If you’ve forgotten the password of your Microsoft account and been locked out of your Windows 10/8 computer, you have to reset Microsoft account password in Windows 10.
Microsoft accounts are commonly used to log on (sign in) to Windows 10 and Windows 8 computers, the Windows phone devices, the Windows Store, Xbox video game systems, Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail.com), Skype, Office 365, OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive), and more other services by Microsoft and partner websites.
If you reset your Microsoft account password, you change the password used for all of the above sites and services you use for your Microsoft account.
Microsoft account or local account?
Now this is a common problem a lot of people get confused with Live accounts and local accounts.
The Local account password is stored on the computer that you’ve set up a local account. In case you’ve forgotten the local account password, it’s easy to bypass Windows 10 password with the reset software I described before.
Microsoft Live account password is not stored on the computer like a local account. So if you forget your Microsoft Live account password and cannot log into Windows 10, you will have to reset the password by going to account.live.com password reset, or using a Windows Password Genius software.
If you forget your Microsoft account password and cannot log into Windows 10, you can reset the password from another computer, tablet or any mobile device that has internet access.
Follow the steps as below to change your Microsoft account password for Windows 10.
Method 1: Change Microsoft account password on Windows 10/8 with account.live.com
1. From another computer, phone, or device, open a web browser and go to account.live.com password reset.
2. Then select “I forgot my password”, and then click Next button.
3. Here you should enter your e-mail, phone number, or Skype name originally associated with your Microsoft account.
4. Type the characters shown, and then select Next.
5. If prompted, choose how you want to receive your security code.
6. Then verify your information, and then select Send code.
7. Check your email account or phone for the security code you received, copy and paste into security code box, and then click Next.
8. Then type a new password and confirm it, then select Next to continue with resetting.
9. Now you’ve changed Microsoft account password, and you should remember the new password.
10. At last, make sure your Windows 10 computer is connected to the internet, and then use your new password to login.
Method 2: How to Reset Microsoft password for Windows 10 without email
If you’ve forgotten both of your Microsoft account email and your password, you should first retrieve your email address, then reset your password. It’s time-consuming work. So here I recommend a third-party Windows password reset software – Windows Password Reset, the utility to reset or remove Windows 10 forgotten password and create a new administrator account without data loss on the locked computer.
Step 1. Burn Microsoft password reset to create a bootable CD (USB)
In order to reset the Microsoft account password for Windows 10, the first work you should have to do is burning Windows Password Genius full version into a bootable USB or CD on an accessible computer. Then boot from your locked Windows 10 computer from bootable USB or CD, and reset your forgotten Microsoft account password on Windows 10 that is locked.
What you should prepare:
- Windows Password Reset – Passper WinSenior
- Removal device, “USB Flash Drive” or “CD/DVD”.
- An accessible Windows computer
Create a Window Password Reset Disk
- First, insert the removal device into the accessible computer.
- Next, choose media device type you, “USB Flash Drive” or “CD/DVD” to create the password reset disk.
- Now select the inserted burning device from the drop-down list. And click the Begin burning button.
- When the successful message pop up, click OK and you will get a bootable Windows 10 password reset USB (CD).
Step 2. Boot the locked Windows 10 computer from bootable USB or disk
Then, in the following steps, let me reboot the system and I’ll show you what we’re gonna do to boot the locked computer from USB password reset disk or CD/DVD password reset disk.
1. Insert the bootable USB (or CD/DVD) you’ve just created into your locked Windows 10 computer.
2. Choose your computer type or brand to know which key you should press to enter the Boot Menu.
Even though it is straightforward to enter the boot menu, it varies across computer brands.
3. Start or restart the computer, when you see the vendor screen, quickly press the BOOT Menu Key (F12 or F10 sometimes) repeatedly until the Boot Options Menu appears. If you miss the time to enter Boot Memu or the Boot Menu doesn’t appear, check How to Enter BIOS & Enter Setup Utility.
4. After that, you can see the screen that lets you select the brand of your CD/DVD/USB with the arrow keys from the list on the Boot Menu and click Enter.
Note: Some brands of CD/DVD/USB are not listed, but you will see phrases including USB, CD, or DVD, for example, USB Storage Device or CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive. If you use a USB flash drive to create a Windows password reset disk, select USB Storage Device. If you use a CD or DVD, choose CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive.
5. The interface of the Windows password reset program will appear. Select the operating system of your locked computer to start removing/resetting your Windows passwords or deleting/creating your Windows accounts.
Step 3. Reset Microsoft account password without email
When you successfully boot from the disk with Windows 10 password reset, you can see the software you’re going to use. After pushing enter, you can see Passper WinSenior starts to load up on the locked computer. OK, so now we can see the reset Windows password wizard window as below.
1. Select “Reset Windows Password” from the list on the interface. Then, click the “Next” button to proceed.
2. Select the user account for which you want to reset a password and click Next. Enter the new password for the target account and click Reset.
3. A notification will inform you that you’ve reset the password for the account successfully. Click Reboot Computer. Eject the CD/DVD/USB flash drive and click Reboot Now to confirm that you want to reboot the computer. When the computer powers on, use the new password.
Here you can also add a new account to your Windows 10 computer. To do that, just click “Add User” button to add a new local account to your computer.
Apart from resetting Windows passwords, Passper Winsenior can also remove Windows user and admin passwords, as well as delete and create user accounts on Windows 10/8.1/8/XP/Vista with ease, just by selecting the corresponding task “Remove Windows Password“, “Delete Windows Account“, or “Create a Windows Admin Account“.