Reset your Windows 10 local account password


  • If you forgot your Microsoft account password, follow these steps.
  • If you don’t have a Microsoft account and forgot your local account password, you can’t recover it. Instead, you’ll need to reset your PC. 
  • Note: If you’re using Windows 10, version 1803, and added security questions to your local account to help you reset your password, select Reset password on the sign-in screen. (This link appears after you enter an incorrect password.) Then enter the answers to the security questions and choose a new password.
  • Warning: Following these steps will remove all of your data, programs, and settings.
    • Start your PC and select the Power  icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the lock screen.

    • While holding down the Shift key, select Restart.

    • On the Boot options menu, select Troubleshoot > Reset this PC > Remove everything.

    • Your PC will restart and will reset itself.