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If you have forgotten or lost your Windows 10 password for a local account and need to log back into your device, the following options can help you get started.
There are many ways to bypass a lost Windows password, but one of the easiest ways, provided there is more than one user on your computer, is to simply change the password from another account.
Before resetting, you must back up your personal files. You can store them on a USB stick, SD card or external hard drive, or store them in the cloud with OneDrive.
Using the command line
First, open an administrator prompt (provided you have administrator rights). To do this, type cmd in the Start menu. Right-click on the Command Prompt entry and select Run as Administrator.
Type the following command and press Enter to display all users on your system:
Note the name of the account for which you want to change the password, then use this command. Replace USERNAME and NEWPASS with the current username and new password for the account. If the username is more than one word, you must put it in quotation marks:
net user USERNAME NEWPASS
net user “USER NAME” NEWPASS
After pressing Enter to execute this command, you receive a message indicating that it has been successfully executed. You can now log in to this account with the new password.
Password management for your local accounts
Reset-LocalAccountPassword.ps1 asks you to confirm your password, can reset passwords to a local account other than the integrated administrator account and supports other credentials. Add the Reset-LocalAccountPassword.ps1 script to your toolbox and take control of local account passwords on your computers.
- Shut down your virtual machine. Locate the virtual machine file in the Finder.
- Right-click on the virtual machine file -> Show package content.
- Opening a virtual machine hard disk with Parallels Mounter
- Determine the virtual hard disk mounted in the Finder. Navigate to *C:\Windows\System32*.
- Rename the file Utilman.exe to Utilman.original.exe.
- Rename cmd.exe to Utilman.exe.
- Remove the virtual hard disk from the Finder.
Changing the password for the local user account under Windows 10 via the Control Panel
To change passwords in Windows 10 using the Control Panel, you must be logged into your Admin account or any user account with Admin privileges. This will allow you to change the password for all user accounts on your computer.
- Click the Windows Start button, scroll through the list of applications, and then click Control Panel in the Windows system folder.
- On the Control Panel screen, make sure you are in Category view, then click User Accounts.
- On the User Accounts screen, click the Manage Another Account link.
- On the Manage Accounts screen, click on the user account for which you want to change the password.
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