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How to Reset Password of Local Account or Microsoft Account in Windows 10

information   Information
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.

Note   Note
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 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






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 with Password Reset Disk

Note   Note
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

warning   Warning
You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this option.

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. 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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That's it,
Shawn