Windows password stopped working


  1. Posts : 761
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
       #1

    Windows password stopped working


    I normally use my PIN, rarely my PASSWORD. I have just discovered Windows is refusing to accept my Password even though it is the latest and written down. Fortunately the Pin is still OK, but as the Password is necessary in some situations I need to change it to something which will be accepted. But the CHANGE PASSWORD procedure asks for my 'old password' first, so I am in a Catch22 dilemma.What do I have to do?
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  2. FreeBooter's Avatar
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    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
       #2

    Open the Command Prompt with administrative privileges, execute the following command to change your user account password.

    Code:
     Net User  %username%  *
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  3. Posts : 761
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks for the reply. This is the response I get:

    The syntax of this command is:NET USER[username [password | *] [options]] [/DOMAIN] username {password | *} /ADD [options] [/DOMAIN] username [/DELETE] [/DOMAIN] username [/TIMES:{times | ALL}] username [/ACTIVE: {YES | NO}]

    What do I do in response to this?
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  4. FreeBooter's Avatar
    Posts : 4,351
    Windows 11 Pro 64-bit
       #4

    You need to copy and paste the command i have given you.
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  5. Posts : 761
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #5

    I have done that, and get the response as above ie. nothing which tells me how to change the password. Perhaps I am being slow to grasp what is required
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  6. Try3's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1348
       #6

    Change the password using Option 5 of
    Change passwords of Local and MSAccounts - TenForumsTutorials
    You will recognise its Step 4 but might prefer its Step 3.

    This method will not require use of the old password.

    Denis
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  7. Posts : 1,738
    Windows 10 Pro 21H1 19043.1237
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    clayto said:
    I have done that, and get the response as above ie. nothing which tells me how to change the password. Perhaps I am being slow to grasp what is required

    This command line works successfully for me. Why don't you post a screenshot of your results? Or, if you prefer, follow the tutorial that Denis has posted.

    Windows password stopped working-0905-cmd-change-user-pw.jpg
    Last edited by W10 Tweaker; 05 Sep 2021 at 10:17. Reason: grammar
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  8. tomdsr's Avatar
    Posts : 313
    10 Pro
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    clayto said:
    I have done that, and get the response as above ie. nothing which tells me how to change the password. Perhaps I am being slow to grasp what is required

    When you copy it, make sure you are getting the * at the end also

    FreeBooter said:
    Open the Command Prompt with administrative privileges, execute the following command to change your user account password.

    Code:
     Net User  %username%  *
    You can also just type it in. putting it in bold so it can be seen easier. There is one space between the % and the *. Missing the star is causing the "The syntax of this command is".....

    Net User %username% *
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