Locked Out Of Windows 10? We Got It! [Solved]

What to do if you are locked out of Windows 10? You are going to learn three things to unlock Windows 10. Reset password in Microsoft account, try another account or bypass password with Windows 10 installation media. To avoid accidental data loss, you are advised to export data without entering OS with EaseUS data recovery software.

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09 May 2024

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Windows 10 is very careful about the privacy of its users. It provides different lock options to users to protect their accounts. At startup, a user password is requested for the user administrator.

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Locked Out of Windows 10 Login Screen, What to Do?

There are times that you press and hold the Windows logo key on your keyboard and then press the L key. Your computer will be locked, and the Windows 10 login screen will be displayed. If you have the password, you can enter Windows 10 easily. But if you forget the key, you'll be locked out of Windows 10. What to do if you are locked out of Windows 10? Here are the solutions.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
1. Log In with Another Account On the login screen, log in with another administrator account..Full steps
2. Reset the Microsoft Account Use another computer and go to https://account.live.com/password/reset...Full steps
3. Run Windows 10 Installation Media Download Windows 10 installation media. Create a USB installation media...Full steps

Before You Start - Export/Restore Data in Windows 10

Among the provided methods, the third method may result in data loss. To avoid the risk of data loss, it is recommended that you restore/export your data without booting it into Windows 10.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard allows you to create a WinPE bootable disk for data recovery. With it, you can boot your computer from the USB bootable disk and enter the Windows Pre-installation Environment (WinPE). This data recovery software can do the following things for you.

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To complete the data recovery process, you need to prepare these things in advance.

  • Another healthy Windows computer
  • An empty USB with over 8GB capacity
  • Download and install EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard with Bootable Media on the new PC

Then, follow the steps below to recover Windows data without entering the OS.

Step 1. Create a bootable disk

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, choose "Crashed PC" and click "Go to Recover".

choose crashed pc recovery

Select an empty USB to create the bootable drive and click "Create".

⚠️Warning: When you create a bootable disk, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will erase all data saved in the USB drive. Back up important data beforehand. 

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Step 2. Boot your computer from the bootable USB

Connect the bootable disk to the PC that won't boot and change your computer boot sequence in BIOS. For most users, it works well when they restart their computer and press F2 simultaneously to enter BIOS.

Set to boot the PC from "Removable Devices" (bootable USB disk) beyond Hard Drive. Press "F10" to save and exit.

restart from bootable USB

Step 3. Recover data from a crashed system/PC

After booting from EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard bootable disk, select the drive you want to scan to find all your lost files. Preview and recover the files you need to a safe location.

💡Tip: You can restore data on the local disks, external hard drives, and also the cloud storage.

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Then, go ahead and try the following methods to unlock Windows 10. There are several ways to fix a locked Windows 10 account. Methods vary depending on how you set up your account, but one of the fixes below should work.

Method 1. Log In with Another Account in Windows 10

If you are using a shared computer, then this solution will work for you. When you are locked out of Windows 10, you can access it via another user account. This administrative account will help you bypass Windows 10 passwords. Here are the steps to log in with another account.

Step 1. On the login screen, log in with another administrator account.

log in with another account

Step 2. Go to the "Control Panel" and look for the accounts option.

Step 3. Choose the option of "User Account".

choose another account

Step 4. Select the option of "Manage account type".

Step 5. Now, manage your account for which you want to bypass the password. 

Step 6. Type in a new password and confirm it.

change the account password

Then, Sign out of the current account and log in to the locked account with the new password.


  • This method is not suitable for one-person users.
  • The method is compatible with only local or administrative users.

Method 2. Reset Your Microsoft Account Password

Things could be easier if you are using a Microsoft account. You can reset your Microsoft password online. Then, you'll be able to enter Windows 10 with the new password.

Step 1. Use another computer and go to https://account.live.com/password/reset.

Step 2. Enter your email and get a code.

Step 3. Type in your new password.

Then, you can use the new password to log in to your computer.

change Microsoft account password


  • The method works well if only you remember the alternate email or security phone number.
  • You cannot bypass the Windows 10 password for local or administrator accounts with this method.

Method 3. Bypass the Password with Windows 10 Installation Media

The most effective way to bypass Windows 10 lock screen passwords is using Windows 10 installation media. For this method, you just need to use an installation disk for Windows 10. If you don't have installation media, you can download it from Microsoft's official website.

Follow the steps below to unlock your PC with Windows 10 installation media.

Step 1. Download Windows 10 installation media.

download Windows 10 creation tool to fix locked out of Windows 10

Step 2. Create a USB installation media.

steps to create a USB installation media

Step 3. Open Command Prompt from the Boot Interface.

Insert your USB installation media and boot from it.

In the Windows Setup interface, click "Repair your computer" at the bottom left.

Then, click "Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Command Prompt".

boot into command prompt in boot

Step 4. Type in the following command.

  • move c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe c:\
  • copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe

Step 5. Take out of the drive or disc and reboot your computer.

When your computer restart, press the Shift Key five times, and it will show Command Prompt.

Step 6. Change the Windows 10 password with the following command.

  • net user (username)/add
  • net localgroup administrators (username)/add

Then, restore the Utility Manager after you finish resetting your password. Just boot the PC from the bootable disc or USB, open Command Prompt, type copy c:\utilman.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe, press Enter and type "Yes".

Now, you can easily bypass Windows 10 password and log in with a new password.


This post has provides you with three useful ways to bypass Windows 10 passwords if you are locked out of Windows 10. Every method has its pros and cons. You can choose suitable solutions according to your needs. If you have data loss after unlocking Windows 10 passwords, you can turn to EaseUS data recovery software. This all-in-one data recovery software can easily restore deleted, formatted, and lost files, photos, videos, and documents.

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    Cedric Grantham is a senior editor and data recovery specialist of EaseUS. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization. …
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    Evan Galasso is a digital forensics and data recovery engineer with over 10 years of experience in the field. He presents opinions on the current state of storage media, reverse engineering of storage systems and firmware, and electro-mechanical systems of SSDs and HDDs.…
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