1.    29 Jun 2016 #1
    Join Date : May 2016
    Posts : 4
    Windows 10 - Home Edition 10586

    PW incorrect after switching to PIN logon - Bug? - Recovery options? -

    Hi all,

    A couple months ago I switch my Windows account (local - Admin) password to a PIN.

    I recently attempt to re-institute a password but, when asked to enter my password, was notified that it was incorrect. I have tried many different passwords as well as the current PIN used to logon.

    I'm almost certain that the PW I'm entering is correct... I realize this may be a common problem (forgetting the PW after having used a PIN for a while) but I use a PW manager (Kneepass) so it was and is recorded in that database. Additionally, I've used the same Windows logon for ages and am not in the habit of changing it (never have to my memory).

    Are there any known bugs with respect to changing over to a PIN and subsequent PW problems?

    What is the best method for me to recover my account? A the moment the only method I can imagine would be to create another user (admin) account and copy my data over.. (will this work? any tips or things to look out for?)

    Thanks so much! This is my first post but I've been a long-time reader and love the tutorials!


    - the account in question is a local account
    - no PW recovery disk was every made
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  2.    06 Jul 2016 #2
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Posts : 1,648
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1607 Build 14393.105

    Hello James,

    I'm not aware of any bug and I have used PIN and password interchangeably. A new account (make sure it is made up to an Admin account) is probably the best way to do it and should work fine. Once everything is transferred you can delete the old account.
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  3.    07 Jul 2016 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 5,898
    Windows 10 Pro

    Once you have a new user account created with administrator privileges, I don't think you have to copy over all the data. Just go in and change the password on your original user account. Options 3-5 here:

    Password of User Account - Change in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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