Technically, if you don’t have a username and password, you won’t be able to access your Windows 10 account. However, a workaround allows you to regain administrator control over your computer and reset your forgotten password to access your original account. In this guide, you will learn the steps to reset a forgotten password and recover your local account on Windows 10. (If you configured security questions to reset your password, then use these steps.)

Reset forgotten password on Windows 10

To regain access to your account after forgetting your password, create a Windows 10 USB media, and then use these steps: Once you complete the steps, you will regain access to your Windows 10 account.

In the command, we’re using C: because it’s usually the drive letter to access the hard drive after booting the device with USB, but you may need to play around to find the correct drive letter. You can confirm the location using the dir command. If the result shows the “Programs Files” and “Windows” folders, ” you’re on the right path.

It’s important to note that this method should work if you’re trying to reset the Windows 10 password from a local account without encryption. If you use any encryption, such as BitLocker, you will need the original password to access the account. Otherwise, you may lose your data. We’re focusing this guide on Windows 10, but you can use the same instructions on Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and older operating system versions. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.