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How to reset forgotten Windows 10 password of local or Microsoft account

It’s definitely not fun whenever you forgot Windows 10 password and you can no longer access your computer. Using the methods mentioned in this article should solve your issue.

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Forgot your password and can’t sign into Windows 10 any longer? Don’t worry! You are not the only person who has experienced password loss. People are constantly locking themselves out of their personal laptops or computers by forgetting the password. In this tutorial, we’ll show you 3 simple ways to reset forgotten Windows 10 password for local & Microsoft account.

Method 1: Reset Forgotten Microsoft Account Password Online

Microsoft account is an online account that you use to sign into Windows 10 device, Skype, Office 365, OneDrive or other Microsoft services. If you forgot your Microsoft account password and you’re locked out of Windows 10, you can reset it from the login screen or using another computer.

Step 1: Once you’ve entered your incorrect password on Windows 10 login screen, click the “I forgot my password” option below the password field.

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Step 2: Type the Microsoft account email address you’re trying to recover. Enter the captcha, then hit Next.

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Step 3: Select a security verification method (alternate phone number or email address) to receive a one-time code.

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Step 4: After you enter the code on the next screen, you’ll be able to make a new password.

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Once you’ve completed the steps, try to sign in to Windows 10 with the new password and you’ll once again be back in your Microsoft account.

Method 2: Reset Forgotten Local Account Password via Security Questions

The best part of Windows 10 is that you can add security questions to a local user account so that you can reset it whenever you forgot the password. Let’s walk you through the steps to reset forgotten local account password from Windows 10 login screen via security questions.

Step 1: After entering the wrong password once,  you can click the “Reset password” option appeared underneath the password field.

Step 2: Answer the three security questions and press Enter. Be sure to enter correct answers.

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Step 3: Type a new password and press Enter.

Step 4: Now you can log in to Windows 10 local account with your new password.

Method 3: Offline Tool to Unlock Windows 10 Local / Microsoft Account

If you can’t reset a forgotten Windows 10 password with the methods above, then you need a bootable disk to unlock your local / Microsoft account. I like using PCUnlocker Live CD because it is super easy to use.  Save time and hassle from having to bring your PC to a repair shop.

Using PCUnlocker you can get back into your Windows 10 computer in just a few minutes, no matter how complex your forgotten password is. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Download the ISO image of the PCUnlocker utility, and burn it to a CD or create a bootable password recovery USB drive. ISO2Disc is fantastic freeware for this purpose.

Step 2: Boot your locked computer with the CD or USB drive you just created. Make sure the BIOS is set to boot from the correct drive, either CD or USB depending on where you burned the ISO image to.

Step 3: When you get to the PCUnlocker utility after booting, you’ll see the users on the computer contained in the SAM file. Just find the user you’re locked out of, select it and then click on the Reset Password button.

Step 4: Repeat the above step to reset forgotten passwords of other users. After that click on the Restart button and remove the CD or USB drive. Remember that you have to restore the boot sequence in the BIOS and let your machine boot from the internal hard drive first as normal.

Step 5: Congratulations! You can now log in to your Windows 10 account with the updated password. That’s all there is to it!


It’s definitely not fun whenever you forgot Windows 10 password and you can no longer access your computer. Using the methods mentioned in this article should solve your issue. If you have any questions or other ways to do this better then please comment below.

Chris has been blogging since the early days of the internet. He primarily focuses on topics related to tech, business, marketing, and pretty much anything else that revolves around tech. When he's not writing, you can find him noodling around on a guitar or cooking up a mean storm for friends and family.

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