Windows 10: How can I find the password for my Windows 10 laptop? Solved

  1.    05 Feb 2018 #1

    How can I find the password for my Windows 10 laptop?


    I have a Win10 tower and a Win10 laptop. Both are set to boot into Win10 without having to enter a password. I'm the only user for both PCs.

    I want to transfer a file from the laptop to the tower. I used to be able to open File Explorer on the tower and then in the left pane I see this:

    Network
    ... Spin3
    ... XPS8900

    So I click "Spin3" to access the shared folder on the laptop. Now it's asking me to enter the password for the laptop. I forgot the password for the laptop.

    As mentioned, the laptop boots into Win10 without having to enter a password. Since I'm in Win10 and have full access on the laptop, is there a way I can find the password for the laptop?
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  2.    05 Feb 2018 #2

    Try this TenForums tutorial: Reset Password of User Account in Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials . It should steer you in the right direction. If it doesn't get you back into that machine, post again here and provide more information about what's going amiss or awry.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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  3.    05 Feb 2018 #3

    EdTittel said: View Post
    Try this TenForums tutorial: Reset Password of User Account in Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials . It should steer you in the right direction. If it doesn't get you back into that machine, post again here and provide more information about what's going amiss or awry.
    HTH,
    --Ed--
    Hi Ed,

    I tried the instructions in the link to reset the password for a local account. I checked "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer" (step-1), and selected the Spin3 name (step-2). But for step-3, the "Reset Password" button is grayed out.

    Anyway, I screwed up in my original post. When I click the "Spin3" name (actually mo-spin3), the window that pops up is actually asking to Enter network credentials". Here's the popup:

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    So my question really should have been, how do I find my network credentials password?
    Sorry for the confusion,
    mck
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  4.    05 Feb 2018 #4

    Try the registery this is for a domain but username/password are the same you may need to create a new user as admin first so you can role back if you cock up Set up Windows to Auto Login to Domain Account | Password Recovery
    Last edited by Brink; 05 Feb 2018 at 18:02. Reason: updated link
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  5.    07 Feb 2018 #5

    mck said: View Post
    Hi Ed,

    I tried the instructions in the link to reset the password for a local account. I checked "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer" (step-1), and selected the Spin3 name (step-2). But for step-3, the "Reset Password" button is grayed out.

    Anyway, I screwed up in my original post. When I click the "Spin3" name (actually mo-spin3), the window that pops up is actually asking to Enter network credentials". Here's the popup:

    (((Graphic deleted to save bandwidth)))

    So my question really should have been, how do I find my network credentials password?
    Sorry for the confusion,
    mck
    I found a solution to my problem. What I did was:
    1. Open Network & Sharing Center on the laptop.
    2. Click "Change advanced sharing settings"
    3. Expand the "All Networks" item.
    4. Change "Password protected sharing" from On to Off.


    Now when I click my laptop name in File Explorer > Networks, it just shows my shared folder without asking for a network credentials password. This is how it used to work before.

    Hope this helps others,
    mck
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  6.    08 Feb 2018 #6

    Thanks for posting your solution. Glad you found a workaround. I confess, I misunderstood what you were trying to achieve. Sorry to wave a red herring at you!
    Best wishes,
    --Ed--
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  7.    08 Feb 2018 #7

    EdTittel said: View Post
    Thanks for posting your solution. Glad you found a workaround. I confess, I misunderstood what you were trying to achieve. Sorry to wave a red herring at you!
    Best wishes,
    --Ed--
    Hi Ed,

    No, I had not correctly stated my symptoms in my first post. So no red herring on your part.
    Thanks for taking the time to help,

    mck
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 

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