How to Log In to Windows if you Forgot your Admin Password
We all exist in a digital world now. From your mailbox to social media accounts, mobile phones to computer, everything requires a password. There are times when you create super strong passwords, but at some point, you may not be able to recall it no matter how hard you try. The stress of losing or forgetting your password is even more significant if it was your computer’s password. However, there’s still hope since you can get into your system and access all of your data again using two different methods as described below.
Using a Microsoft Account:
If you’re using Windows 10, then you can use this method to access your computer even if you forgot your password. Your computer is linked with your Microsoft account, and the password for your email is same as the one you use to log in to your computer.
- From a different device open the password reset page for Windows 10.
- Enter your Microsoft Account and then click on ‘Reset your password’.
- Now the next box will give you three options asking ‘How would you like to get the security code?’
- You can answer the security questions that were setup already at the time when you created the account
- Another option is that you can get a verification code on your alternative email address.
- Once you have created a new password, you can use it to access your Windows computer.
Using a Windows recovery disk:
If you have not set up a Microsoft account, then there is another option to gain access to your computer. For this method, you have to create a Password Recovery Disk. You can use a CD/DVD or USB flash drive. The steps to follow are mentioned below.
- Insert your USB drive or CD/DVD into your system.
- In the Windows Cortana search box, type ‘password reset’ and select the option ‘Create a Password Reset Disk.’
- A box will appear which says ‘Forgotten Password Wizard.’ On this box, click on ‘Next.’
- Now select your recovery drive and then click on ‘Next.’
- Once the wizard finishes creating the recovery disk, click on ‘Finish.’
As you have the recovery disk ready with you, it can be used to login to your system.
- Insert the recovery disk into your computer.
- On the Welcome screen of your system, you will see an option ‘Reset Password’ right below the password field.
- When a box ‘Password Reset Wizard’ appears, click on ‘Next.’
- Now select the drive where your recovery disk is located.
- In the next step, you can type your new password and password hint.
That’s it. You now have access to your computer. If you haven’t done so already, be sure to create a Windows 10 Recovery Disk to ensure you can access your computer in case of system failure.