If you changed Windows 10 login password frequently or never used the computer for a while, then it is highly possible for the fact that you somehow forgot the password and not able to get into the computer. So you might think up a way to crack the password, right? How to do this without using any software?
As we all know, Command Prompt (CMD) is a powerful app on Windows to reset Windows password besides all those other tools out there. It is free and no need to install additional software to make it work. Over the course of this post, we will discuss how we can leverage Command Prompt utility to reset Windows 10 local admin password. It doesn't matter if the Windows 10 PC is locked or accessible. This method depends on the sort of Windows 10 account you have. In terms of a Microsoft account, you need a different approach than a local account does.
If you have forgotten Microsoft account password and were unable to reset it using Microsoft's online recovery procedures, the number one way is to make a new local account so that you can log in again in your Windows 10 PC. This process will also let you access all the local files in your Microsoft account.
When your Windows 10 PC is accessible as admin, you can easily run the Command Prompt and reset your local administrative password. Here's how to do that:
Step 1: Hit Win + X and choose Command Prompt (Admin) in the menu.
Step 2: Press Yes on the pop-up UAC window and run the Command Prompt as admin.
Step 3: Type "net user username newpassword" in the Command Prompt box to reset your local administrative password.
In case you forgot the Windows 10 password and are unable to access your computer, you can still reset your local admin password with command prompt. All you need is the help of Windows installation disc, which at times is referred as the setup or system recovery disc. Here's how to do that:
Step 1: Download Windows ISO and create a Windows 10 Bootable USB or DVD. Boot from installation USB or DVD and hit SHIFT + F10 to launch the command prompt.
Step 2 : Replace the file named utilman.exe using cmd.exe. But before doing this, make sure to create a copy of utilman.exe so you can restore it later on. Keep in mind that you can only restore this item if you boot once more from the Windows DVD. Windows 10 usually is installed on the C drive. You can verify this fact with:
move d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe.bak
copy d:\windows\system32\cmd.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe
Step 3 : Once you've replaced utilman.exe, you can take out the disk and reboot Windows 10 installation by using: wpeutil reboot.
Step 4 : On the Windows 10 sing in window, press the Utility Manager image. As we replaced the Utility Manager using the cmd.exe, Command Prompt should be launched now. Don't think much about the error message you get.
Step 5 : Now you can add another new user using the command line given below. You also need to add the user to the admin group so we can get back the full control of our Windows setup. Replace
net localgroup administrators
Step 6 : Press on the screen to make the sign-in page show up again. Your new account would appear, and you'll be able to sign in without any password.
Step 7 : If you did this on a local account rather than a Microsoft account, you'll be able to reset the password at Computer Management. Right-click your Start button, choose Computer Management, and find out to Local Users and Groups. Right click the local account and choose Set Password.
Keep in mind that to remove a password with this command line, it won't work on a Microsoft account. The only way of resetting a Microsoft account password is by using the online forms. That being said, aside from the CMD trick, there's another almost-effortless alternative to this method. Let's get down to that below:
I have to say most of people are scared to death when they saw the above steps. It is not easy for users who have not tried this before. You have to make a bootable Windows 10 installation and boot from it. Then open the command prompt utility and type unknown commands. Is there any easy solution for Windows password reset? As far as I know, there are many decent Windows password recovery available!
Out of the hundreds of Windows password cracking tools out there, PassMoz LabWin is the ideal one. It can remove and reset your computer almost instantly without any hassle. The main logic behind the software is that it completely breaks Windows computer password so you can log in without a password. PassMoz LabWin works faultlessly with all the Windows editions, from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and even with older ones like XP, NT, Vista as well. Here's how you can use it to crack forgotten Windows 10 password.
Download the software on a different computer that you have access to. Next, install the application there by following the on-screen instructions.
Enter a USB drive on your PC that contains 200MB free storage at the least and locate the drive name on your computer explorer. Next, click "Create Password Reset USB Flash Drive" and choose the drive name from the list you can see. It takes only 3-5 minutes to get the burning done. When it's done, take out the USB drive and put it in the password locked computer.
Typically, all the windows PCs are set to boot from the local hard drive. To boot from external drive, we need to change the boot order accordingly. You can do this in the BIOS settings or from boot menu by pressing special key at startup. Ensure that the first booting device should set to USB drive.
Restart the locked Windows PC, you will see it booting from USB and a while later PassMoz LabWin shows up on the main screen. Select the windows version you are using and the user profile name you registered your PC with. Then hit "Reset Password" and reboot your PC to use the computer as usual without entering any password.
Cracking Windows 10 password is not a big deal, right? In the future, make sure you have more than one admin accounts on your PC or keep a password reset disk just in case you forgot the password. However, if you fail to do that too PassMoz LabWin will always be there at your rescue. Do you know of any other easy and effective ways to reset Windows password? Let me know in the comments below.