Windows 10: Windows 10 log in forgot password

  1.    15 Dec 2017 #1

    Windows 10 log in forgot password


    When I log into Windows 10, I have always used a four digit pin. Today the system said my password has expired, and I would need to reset it and then be able to use my pin again. My system is set up as a user account, and not set up with my Microsoft account information. Since I forgot the password, how can I log into my system?

    I did some searching on this, and found some instructions utilizing the installation CD to open a command prompt. When I went to start copying files, I got a message about the file not able to be copied and the C drive is system reserved.

    Is there anyway I can log in to my system?

    Alternatively, I could get a new hard drive which I could use it anyway for extra storage and set up as new drive, and transfer my data from old drive to new drive. My challenge with this is that I have the windows eight installation desk, and did the free online upgrade to windows 10. How can I re-install windows 10 since I did it online back when it was offered for free? Also, how do I transfer all my user files, loh in files, programs, desktop icons etc to new drive? I guess I can just copy the desktop icons, and then set their properties to point to the program files on the D drive, which is the drive that would have all the programs and data files, etc.

    Thank you!
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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 10,553
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       15 Dec 2017 #2

    Hi mickeddie.

    In this tutorial, Option 5 you can enable the built in administrator to reset your user password.

    Enable or Disable Elevated Administrator account in Windows 10

    If you wnat to copy your data off you can create Kyhi's recovery disk, boot from it and then use Windows to perform the copies.

    Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk

    If you want to re-install Windows you get the software from Microsoft, its free. This tutorial shows you how to do a clean install and where to get the software.

    Clean Install Windows 10

    Any questions please ask. Kyhi's recovery disk is a keeper, comes in real handy for numerous jobs.


    Ken
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  3.    15 Dec 2017 #3

    Thank you Ken. Iíll work on this tomorrow.
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  4. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 10,553
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       15 Dec 2017 #4

    Great. I'll be off and on tomorrow but there are lots of very knowledgeable members. The important thing is to get your data. OS's can be rebuilt.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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