once the reset is complete, follow the on-screen steps to reset your PC and get into your Windows 11 desktop.
Method 2. From the Settings Menu
If you have access to your Windows 11 desktop, initiating a factory reset without a password can be achieved through the Settings menu. It ensures a smooth and convenient experience. This straightforward approach allows you to navigate the system settings to initiate the reset process. By following these steps, you can reset your Windows 11 PC without the need for a password:
Step 1. Launch Windows 11 Settings by using the "Win + I" key combination and access the "System" tab. Here, click "Recovery" and move to the "Recovery Options" section.
Step 2. Now, tap the "Reset PC" option and choose either "Keep my files" or "Remove everything." Following it, select how to reinstall Windows 11, tap "Next," and finally click "Reset" to initiate the resetting process.
Method 3. Use a Bootable USB (When the PC Won't Boot)
There are situations where your Windows 11 PC encounters booting issues and prevents access to the operating system. In this case, utilizing a bootable USB drive can facilitate the factory reset process without the need for a password. Follow the steps given below to learn how to factory reset Windows 11 without a password using a bootable USB:
Step 1. Download and burn Windows 11 ISO to a USB drive using EaseUS Partition Master to create a bootable Windows 11 USB. After connecting the USB to the computer, access BIOS settings and give the bootable Windows 11 USB the highest boot priority.
Step 2. Once the PC has booted up and the Windows Setup screen is visible, select your preferred language and keyboard and proceed by clicking on the "Next" option. Tap "Install Now," and on the following page, provide the Windows 11 product key. Then, select the Windows edition you want to install and tap "Next."
Step 3. Agree to the Microsoft software license, tap "Next," and go on to choose the Windows installation type. Here, choose "Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)" and select the partition where you want to install Windows 11. Afterward, follow the on-screen prompts to finalize the Windows 11 installation procedure.
In conclusion, we have explored three effective methods for factory resetting Windows 11 without a password. From utilizing the lock screen and settings menu to employing a bootable USB drive, we have provided step-by-step instructions for each method. With data security and system integrity at the forefront, these approaches offer reliable solutions for users seeking to reset their Windows 11 PCs.
Share this article with fellow Windows 11 users facing similar challenges. It will empower them to overcome password-related barriers in the process of factory resetting their systems.
Factory Reset Windows 11 Without Password FAQs
For further clarity on the topic, we have compiled some common questions that users may have regarding how to factory reset Windows 11 without a password. If you find yourself seeking more information, this section will be a valuable resource for addressing your queries.
1. Is there a way to factory reset a PC without logging in?
Follow these steps to initiate a factory reset without logging in to your Windows 11 PC:
Step 1. To reboot your Windows 11 system from the login screen, start by clicking the Power button. Afterward, press and keep the Shift key pressed while clicking on the Restart option.
Step 2. Choose the Troubleshoot option on the Choose an Option page. Within the Troubleshoot tab, click the Reset this PC option.
2. How to factory reset a Windows 11 computer without logging in?
To perform a factory reset on your Windows 11 computer without logging in, follow these steps:
Step 1. Download the Windows 11 ISO file and use EaseUS Partition Master to create a bootable Windows 11 USB. Set the USB as the highest boot priority in the BIOS settings.
Step 2. Boot up the PC with the USB, select language and keyboard preferences, click Next, and then click Install Now. Enter the Windows 11 product key, choose the desired Windows edition, and proceed.
Step 3. Agree to the Microsoft software license, select Custom: Install Windows only (advanced), pick the installation partition, and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the Windows 11 installation process.
3. How do you factory reset a laptop without a Windows 10 password?
You can follow these steps to reset your Windows 10 PC without a password:
Step 1. Open Windows 11 Settings using the Win + I key combination, then navigate to the "System" tab and select "Recovery."
Step 2. Choose the Reset PC option and decide whether to Keep my files or Remove everything. Proceed with the reinstallation method, click Next, and then select Reset to begin the process.
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