Windows 10: Help needed changing Windows account password!


  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Anniversary Update
       26 Feb 2017 #1

    Help needed changing Windows account password!


    Hi

    When i went to log on to my Windows account on my laptop this afternoon it told me my password was incorrect. I tried again and again and again without success. I am completely puzzled by this because i have used the same password for years, and there are only about 4 or 5 variations of it that i also sometimes use, all of which i of course tried. Anyway, i then thought i'd see if i could log on to my account using a password reset disk (this was the option given when i clicked on "forgot my password") but this didn't work as you need to have already created a password reset disk which i do not. I eventually managed to log onto Windows using the fingerprint scanner my laptop has but i don't like using this method of logging on as i find it can be a bit hit and miss whether it actually works properly and would much rather go back to using a password. So after googling how to create a password reset disk i began the process, but now i am completely stuck as it requires you to enter your current password! To say i am frustrated/pissed off would be an understatement!

    Any help finding a way around this problem would be greatly appreciated!
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 28,469
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 17643
       26 Feb 2017 #2

    Hello kindakooky, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    If you have another administrator account on the computer, you could use option 3, 4, or 5 in the tutorial below change the password of your account while signed in to the other administrator account.

    Password of User Account - Change in Windows 10

    Otherwise, you could use an option in the tutorial below to reset your password.

    Password of User Account - Reset in Windows 10

    If you don't have another administrator account to use, you could enable the built-in Administrator account to use, and disable it afterwards when finished.

    Administrator account - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  3. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Anniversary Update
    Thread Starter
       26 Feb 2017 #3

    Brink said: View Post
    If you don't have another administrator account to use, you could enable the built-in Administrator account to use, and disable it afterwards when finished.

    Administrator account - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
    Hi Brink, thanks for the quick response.

    I decided I would try this option since I don't have another administrator account. I have now activated the built-in Administrator account but I can't access it as it asks for a password!

    To make matters worse, I now can't sign in using my fingerprint either as the stupid reader didn't recognise my fingerprint too many times and it's blocked Windows Hello "due to too many sign-in attempts." Apparently you can unblock it by signing in with your PIN, but I don't remember ever setting one up.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 6,389
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       26 Feb 2017 #4

    By default the built-in Administrator account should have a blank password. Try logging in without entering a password.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

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