How to Recover or Reset Forgotten Windows Passwords

How to Recover or Reset Forgotten Windows Passwords


If you’ve lost or forgotten your Windows password, there are ways to retrieve it. You can accomplish this whether you’re on Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10, even if you’re not an administrator. Once you recover a Windows password and solve the immediate issue, you can learn to prevent the problem from happening again. This article shows you how to retrieve, restore, and prevent lost passwords.

Login and password do not match.” Oh no! If your day starts with a message like this, you’re in for a bad time. Maybe you forgot your password. Perhaps you have recently changed your Windows password and can’t remember the new one. Or you pulled an old PC out of storage and cannot recall its login details. It happens to the best of us!

How do I find my Windows password?
First of all, a strong password is highly recommended — quickly generate one here. If you’ve forgotten your computer password or can’t remember your Windows password, the bad news is that there aren’t any super-easy ways to retrieve it, unless you’re using a Microsoft account to log in. The following steps walk you through the process for (hopefully) successful password recovery, going from the easiest to the hardest things to try.

If you use Windows 7, you may be out of luck, unless you previously created a password recovery disk — which we address later in this piece.

On the other hand, Windows 10 users are in a good spot. The new operating system practically forces you to sign up for a Microsoft account during the installation process. If you’ve got either a Microsoft account or a reset disk, it’s very easy to recover a password, with a few options at your disposal.

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