Locked out of Windows 10 and No internet access to reset password

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  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 and Windows 8.1

    Locked out of Windows 10 and No internet access to reset password

    Hi, I recently upgraded from windows 7 to windows 10. I didn't realize it was going to mess with my log in credentials just to get into my PC. Well, I'm locked out of my PC. I can't log on, it just tells me when I enter in the PIN and the Password that "Your device is offline, please enter old password." I do that and it rejects it.

    I can't get internet access because I live on a college campus and the way they have it set up is you have to be logged into your computer before you can access the network.

    I tried "resetting my PC" and chose the option to delete all the data but no idea if that will work yet.

    I also tried reinstalling windows 7 from the CD, but I can't seem to get it to do that since I can't log in and get any kind of interface. I tried using the boot menu to boot from the CD (it's a retail version of windows 7.) but that doesn't work.

    What do I do here? Is my computer bricked? This is ridiculous.
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  2. Posts : 471
    Windows 10 Pro

    Have you got a Microsoft account? Is your Windows 10 account a local one or a Microsoft account? If it is a Microsoft account the login isn't the one from Windows 7 anymore, you have to enter the password from your Microsoft account.
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  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 and Windows 8.1
    Thread Starter

    I figured that much out considering it left my email that's attached to my microsoft account up there at the log in screen. But as I said, none of the passwords work.
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  4. Posts : 3
    Windows 10

    I have the same problem. Except I have another PC with which I have been able to change my Microsoft account password (twice now), yet when I have used these new passwords, neither of them work. Last night, after I completed the upgrade I had a quick look at Windows 10 and then shut it down. Today, I used the same password as I did last night and it's blocking me out. Painful. I will be thankful for any help!
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  5. Posts : 471
    Windows 10 Pro

    Well you could use the following method to reset the password:


    Or one of those: https://4sysops.com/archives/reset-a-windows-10-password/

    By the way, only took me approx. 30 seconds to google the above mentioned solutions. You could easily have done it yourselves
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  6. Posts : 3
    Windows 10

    I did use Google. One of the links directed me to this site.
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  7. aem
    Posts : 38

    Do you have access to another machine, if so this could be your last resort. Get yourself a copy and made CD bootable.

    Resetting Windows Password | HBCD Fan Discussion Platform
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  8. Posts : 1
    Windows 10

    I have the exact same problem !
    I can't log on if my laptop is offline even by typing the right password !!
    This is completely crazy ...

    I need to connect my laptop to the internet to finally be able to log in.

    Seriously ?
    What the *** is that ???
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  9. Posts : 1
    windows 10

    Ditto, will not accept my last password AND I and I am unable to connect to Wifi which I think may be the issue.
    Wifi not working due to an issue I believe I can fix if I could get into it. Okay so go in and fix that..right? Nope, need Admin rights and I cant login because of the password issue. Okay, screw it, go back to Windows 8.1. Nope, need to login as an Admin. Way dead in the water!
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  10. Posts : 10
    Windows 10

    Same problem

    Did anyone resolve this? I reset my Microsoft acct. password but still can't get to start menu. Says I am offline but am sure I am connected. Wifi is working ok for my tablet.
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