Windows 10: Win 10 password....Win 10 pin Solved

  1.    01 Jan 2017 #1

    Win 10 password....Win 10 pin

    I have been logging on for some months using my Win 10 pin to logon to my laptop. However a short time ago, on bootup, I was asked my password, and, guess what, I can't remember. I know my user/pin, and my logon has Administrator rights.

    My laptop was bought from Dell with Win 10 Pro pre-installed.

    After I was asked for my password, I rebooted and was then asked for my pin instead of my password, so I am back online (to you).

    Do I have a long term issue? Do I need to find my lost password?

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  2. Posts : 30,660
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17713
       01 Jan 2017 #2

    Hello Doug, :)

    When you are on the sign-in screen, you should have a Sign-in options link that you can click on to select how (PIN, password, etc...) you would like to sign in.

    Sign in to Windows 10

    However, I would recommend to change or reset your password in case you may need it in the future.
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  3.    01 Jan 2017 #3

    Once you've signed in as @Brink has suggested, I would then change the password to something you can remember. Don't just rely on the pin alone.
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  4.    05 Jan 2017 #4

    Many thanks to Brinka and Swarfega,
    Sorry for a late reply. I am old and ailing
    Your help has been valuable.
    Here is what I have learned:
    Microsoft seems to have hijacked my login. The password that had always (I know now) was my Microsoft password. How did MS wriggle its way into my logon? Next: At login, Win10 often reset itself to a different keyboard layout. How? I have no idea. I am normally US International Keyboard and it was somehow resetting to English UK keyboard.

    I am happy now, with your help, to call this fixed.
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  5. Posts : 30,660
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17713
       05 Jan 2017 #5

    I'm glad to hear that you got it sorted Doug.

    You may have accidentally switched to a Microsoft account while signing in to the Store.
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