It is a common incident that we set a password for our Windows PC and forgets them. When we want to access out PC by entering a password, thinking that it is correct, we suddenly realize the fact that we entered a wrong one. But you don’t have to worry. Recovering your account password in Windows 10 is almost easy and is similar to that of Windows 8. Here with the help of this article I would like to explain various methods by which you can re-access your account and also certain methods by which you can access the important details of some of the users to the PC.
Using Password Reset Tool
This is what most of us depends on when we forget the password of our PC. We depend upon the Standard Password Reset option which is offered at Microsoft’s Password Reset Website. By accessing the website, you will be able to see a window with the question, Why can’t you sign in and you will be provided with three options. From the three options you have to select the option that says, I Forgot My Password. After that you have to click on the Next Button. Then you will be welcomed by common procedure of verifying that you are the original user and confirming the same. Normally if you have a registered to the account with an email or a cell number, a secret code will be sent to them. You have to open the email or message in the handset and enter the same in the space provided.
Generate a New User to Protect Account Files
Suppose if the above process didn’t worked as expected then you can try this method to re-access your account. But this process is quite lengthy and confusing. First of all you have to boot the Windows 10 by altering the boot order in your BIOS which will take priority with the help of CD or by utilizing an ISO just like startup disk. When the setup starts you have to press Shift+F10. This will initiate a Command Prompt. Here onwards we will be using Utility Manager at login screen with cmd.exe with the help of succeeding commands:
move d:\windows\system\utilman.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe.bak
copy d:\windows\system32\cmd.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe
When the process is completed, we have to use the command wpeutil reboot and then restart the machine. When you get back to the login screen, you have to select Utility Manager. If everything goes smooth you will be able to see a cmd.exewindow on your screen. This is where you have to make a fresh administrative user. Then you have to enter the following commands, substituting <username> and so on.
net localgroup administrators <username>/add
After entering the details as above, you have to close down the prompt and reboot your system. When it is opened again you will be able to see the new user log-in with the name that you provided in the prompt. Enter the system from that user account and immediately after entering, you have to right click the Start Menu and from there click on Computer Management. Then you have to go to Local Users and Groups. From there you have to go down to the account that is affected and click on the right button on your mouse. From there you have to select Set Password and then select the new set of credentials to gain access to the account that has been locked.
Point to be noted is that this option will be effective only to recover those accounts which are meant to be signed-on locally. Suppose if you want to get Microsoft Live Account password back, then you may have to get it back with the help of online forms explained above. You don’t have to worry even if the online recovery service is not functional as expected. The user will be able to acquire the files that are being saved in the particular account by going to the folder C:\Users and by selecting the appropriate folder from there.
Last Resort – Call Microsoft
When all the options fails, you can still regain the account by communicating with the representative of the Microsoft company itself. When you call the technical help at company’s help centre, you will be asked the same questions that you encountered while creating your account. When you failed to answer these questions the representative will automatically transfer your call to another call, where they uses various kinds of verification tools which will vary from informations regarding the span of period of using the account, list of specific names in your contact list and so on. If you are able to answer atleast any two of these questions then you will be send a temporary unlock code with the help of which you can access the account.
You can prevent the above by taking some smart steps. One is to create a Backup Password Reset Disk, with the help of Windows Default Programme. Secondly you prevent the above hasty steps by utilizing the benefit of Windows PIN Feature, with the help of which you can add a PIN Code to the account of your’s in place complex normal alphanumeric password. You will be able to find the steps to be followed to add PIN from Accounts Section in Windows 10 Settings folder. With the help of this you can set either the card number of your debit card or credit card as your PIN instead of those complex alphanumeric codes.