If you ever lose or forget your Windows login password, this post will show you different ways to reset your password on a Windows 11/10/8/7 computer.
Reset your Windows 11 or Windows 10 password
If you are not logged on to a domain, you can reset your password using a password reset disk or using an administrator account.
How to create a password reset disk
To create a password reset disk, follow these steps:
- Insert removable media.
- Open User Accounts clicking start clicking control panel clicking User Accounts And family safety and then click user accounts.
- In the left pane, click Create a password reload the drive and follow the instructions. Make sure you keep your password reset disk in a safe place.
The steps you need to follow to reset your Windows password will differ depending on whether your computer is in a domain or in a workgroup.
Reset domain user password
If you have forgotten your Windows password and are in a domain, you should contact your system administrator to reset your password.
If your computer is in a domain, do the following:
Because your computer is in a domain, only your network administrator can reset your domain password. To reset the password for the local user account (an account that provides access to a computer but not to a domain), follow these steps:
- Open User Accounts clicking start clicking control panel clicking User Accounts clicking User Accounts and then click Manage User Accounts . If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, enter the password or provide confirmation.
- Under Users, under Users for this computer, click the user account name, and then click reset password.
- Enter a new password, confirm the new password and click OK.
ADVICE. You can reset your Microsoft account password on the login screen.
Reset workgroup password
If your computer is part of a workgroup, follow these steps:
If you forget your password, you can reset it using the password reset disk for your user account (or the password reset information stored on a USB drive). If you do not have a password reset disk, you will need to ask someone with an administrator account on your computer to reset your password for you.
If you enter an incorrect password when you try to log in, Windows will display a message stating that the password is incorrect.
- Click OK to close the message.
- Click reset password and then insert a password reset disk or USB flash drive.
- Follow the instructions in the Reset Password section to create a new password.
Sign in with a new password. If you forget your password again, you can use the same disk to reset your password. You don’t need to make a new one.
If you forget your administrator password and do not have a password reset disk or another administrator account, you will not be able to reset your password. If there are no other user accounts on the computer, you will not be able to sign in to Windows and will need to reinstall Windows.
Therefore, it is extremely important that you create a password hint when you create it! This hint can help you remember your Windows login password. You can also use some third party free password recovery tools. This post about Windows password recovery provides some more tips.
PS: See how you can reset your admin password with Sticky Keys.