If you forgot or lost your password for Windows 10, Windows 8.1, or Windows 7, you may be able to change or reset it. To get started, choose your version of Windows from the Select Product Version drop-down menu.
If you already know your current password and want to change it
Select Start > Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options . Under Password, select the Change button and follow the steps.
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. For more info on local standard vs. administrative accounts, see Create a local user or administrator account in Windows 10.
Windows 10 version 1803 and later
If you added security questions when you set up your local account for Windows 10, then you have at least version 1803 and you can answer security questions to sign back in.
After you've entered an incorrect password:
- Select the Reset password link on the sign-in screen. If you use a PIN instead, see PIN sign-in issues. If you're using a work device that's on a network, you may not see an option to reset your password or PIN. In that case, contact your administrator.
If you don't see security questions after you select the Reset password link, make sure your device name isn't the same as your local user account name (the name you see when you sign in). To see your device name, right-click Start in the taskbar, select System, and scroll to the Device specifications section. If the device name is the same as your account name, you can create a new administrator account, sign in as an administrator, and then rename your PC (when you view your device name, you can also rename it).
- Answer your security questions.
- Enter a new password.
- Sign in as usual with the new password.
Windows 10 before version 1803
For versions of Windows 10 earlier than 1803, local account passwords can't be reset because there are no security questions. You can reset your device to choose a new password, however this option will permanently delete your data, programs, and settings. If you've backed up your files you'll be able to restore your deleted files. For more information, see Recovery options in Windows 10.
To reset your device, which will delete data, programs, and settings:
- Press the Shift key while you select the Power button > Restart in the lower-right corner of the screen.
- On the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot > Reset this PC.
- Select Remove everything.
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.