It will happen to you. You’ve installed Windows on a second computer, haven’t used it for a while, and now you’ve forgotten your Windows 10 or Windows 11 password. It’s not insurmountable in itself, but it gets even more exciting when it comes to your single admin account. Fortunately, there are still options. Let’s see how we can solve this problem.

A good password manager like LastPass, DashLane or KeePass X is already a good tool. With it, you can easily remember all passwords for Windows, Wi-Fi and all kinds of online services and applications. Unfortunately, many users find such a tool complicated or dislike having their passwords tracked online. Therefore, they continue to rely on their own memory. Until this suddenly puts them in a difficult situation. In this article, we explain how to get through such a painful moment in different scenarios.

Windows accounts

There are basically two types of Windows accounts. The first is the local account associated with the PC, which is normally kept only on this computer. The second is a Microsoft account. This, like many other services, consists of an email address and a password. The biggest advantage is that you can log on to multiple computers and everything is automatically synchronized via the cloud.

To find out what type of account you’re signed into Windows with, in Windows 10 Settings and choose you Calculates your information. Here you will also find the option to switch to another account type: via Sign in with local/Microsoft account instead. You can create new accounts from this window or create a Microsoft account through it. Sync your settings Decide which tracks you want to keep in sync across your different devices.

Even if you are using Windows 11 go to Settings app then Accounts and then Your information. below Account settings You can then switch to a different account type just like in Windows 10.

Microsoft issues a warning if you want to switch to a local account.

Microsoft account

If you’ve forgotten your password, the account type doesn’t matter. Let’s say you have a Microsoft account. To do this, go to Enter your email address here and click Next. A different window will open depending on the data you previously linked to this account. For example, you can specify how you want to receive a security code for verification, for example, via email, text message or phone message. This way you can set a new password.

Other option, you choose I don’t have any of these data. Now enter the e-mail address where you can be reached at that time. After filling the captcha, Next. A little later, you will receive a code at this address, which you entered in the window.

Print To approve and answer some questions. It may take some time for Microsoft to send you an automated email. This indicates whether you have entered enough information to make your account accessible again with a different password.

You will receive a confirmation code at a different email address.

password reset disk

Recovering the password from a local account is usually more difficult. This is very useful if you have created a pseudo password reset disk before. You do this as follows. Sign in with a local account, insert a USB stick into your PC, press the Windows key, Configuration and start the application Control Board on.

Then click twice in succession user accounts and select or search Create a password reset disk. Wizard Forgotten Password Start. Print NextGo to your USB stick and Next. Enter your current password, again . Next (2x) complete with and Complete.

If you later lose your password, leave the password blank in the Windows login window and press the arrow button behind the password field. confirm with OK and Select reset password. Scroll Using a password reset disk insteadso the magician reset password visible.

Plug the encrypted USB stick into your PC and click. Next. Hover over USB stick, press Next, enter a new password (2x) and provide a reminder. You will see the second one when you enter an incorrect or blank password the next time you log in. End with: Next and together Complete.

With luck and some caution, your password reset disk will be ready.

Security questions

Of course, it could be worse: you don’t have a password reset disk, and the reminder doesn’t give you a second memory. Then there is still hope. If you’re running Windows 10 1803 or later, you answered a series of security questions when creating your account. Think about questions about your pet’s name and what your nickname was when you were a kid.

When logging in, enter an incorrect or blank password. then click reset password and you can still enter a new password for your account after you answer three questions correctly.

You can also set these security questions at any time from: Settings, Accounts, Login options. Click here password and on Update security questions. After selecting and answering three of them, confirm with . Complete.

I hope you remember the answers to (three) security questions.

Login options

In addition to a classic password, you prefer to work with other login options in Windows 10 or Windows 11. For example, a PIN, picture password, biometric authentication such as a face or fingerprint, or a physical security key.

If you really use one or more of these extra options, you can click on it. Login options Click it. You can still register later via one of the options set. If you have successfully registered, you can still change the forgotten password to admin. Any time you want one or more of these options, if available on your device. Settings, Accounts, Login options.

You can also sign in to Windows in other ways.

Additional admin

If none of the above methods help you, there is one last useful way out. At least if you (or any other user) can log in with another administrator account. When you are logged in as an administrator, you can easily change another user’s password.

open it Control Boardclick user accounts (2x) and select Manage another account. Select the relevant account, change password and enter a new password (2x) and a reminder. Or open windows start menu, right click command prompt and Select Run as administrator. Then issue the following command: User . So it will be something like: net user ComputerTotal !Secret123.

An administrator can always change another account’s (forgotten) password.

Changing cheats with Bootstick

Unfortunately, you don’t really like it. You forgot your password, you have no password reset disk and no additional login options. You don’t have any security questions (answers) and you don’t have a second admin account. Fortunately, even in this extreme situation there is still a way out.

However, there are few options other than booting your computer from a live boot environment. This can be a Linux distribution like Linux Mint or Ubuntu, but also with a Windows installation stick. Let’s start with the second one.

Boot your PC from the USB stick. Enter language, country and keyboard, press Next and Select Reset your computer, Solving problems ( Advanced options), command prompt. Here you issue the following two commands: cd a:\windows\system32 a:. relocate a: each time with the correct letter of the drive with your Windows installation (in our example D:). If this is true then issue both commands below rename utilman.exe utilman.bak and Copy cmd.exe utilman.exe.

Now restart your PC. We assume you are running Windows 10 1809 or newer. In the login window you will see the button at the bottom right Accessibility on. When you click it, the expected tool (utilman.exe) will not start, but a command window (cmd.exe) with full administrator rights will open. Indeed, our toll trick handled this nicely.

Enter at command prompt User on. It will show you a list of user accounts. Now all you have to do is change the password of the forgetful user with the command mentioned earlier: User .

With the right commands, a cunning switch trick happens.

Media Creation Tool

Navigate here to create a Windows setup bar. Click here Download the utility now. Launch the application and select Create installation media (USB stick, DVD or ISO file) for another PC.

click Next and uncheck if necessary Use the recommended options for this computer if you yourself Tongue, version and Architectural wants to set. Plug a (blank) USB stick into your PC and Next. To choose USB flash drivespecify the correct bar and confirm with Next. Next, your bar is ready to go.

With a free tool from Microsoft, you have set up a bootable setup stick.

Hiren’s BootCD PE

If you prefer not to use the key trick in this article, you can still try with a recovery stick like Hiren’s BootCD PE. Download image file HBCD_PE_x64.iso and turn it into a boot stick with your favorite tool.

We like to do this with the free, portable Ventoy. Place the stick on your PC, launch Ventoy, look at the stick and hit Install. Then you just need to copy the downloaded iso file to the stick, in the section called Ventoy.

Then start your PC from this bar. If all goes well, a slightly simplified Windows 10 environment will start. open the start menu, All programs, Security, Passwords and Select NT Password Editing. Bee The way to SAM point you to the \ folderC:\Windows\System32\Configuration on your Windows partition. Open the sam file here and select the desired account.

click Change PasswordTo leave New Password and verify blank and confirm with OK, Save Changes and exit. You can now log on to Windows with this account without a password. Of course, you only use this procedure in an emergency.

Distribution Hiren’s BootCD PE has a reset tool on board.

Source: Computer Totaal

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