Windows Local Account lost password

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  1. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 x64 Home
       #1

    Windows Local Account lost password


    I'm sure this gets asked a lot, but I can't find exactly what I'm looking for.

    A few months ago, my mom bought a laptop from Dell. She set it up with 2 local accounts, with her as the only admin account, and now she's forgotten the password.

    All the information I've found requires you to either have made a password recovery disk, or have a windows recovery disk. Her computer didn't even come with the windows recovery disk, so she has neither. I can still log into the second account, but it's not admin so I can't do anything.

    Losing the data on the computer is fine at this point; she didn't really have much, and I can backup what she did have. But again, I don't have a recovery disk so I'm not sure what to do.

    Thanks for any help!
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  2. Posts : 6,916
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       #2

    Welcome to the forum. We cant help cracking passwords but if its a dell you normally have either a recovery partition or an option to create dvds what is model number?
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  3. Posts : 1,614
    Windows 10 Home
       #3

    Goring forward, both of you nice folks keep a written log of exact usernames and passwords locked or hidden in a drawer somewhere.
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  4. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 x64 Home
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Dell Inspiron 15 5558.

    I tried to make a system recovery disk using the windows utility, but you have to be admin to do that.
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  5. Posts : 61,554
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       #5

    Hello Keirathi, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    That's ok. You should still be able to do OPTION ONE in the tutorial below to reset Windows 10 at boot.

    Reset Windows 10

    You could use step 4 in OPTION TWO below to boot to advanced startup to then follow the tutorial above to reset.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...a.html#option2
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  6. Posts : 3
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    Thread Starter
       #6

    Alright. Yea I booted into the menu before and saw the Reset option, but I wasn't sure if that was going to require a recovery disk. Hopefully it doesn't.
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  7. Posts : 13,576
    Windows10
       #7

    This works

    How to Reset Your Forgotten Password in Windows 10

    Start at section

    Create a New User to Save Account Files


    You can use any winpe disk that gets to a command prompt eg a windows 7/810 install disk, or a Macrium Recuse drive (I use this as).

    You can even use iso from this forum

    Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums
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  8. Posts : 61,554
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #8

    Keirathi said:
    Alright. Yea I booted into the menu before and saw the Reset option, but I wasn't sure if that was going to require a recovery disk. Hopefully it doesn't.
    It won't require a password to reset Windows. :)
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  9. Posts : 4
    Windows
       #9

    In general, the threads recommended by Google are highly correlated , but i can not found any answers on here .
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  10. Posts : 61,554
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #10

    Hello @haskery, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    If you mean to reset a password, then you could try an option in the tutorial below that's available for you.

    Reset Password of User Account in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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