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6 Ways to Reset Forgotten Windows 10 Password 🥇

Do you know how to reset forgotten Windows 10 password and access your laptop or computer? Don't worry; This article provides a full guide on this topic.

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Updated by Cici on Feb 04, 2024
Written by Sherly

You need to sign in to your Windows 10 PC, but you forgot your password. Don't worry. Whether you use a local or a Microsoft account to log in, both operating systems allow you to reset a forgotten password. This article will provide you with detailed guidance. Let's dive into learning.

How to Reset Windows 10 Password Automatically

There are many third-party tools on the market that help reset Windows 10 passwords. Our recommendation is EaseUS Partition Master. Its "Password Reset" function allows you to remove your forgotten passwords and unlock your computer with one click. Most importantly, it does not require any command or computer operation experience. Allows everyone to erase their original Windows password easily.

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Step 1. Insert the target USB disk into the computer, download and run EaseUS Partition Master, and click "Toolkit" > "Password Reset."

click password reset feature

Step 2. A small window will pop up. After reading it carefully, click "Create".

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."

create bootable disk

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."

select the correct account

Step 6. When you receive this prompt, click "Confirm" to continue. Your password will be erased.

confirm the action

Don't miss this tool; it can unlock a computer without a password, including unlocking Lenovo, Dell, ASUS, and HP laptops using Windows 10 or 11.

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How to Reset Forgotten Windows 10 Password Manually

You can also choose other manual methods to help you reset your Windows 10 password and unlock computer password. However, these manual methods usually have some limitations and are difficult. Therefore, we recommend that you choose the automatic and simple method if you do not have much computing experience.

  1. Way 1. Use Security Questions
  2. Way 2. Use Command Prompt
  3. Way 3. Use Password Reset Disk
  4. Way 4. Use Microsoft Account
  5. Way 5. Use Local Account Recovery
  6. Way 6. Reset Windows 10 PC

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Way 1. Use Security Questions

Using a password reset disk is Microsoft's easy way to reset a lost Windows password. If you've created a password reset disk, you can easily set a new password to log in to your Windows 10 computer. Here's how:

Step 1: Click Reset password under your username on the login screen.

click reset password to start

Step 2: Before entering a new password, respond to certain security questions.

Step 3: You can change your password by clicking Ctrl + Alt + Delete and selecting Change a password while logged in.

Step 4. The third step is to choose the account whose password you want to change and enter your new password.

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Way 2. Use Command Prompt

If you sign in to Windows 10 with a PIN, picture password, or with another administrator account, you can reset your Windows 10 password by launching Command Prompt. Here is how:

Step 1: Press the Windows key plus X on the keyboard to open the Quick Access menu, then click Command Prompt. 

Step 2: To receive a list of all user accounts, type net user and press Enter.

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Step 3: To change the username and password on your account, type the following command:

net user [username] *

Note that you need to replace "username" with your account.

Step 4: Enter the new password for Windows 10.

If this way helps you reset the password on Windows 10, share this article and let more users know about it.


Way 3. Use Password Reset Disk

A password reset disk is a disk that you generate on a USB drive or SD card. When plugged into your Windows 10 PC, it allows you to reset your password instantly from the lock screen. You can also reset Windows 10 password without logging in. However, if you don't have a password reset disk yet, follow Guide 1 and create a password reset disk first:

Guide 1. Create a Password Reset Disk

Step 1: Connect a USB disk to your computer. Type Create a password reset disk into the Windows 10 search box, then select the first result.

Step 2: Click Next in the Forgotten Password procedure, choose the USB disk, and then click Next once more.

Step 3: Type your current account password and click Next. Click Finish when the wizard is finished.

Guide 2. Reset Windows 10 Password

Follow the steps here and learn how to reset your Windows 10 Password:

Step 1: First, select Next > Reset password.

Step 2: Select the device on which your password reset disk is stored from the dropdown box.

Step 3: Make a new password and verify it. 

Step 4: Enter a password hint.

reset the user account password

Step 5: Select Finish. Your account's password has already been changed.

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Way 4. Use Microsoft Account

During system installation, your new operating system will ask you to create a Microsoft account. You can use this account to recover your forgotten password.

Step 1: Make sure your Windows 10 PC is connected to the internet. Click "forgot password" on the Windows 10 login page.

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Step 2: Enter your Microsoft account address and click Enter. You can receive a verification code via email or text message.

Step 3: Enter your verification information and be guided to the password reset page. Make sure your password is strong enough.

Way 5. Use Local Account Recovery

Answering the security questions will always allow you to reset your password on Windows 10 if you have a local account. 

Step 1: Click OK after inputting the incorrect password.

Step 2: Choose the Reset password link. Go to your local account and type the responses to each of the questions you have selected.

Step 3: Enter your new password after creating it.

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Way 6. Reset Windows 10 PC

If all attempts to retrieve your password have failed, resetting your computer is a last resort. Here is how:

Step 1: Press and hold the shift key on the login interface, then click the power icon and select restart.

Step 2: Hold down the Shift key until the "Choose an option" window opens.

Step 3: Select Troubleshoot.

Step 3: Click Reset this PC > then choose "Remove Everything."

Step 4: Select the Only the drive where Windows is installed option.

Step 5: Click Just remove my files; click "Reset" then.

reset the computer

To get more details on how to reset your password on a Windows PC, click the following video.



Now you know how to perform a password reset in Windows 10. Through the above six methods, you can reset your password. With EaseUS Partition Master, you can even remove your Windows 10 password. While this may seem easy, it's important that you don't forget your password again. You can take some precautions ahead of time, such as adding security questions, creating a password reset disk, or regularly backing up your passwords.

Reset Forgotten Windows 10 Password FAQs

Have you reset the password on your Windows 10 PC? This part provides detailed answers to other frequently asked questions. Continue to read and learn more:

1. How to reset your Windows 10 password without logging in laptop?

If it is Windows 10 version 1803 or later versions, the process is as follows:

  • 1. After entering an incorrect password, click the Reset Password link.
  • 2. Answer the security question to tell Windows that you are trying to access your Windows account.
  • 3. Normally, you can enter and use the new password to log in.

There are no security issues if you're using a version before Windows 10, version 1803, so you'll have to reset Windows to factory settings.

2. How to reset my Windows password when I am locked out?

After you give the wrong password, follow the steps below to reset the Windows password:

  • Respond to security queries.
  • After that, change your password.
  • Use the new password and log in to your account as normal.

3. Is there any Windows 10 password recovery tool?

Yes, of course. PassFab 4WinKey and Ophcrack are both popular password recovery tools, and they are compatible with Windows and Mac. However, you don't need to turn to third-party software since many tools built-in Windows can help you reset Windows passwords, such as Command Prompt or Password reset USB or SD card.

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Updated by Cici

Cici is the junior editor of the writing team of EaseUS. She accepted the systematic training on computers at EaseUS for over one year. Now, she wrote a lot of professional articles to help people resolve the issues of hard drive corruption, computer boot errors, and disk partition problems.

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Written by Sherly

Sherly joined EaseUS in 2022 and she has always loved writing articles and enjoys the fun they bring. She receives professional training here, focusing on product performance and other relative knowledge. She has written over 200 articles to help people overcome computing issues.

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