If you consider yourself to be the only one who is forgetful to lose the admin account of your computer, then leave a breath of sigh and relax for it happens with everybody. Yes, it does happen with most of the users who use their computers on a daily basis. The basic reason for that is not using the particular account for a longer period or to simply copy paste the password from elsewhere and to lose the very document which it contains. So it is quite natural.
But yeah for a moment you might have to take a lot of troubles at your doorway as you won’t be able to access any of your documents, data, worksheets, images, videos for the time being. But its not going to be forever if you know how to break through the barrier and to unlock the locked account even without recalling the forgotten password.
The article here is all about that as it would teach you how to unlock the admin account without the password.
Just continue reading to know the methods in details.
Method #1: Bypass Windows 10 admin Password with Startup Repair and CMD on login screen
This method is a bit different than the one which involves the direct command authentication using command line interpreter like CMD and startup repair tool to reset the forgotten password for the locked account. Rather this method would bypass the login screen allowing you to directly access the account instead of resetting the password. The steps for the method are as follows:
Step 1. Start your computer and when the computer shows the “Windows Starting”, press the “Home” button for few minutes to force the power off the desktop.
Step 2. Now the next time you turn on your computer, you will be shown two basic modes to start the computer with, either “Launch Startup Repair (Recommended)” and “Start Windows Normally”. Choose the first option if you have forgotten your admin password.
NOTE: When “Startup Repair” turns up, it might ask you to restore your computer several times. Simply click “Cancel” button and proceed.
Step 3. Startup repair would try to analyze the issue and after sometime would notify you with a dialog “Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically”. Click on “View problems details”.
Step 4. Click the last blue link to view the Microsoft’s offline privacy statement in notepad.
Step 5. Click on “File” menu and then “Open” option from the menu. change the “File of type” to “All files” and browse to C:\windows\system32\sethc.exe. Rename the file as a backup file like “sethc-copy”.
Step 6. Find out the “cmd.exe” file in the same folder and rename it with “sethc.exe”.
Step 7. Now close all the windows and click “Finish” and the computer would restart.
Step 8. Now when the login screen appears, press the “Shift” key 5 times in a row and cmd black dialog box would appear.
Step 9. Once the cmd box turns up, the system would restart again, but this time there would be no password inquiry.
- The method is complicated for the beginners.
- It is an outdated method which might not be compatible with all the newly launched versions of Windows OS.
Method #2: Reset Windows 10 Password using Microsoft Account
Actually in Windows 8 and 10, Microsoft account is a default account type option to choose from. So in case you have used your Microsoft account earlier to encrypt your admin account, then by merely changing the password from any accessible computer would do the job instantly. Follow the steps to actuate the method:
Step 1. Go to the following link: https://account.live.com/password/reset from any browser.
Step 2. Choose “I forgot password” and then click “next”.
Step 3. Enter your associated email-ID and mobile number and click “Next”.
Step 4. Choose either an alternate email-ID or mobile number to receive your one time password (OTP).
Step 5. Enter the security code as it remains valid for only 15 minutes after you receive it.
Step 6. Now, set a new password for your Microsoft account and confirm the modifications.
Step 7. Restart your computer and in the login screen enter the newly created password.
- If you don’t have a Microsoft account then this method would not work for you.
- If you have lost your linked email-ID then you would not be able to receive the OTP and the method would not work at all.
Method #3: Bypass Windows 10 Password using TunesBro WinGeeker
There are dozens of third-party tools available on the internet market which mostly promises a lot of hippies but fails to live up to the expectations in due time. But TunesBro WinGeeker Ultimate is one such password recovery tool which guarantees you 100% result as the statistics proclaims. It has served more than thousands of users across the globe and the positive feedback of the users give an impetus to its usage.
TunesBro WinGeeker Specifications:
- No internet connection is needed.
- It supports all the Windows OS, such as Vista/ XP/ 7/ 8/ 10.
- It is compatible with all sorts of hard drives, SSD, HDD, SATA, RAID, NTFS, etc.
- It endorses UEFI based computers as well.
- Lifetime upgrade facilities are available.
Things to prepare before using TunesBro WinGeeker Ultimate tool:
- An accessible computer.
- TunesBro WinGeeker Program file.
- A bootable disk with minimum of 500 MB storage capacity.
The steps to use TunesBro WinGeeker Ultimate tool:
Step 1. Download the program and install it on a separate working computer.
Step 2. Launch it with admin rights and from the main interface screen, select the “USB or CD/DVD” option as the media type.
Step 3. Insert your USB stick into the computer and click “Burn USB” option to burn the ISO image files into the USB drive and wait until you receive the notification “Burning successfully!”. Click “Ok” to finish the procedure.
Step 4. Eject the loaded bootable disk and insert it into the locked down computer and boot from it. Go to the BIOS menu and set the bootable drive as the priority device to load the files into the locked computer.
Step 5. Once the files are loaded into the locked computer click “Reset Password” and “Reboot” one after another to finish the process.
Your computer will restart but it wouldn’t ask you for any password the next time it turns on.
Resetting locked computer’s password is not that a difficult to job to pull off. All that you need is few basic expertise and computer handling skills to accomplish the task. The methods mentioned above are sufficient enough to help you out with your issue. So if you are satisfied with the contents of this article, visit our website to gain more knowledge on relevant topics.