How To Reset Windows 10 Account Password From PC Login Screen


Have you forgotten or lost your account login password to your Windows 10 PC? If yes, you have nothing to fear because Microsoft is making easier for Windows PC users to reset their password with version 1709 of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. There is now the option to reset your account password right from the lock screen.

NB: This option does not work for a local account, except a Microsoft account. In fact, the option is not visible for a local account.

Reset Your Windows 10 Account Password

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Click ‘I forgot my password’ shown on the login screen and located under the password input field.

Type in the correct email address associated with your Microsoft account. Ensure you type in the correct email address if you have more than one account. Verify the Captcha code to prove you are human.

The next screen will prompt you to choose the recovery address and you’re expected to complete the hidden part of your recovery email address. You will be directed to if you have not setup a recovery email.  You will need to use the link to recover your Microsoft account.

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 Check the recovery email on your smartphone or another computer and look for the code in the email. Go ahead to type in the code into the input field shown on your screen to verify your identity.

After you have done the above, you will go through some additional steps until you get to where you will be required to type in a new unique password. Do this and click Next to proceed. After getting “password change was successful” message, you will be redirected back to the login screen. Enter the newly created password and regain full access to your Windows PC.

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This new feature enables and makes it easier for Windows 10 PC users to reset their account password. It is worth mentioning that this will automatically change your Microsoft account password everywhere like on Outlook, Bing and other Microsoft services that you use the account with. So it is only the new password that will work.


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