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    Reset Password of User Account in Windows 10

    How to Reset Password of Local Account or Microsoft Account in Windows 10
    Published by Category: User Accounts
    12 Sep 2018
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    How to Reset Password of Local Account or Microsoft Account in Windows 10


    If you have a local account on the PC, then your Windows password is what you use to sign in to your user account in Windows on the PC.

    If you have a Microsoft account, then your password is what you use to sign in to online Microsoft services and Windows on PCs and devices that you use the same Microsoft account on.

    You can help keep your PC or device more secure by changing your password regularly and by using a strong password. If you forget or lose your password, there are several things you can try to change, reset, or remove it.

    This tutorial will show you different ways to reset the password of your or any local account and Microsoft account in Windows 10 and online.

    If your PC is on a domain, your system administrator must reset your password.

    If you had set Windows to automatically sign in to a local account at startup that you just changed, reset or remove the password of, then you will need to set Windows to automatically sign in to the local account at startup again to update it with the new password.

    A Microsoft account password can only contain up to 16 characters.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: To Reset Password of your Local Account at Sign-in with Password Reset Disk
    • Option Two: To Reset Password of any Local Account in Netplwiz
    • Option Three: To Reset Password of your Microsoft Account Online at Microsoft
    • Option Four: To Reset Password of your Microsoft Account at Sign-in
    • Option Five: To Reset Password of your Local Account at Sign-in





    Reset Password of User Account in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Reset Password of User Account in Windows 10
    To Reset Password of your Local Account at Sign-in with Password Reset Disk


    If you created a password reset disk for your local account and forgot your password anytime afterwards, then you can use the password reset disk to create a new password for your local account.

    You can only use a password reset disk for the local account that it was previously created for.

    1. Click/tap on OK after entering an incorrect password for your local account on the sign-in screen. (see screenshot below)

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    2. Connect the USB flash drive that is your password reset disk.

    3. Click/tap on Reset password. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Select the USB flash drive that you connected in step 2 above, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    6. Type in a new password and password hint, and click/tap on Next. You can leave the password fields empty if you wanted to remove your password. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

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    Reset Password of User Account in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Reset Password of User Account in Windows 10
    To Reset Password of any Local Account in Netplwiz


    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option. If you don't have another administrator account, then you can enable the built-in Administrator account to sign in and use to reset the password of the other account.

    This option should only be used if the local user has forgotten his or her password, and does not have a password reset disk.

    For security reasons, Windows protects certain information by making it impossible to access if the user's password is reset. When an administrator changes the password of another user's local account on the PC, that local account will lose all EFS-encrypted files, personal certificates, and stored passwords for Web sites or network resources.

    1. Type netplwiz in the search box in the Start menu or on the taskbar, and press Enter.

    2. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    3. Check the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer box, select a local account (ex: Brink_2), and click/tap on Reset Password. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Type in a new password, and click/tap on OK. You can leave the password fields empty if you wanted to remove the password. (see screenshot below)

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    5. If you had set Windows to automatically sign in to a user account at startup, then you will need to set this again.

    6. When finished, you can close netplwiz if you like.






    Reset Password of User Account in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Reset Password of User Account in Windows 10
    To Reset Password of your Microsoft Account Online at Microsoft

    1. Go to the Microsoft account password reset website and go to step 3 below, OR go to the Sign in to your Microsoft account website and go to step 2 below.


    2. Click/tap on the Can't access your account link. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Select (dot) why you can't sign in to your Microsoft account, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Enter the email address of your Microsoft account, type in the characters you see, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Select how you would like to get your security code to verify your identity, and click/tap on Send code. (see screenshots below)

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    6. Enter your security code sent using the method you selected in step 5 above, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    7. If you have two-step verification turned on for your Microsoft account, repeat step 5 and step 6 above one more time using a different method to send you a security code. (see screenshot below)

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    8. Type in a new password, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    9. Your Microsoft account has now been recovered and reset with the new password. Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    Reset Password of User Account in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Reset Password of User Account in Windows 10
    To Reset Password of your Microsoft Account at Sign-in


    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 16237.

    You must be connected to the Internet to be able to do this option.

