Windows 10 Microsoft Account replaced the local account

  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10

    Windows 10 Microsoft Account replaced the local account

    I've created a dummy email account for outlook but little did I know the microsoft email links to the Windows 10.Now I cannot reset my password + I don't know the password and I'm locket out of Windows 10. I've installed Windows 7 and I can access the win10 files.Is there a way I can fix this?
    Thanks in advance
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  2. Posts : 93
    Windows 10

    Hi Winexe,

    If you don’t know the password you assigned to it, that Microsoft Account will forever hold your local account locked.

    Luckily, your dual boot setup can save you here. You might not be able to login to your account again but you can recover your files and settings easily enough by activating the builtin Administrator account on the Windows 10 portion and using that account to access your files and delete the secured Microsoft Account.

    1. Boot into Windows 7.
    2. Locate and delete “\Windows\System32\sethc.exe” on the Windows 10 file system.
    3. Make a copy of “\Windows\System32\cmd.exe“ (on the Windows 10 file system) and rename it to “sethc.exe”.
    4. Boot into Windows 10.
    5. On the user logon screen, press the shift key 5 times in succession. A Command Prompt should open on the logon screen.
    6. Enter net user Administrator /active into this Command Prompt.
    7. Reboot and at the login screen the Administrator account will become available.

    You can now use this Administrator account to recover your files under “C:\Users”.
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  3. Posts : 343
    Windows 10

    The thing about MS account you can change the password on any device it's not tied to a specific device. Typically to change a PW you will be given options to have a code texted to your phone or email. You don't even have to be in Windows to change your Windows password. When you create a MS account it and the password are stored on MS servers.
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  4. Posts : 61,836
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations

    Hello @winexe, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    You should be able to use Option Three in the tutorial below to reset the password of your Microsoft account.

    Reset Password of User Account in Windows 10 - Windows 10 User Accounts Tutorials
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  5. Posts : 2
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    @Brink i've tried with metod 2 but the only user there is my windows 7 account
    @Pyprohly i've tried to delete the file but it won't let me even with ownership and full control to it.When i try to delete it i get the following Windows 10 Microsoft Account replaced the local account-untitled.jpg
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  6. Posts : 61,836
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations


    If you wanted to reset the password for your Microsoft account, you would need to use option 3 instead.
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