Forgotten Password


  1. Posts : 519
    Windows 10 Build 1809
       #1

    Forgotten Password


    Windows 10 version 1909.

    Is there any way I can determine what the password for my Microsoft Account and Office 365 Account is? When I sign in it accepts the 8 dots in the password field and i wind up in the this forum as I expected. I really don't want to reset my password unless necessary.

    Of course I wrote the password down years ago but can't find it. :)
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  2. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.928
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    No.

    There should not be any relationship between your MSAccount password and your password for this forum.

    I write user account passwords down on a piece of paper that I keep inside one of those dog nametag cylinder things attached to my main keyring -
    Here's a [UK] link for ID tags https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pet-Barrel-.../dp/B00DEB1JVQ There are lots of available choices but I bought ones that, like these, have a slot in the bottom for me to swing off so I can be confident they won't come apart accidentally while I'm out & about.


    Denis
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  3. Posts : 519
    Windows 10 Build 1809
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    Try3 said:
    No.

    There should not be any relationship between your MSAccount password and your password for this forum.

    I write user account passwords down on a piece of paper that I keep inside one of those dog nametag cylinder things attached to my main keyring -
    Here's a [UK] link for ID tags https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pet-Barrel-.../dp/B00DEB1JVQ There are lots of available choices but I bought ones that, like these, have a slot in the bottom for me to swing off so I can be confident they won't come apart accidentally while I'm out & about.


    Denis
    Thank you.

    Sorry, I was not clear about which one I meant. The password to my Microsoft Account is what I should have made clear.
    My forum password I remember and can also find where I wrote it down.
    Last edited by JJG10; 09 Feb 2020 at 10:49. Reason: Incomplete reply
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  4. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 7,534
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.928
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    How stupid of me.

    If you are logged in to your computer on a local user account for which you do know the password, and
    if you have logged in online to your MSAccount, and
    if you told your browser at the time to save the password, then
    look in Control panel, Credential manager for your login.live entry, click on the down arrow to expand the entry and click on Show next to the Password field to see it in plain text.

    Denis
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  5. Posts : 519
    Windows 10 Build 1809
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    Try3 said:
    How stupid of me.

    If you are logged in to your computer on a local user account for which you do know the password, and
    if you have logged in online to your MSAccount, and
    if you told your browser at the time to save the password, then
    look in Control panel, Credential manager for your login.live entry, click on the down arrow to expand the entry and click on Show next to the Password field to see it in plain text.
    Denis
    OK, Thanks. What if I am logged in via a MS Account? Same instructions apply?

    Thanks again.
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  6. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 7,534
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.928
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    No, the method requires you to put in the password for the account that you are currently logged in to your computer with and that is the data that you do not have.

    Denis
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  7. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
       #7

    When I sign in it accepts the 8 dots in the password field
    The dots and sometimes the asterisks are camouflage to hide the actual characters, prevents anyone looking over your shoulder or using a camera to copy the actual password.

    Some login panels may have an eye/eyebrow at the right end of the dialog box that when clicked/held will show momentarily what was typed, useful when typed data doesn't work right.

    Also, the number of dots or asterisks may or may not correlate to the actual number of characters in a password.
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  8. Posts : 519
    Windows 10 Build 1809
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    Try3 said:
    No, the method requires you to put in the password for the account that you are currently logged in to your computer with and that is the data that you do not have.

    Denis
    Thank you, Dennis. I decided to go ahead and changed my password.
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  9. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 7,534
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.928
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    I understand.

    And you've written it down somewhere accessible yet secure. Well done.



    Denis
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