    1. Click/tap on the I forgot my password link for your Microsoft account while on the sign-in screen. (see screenshot below)

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    2. You will now see the screen below for Just a moment. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Enter the characters you see, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Select how you would like to get your security code, enter the required information, and click/tap on Send code. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Enter the code you received from Microsoft, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    6. If you have two-step verification turned on for your Microsoft account, you will need to select how you would like to get a security code one more time. Enter the required information, and click/tap on Send code. (see screenshot below)

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    A) Enter the code you received from Microsoft, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Enter a new password you want for your Microsoft account, and click/tap on Next.

    Passwords for a Microsoft account must have at least 8 characters and contain at least two of the following: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

    You must create a password that you haven't used before. To help protect your account, you need to create a new password every time you reset or change it.

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    8. Your Microsoft account password has now been reset and changed. Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    9. You can now sign in to Windows 10 with your Microsoft account using the new password. (see screenshot below)

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    Reset Password of User Account in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Reset Password of User Account in Windows 10
    To Reset Password of your Local Account at Sign-in


    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 17063.

    If you already have a local account, you can add security questions. If you are installing a new PC using a local account, setup will walk you through adding these questions and answers right there in the workflow. Once your security questions are set up, if you find yourself unable to remember your password on the sign-in screen, you will see a link to reset your password, whereupon clicking you’ll be prompted to enter the answers to your security questions.

    1. While on the sign-in screen for your local account, enter an incorrect password, and press Enter or click/tap on the arrow. (see screenshot below)

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    2. Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Click/tap on the Reset password link. (see screenshot below)

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    4. Type the answers to your security questions, and press Enter or click/tap on the arrow. (see screenshot below)

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    6. Enter a new password you want for your local account, and press Enter or click/tap on the arrow. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Your password will now be reset, and you will now be signed in to Windows 10.


    That's it,
    Shawn


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  1. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,695
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18277
       10 Jul 2017 #1

    Update:

    Starting with Windows 10 build 16237, you can now reset the password of your Microsoft account on the sign-in screen in Windows 10 using the new Option Four in this tutorial. :)
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  2.    13 Sep 2017 #2

    Note   Note

    Passwords for a Microsoft account must have at least 8 characters and contain at least two of the following: uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
    Actually I noticed this depends the location you pick when you create your account.

    MS accounts ending in .com (i.e. US) are more restrictive in terms of password complexity than .ae or .hu where you can pick any old password you want. Not sure if it an oversight on their part or some character set issue.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,695
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18277
    Thread Starter
       13 Sep 2017 #3

    Interesting. Thank you. :)
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  4.    30 May 2018 #4

    Are you forced to provide answers to those security questions if you set up a local administrator account in a clean install of 1803? I thought it was supposed to be optional, but some people are saying that they were forced to do it.
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  5. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,695
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18277
    Thread Starter
       30 May 2018 #5

    Hello Ground Sloth,

    I'm afraid it does require you to now select and answer the security questions when adding a local account in Windows 10 v1803.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  6.    31 May 2018 #6

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Ground Sloth,

    I'm afraid it does require you to now select and answer the security questions when adding a local account in Windows 10 v1803.

    What's Microsoft's rationale for making this a requirement? They've already tricked most Windows users into thinking that they have to sign in to Windows with their Microsoft accounts. (I was one of those people.) Now they want users to compromise the security of their local accounts by providing truthful answers to those "security" questions.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,695
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18277
    Thread Starter
       31 May 2018 #7

    Microsoft added the requirement to be able to use Option Five in the tutorial to reset the password from the sign-in screen.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  8.    31 May 2018 #8

    Brink said: View Post
    Microsoft added the requirement to be able to use Option Five in the tutorial to reset the password from the sign-in screen.

    Yes, I know. But why make it a requirement? If you answer the questions truthfully, you will be compromising the security of your local account.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  9. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 33,695
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18277
    Thread Starter
       31 May 2018 #9

    Without the questions, there would be no way to verify if it's you when resetting the password on the sign-in screen, so they just made it a requirement.

    It's basically the local account's version of the Microsoft account's two-step verification.

    However, if you don't use a password for the local account, you won't have any questions.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 
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