If you’re unable to log in to your computer, chances are that you may forgot Windows password. Under such circumstances, you may think reinstalling Windows is the only option to get rid of the password. Actually, there are server proven ways that can help you reset forgotten Windows 10, 8, 7 password easily.


Method 1: Password Reset Disk

The proactive ways of preventing a forgotten Windows password is to write down the password or make a password reset disk. If you have created a reset disk before you forgot your password, then you can reset the password from Windows login screen:

Step 1: When you are on Windows login screen, enter an incorrect password and you’ll see the option to Reset password. Just click it.

Step 2: This will open the Forgotten Password Wizard. Insert your password reset disk and click Next.
Step 3: Select the device your password reset disk is located on, and click Next.

Step 4: Enter in the new password and password hint. Click Next.

Step 5: You’ll get confirmation that your password has been reset. You should now be able to log on with the account using the new password!

Method 2: Reset Microsoft Account Password

If you’re running Windows 10 or Windows 8, you may use a Microsoft email account for signing in to your computer. In case you forgot the login password, you can reset it online from any other devices:

Step 1: Visit the Microsoft account password reset page: https://account.live.com/password/reset in your browser, and then select the ” I forgot my password” option and click Next.

Step 2: Enter in your Microsoft account email address and the CAPTCHA. Click Next.
Step 3: In order to reset your password, you need to have a security code sent to your recovery email address or phone. Once you receive the code, enter it in the textbox and click Next.
Step 4: Enter the new password and confirm it. Click Next.

You can now log in to your Windows 10/8 Microsoft account with the new password!

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Method 3: Reset Local Admin Password

If you forgot Windows admin password and have no password reset disk, PCUnlocker can help in such a situation. This software is developed by Top Password, which lets you reset or bypass local account password, access your locked or disabled account, and promote limited account to an administrator on Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP.

Step 1: Download PCUnlocker program (.zip archive) from a second PC. When you unpacked the zip file, you’ll see it contains an ISO file called pcunlocker.iso. Burn that file to your USB flash drive (or CD) using the freeware ISO2Disc.

Step 2: Now you need to boot your locked PC from the USB drive you just created. Restart the computer and press a special function key (F12, DEL, ESC, F2, etc.) to tell your computer to boot from USB instead of the hard drive.
Step 3: When PCUnlocker loads, it will display a list of local accounts found on your computer. Choose your admin account and click the Reset Password button.

Step 4: That will clear the password. Remove USB and restart the system. After Windows comes up you’ll be able to login without typing a password!

Wrapping Up

With these proven ways you can solve almost 90% of forgotten Windows password issues experienced in everyday life. Once you gain admin access to your Windows installation, you can create a password reset disk or have PCUnlocker as a backup. The next time you’re locked out of your computer, you can use them to reset forgotten Windows password shortly.

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