Reset your Windows 10 local account password
If you’ve forgotten or lost your Windows 10 password for a local account and need to sign back in to your device, the below options might help you get up and running.
Windows 10 version 1803 and later
If you added security questions when you set up your local account for Windows 10, version 1803 or later, here’s how to reset your password.
On the sign-in screen, enter an incorrect password to open the option to reset the password. Select Reset password, answer your security questions, and then enter a new password. Sign in as usual.
Windows 10 before version 1803
For any version of Windows 10 earlier than version 1803, there are no security questions, and you will be unable to recover your password. We also are unable to recover your password. The next step is to reset your device so that you can choose a new one.
Reset your device to reset your password
Before resetting, you’ll want to back up your personal files. You can save them to a USB drive, SD card, or external hard drive, or you can save them in the cloud with OneDrive. For more info, see Backup and Restore in Windows 10.
For more about how to reset your device, see the reset your PC info in Recovery options in Windows 10.
Resetting your device will permanently delete data, programs, and settings.
Reset your Microsoft account password you use to sign in to your computer
On the sign-in screen, type your Microsoft account name if it's not already displayed. If there are multiple accounts on the computer, choose the one you want to reset. Below the password text box, select I forgot my password. Follow the steps to reset your password.
Troubleshoot problems signing in
If you're still having trouble signing to your account, see more solutions in Troubleshoot problems signing in.
Reset your password
If you’ve forgotten your Windows 10 password, see Reset your Windows 10 local account password.
If you've forgotten your Windows 8.1 password, there are several ways to retrieve or reset it:
- If your PC is on a domain, your system administrator must reset your password.
- If you're using a Microsoft account, you can reset your password online. For more info, see How to reset your Microsoft account password.
- If you're using a local account, use your password hint as a reminder.
If you still can't sign in, you must reinstall Windows. For Windows RT 8.1, contact your PC manufacturer.
More help with passwords in Windows 8.1
Reset your password
My computer is on a domain
- Select the Start button , select Control Panel, select User Accounts, select User Accounts, and then select Manage User Accounts.If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
- On the Users tab, under Users for this computer, select the user account name, and then select Reset Password.
- Type the new password, confirm the new password, and then select OK.
My computer is in a workgroup
- If you type the wrong password when you attempt to log on, Windows displays a message that the password is incorrect. Select OK to close the message.
- Select Reset password, and then insert your password reset disk or USB flash drive.
- Follow the steps in the Password Reset wizard to create a new password.
- Log on with the new password. If you forget your password again, you can use the same password reset disk. You don't need to make a new one.
If an administrator resets your password, you might lose access to some of your files.
Change your password
- Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete, and then select Change a password.
- Type your old password followed by a new password as indicated, and then type the new password again to confirm it.
- Press Enter.
If you are logged on as an administrator, you can create and change passwords for all user accounts on the computer.
If you use an administrator account to change a password for another account, any encrypted files or e mail messages for that other account will no longer be accessible to the person who was using that account.