In this brief guide, we are going to share how to reset local admin password from a Windows 10 PC. As you know by now, all Windows 10 services are accessible through the main Microsoft account. It's essentially a shared ID that anyone can use to log in on all the company's services, starting with their main Windows OS to other utilities such as the Outlook account or the Xbox One user. Many people, however, choose to create a local admin on their computers, one that is directly related to the hardware in question and has no relation to other Microsoft products. If that was your case, and you lost the login password, this guide is right up for you.
Using "command prompt" is very tricky. If you don't know what you are doing, you could do some real damage to the coding infrastructure of the computer. If you don't feel tech-savvy enough to pull this off, call someone who feels comfortable working in this environment. It's pretty easy, but you should follow all the steps described in below part.
Step 1: Look for a Windows 10 installation disk and boot up the computer from it. Before you do this, make sure that your PC is configured to boot from the disk drive. This can be changed in the BIOS setting screen. Also, make sure that the UEFI feature and Secure Boot are both disabled.
Step 2 : Press SHIFT + F10 to open the window of command prompt.
Step 3 : Now comes the tricky part: you need to replace the file named "utilman.exe" with a "cmd.exe" Before you do it, make sure to copy the "utilman.exe" file to restore it later. This is the most important part since you will only be able to restore this file if you boot again from the Windows 10 disk. The default location of Windows 10 is on the main drive (usually named "C"), if you boot from a disk you need to pick the disk drive (Usually named "D"). If you are not sure about the location, you can verify this information using this command: "dir d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe."
Step 4 : If the system fails to find the "utilman.exe," try other letters until you find the correct drive. After you replaced "utilman.exe," remove the Windows 10 installation disk and reboot your computer.
Step 5 : You will be taken to the Windows 10 sign-in page, and here you will need to click on the "Utility Manager" icon. Since you just replaced the utility with a cmd.exe file, a command prompt will open now. An error message will pop up, don't pay attention to it. Now you will be able to add a new user using this command:
net localgroup administrators
Step 6 : A new admin account was added to the computer. Now eject the installation disk and reboot the computer. The new user will appear on the login screen. Click on it, which leads you to the desktop. And you can reset password of other accounts in Control Panel.
Something to consider before closing this part: If the drive was encrypted by EFS protocols, you will not be able to access the device by using this method.
Command Prompt is too challenging for most of Windows 10 users, who don't know the commands in advance. People are prefer GUI programs like Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop, etc. Actually, we can do this with thid-party Windows 10 password reset tool. And PassGeeker for Windows is one good example from the recommendation list. It is used to regain access to locked admin accounts on all versions of Windows that are currently supported by Microsoft. The steps are much more clear and simple!
Step 1: Run the program once it's installed, the software will ask you to create a booting disk from a specific storage option (CD/DVD or USB drive). Choose your preferred method and click on the "Burn" option.
Step 2: When the boot device is finished, you go to the locked Windows 10 computer and power it up as you press F5 multiple times to access to the BIOS boot settings. Take a look around on the main menu, to find the option to switch boot devices. Remember that the standard setting is your HDD, you have to change it to the boot drive you just burned.
Step 3: After you are done, place the USB drive or the disk on the locked Windows 10 PC and hit enter. Reboot the computer, and PassGeeker for Windows will run automatically and offer a screen with options that can be followed to grant you access to your Windows 10 computer. Simply click "Reset Password" button to unlock the computer.
It takes around one hours to successfully reset Windows 10 password with CMD. However, only 5 minutes is spent with PassGeeker for Windows. Basically, it is 10X faster than command and is much more safe than command prompt.