How to reset laptop without a password

Reset laptop without password

How to reset a laptop without a password? If your PC or laptop doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor or camera that supports Windows Hello, you’re probably still using a password or PIN to sign in.

Now that Microsoft has forced many users to use a Microsoft login instead of a local login, it’s easier to lose track of your last password because you are likely to change it more often.

Either way, all is not lost. There are a few things you can try before considering a full Windows installation.

The purpose of this article is to help you gain access to a personal PC that you have been banned from.

But first, make sure you haven’t accidentally pressed Caps Lock. You may be entering the correct password, but the uppercase and lowercase letters are reversed. Since passwords are case-sensitive, they are not recognized. Also, on a laptop, make sure the Num Lock key is off, which could mean you’re typing numbers instead of letters. Below are tips to follow on how to reset laptop without a password

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Tips on how to reset laptop without a password

Microsoft account                          

An easy way to fix a forgotten password is to go to the Recover Your Account page and follow the instructions to reset your password.

Once you’re done, you’ll be able to log into Windows using the new password you just entered.

Local account

There can still be hope even if you are using a local account on your laptop or PC.

Your computer must be running Windows 10 version 1803 or higher. It’s pretty old, so there’s a good chance it has this version (or a newer version).

However, you need to configure security questions to ask if you forget your password.

So if you’ve added security questions, you should see a link to reset your password on the Windows 10 login screen.

If you use a PIN code instead of a password, you can log in with a password. If you’ve forgotten your password too, you’ll need to reset it first.

To do this, select Reset Password on the login screen (once you have chosen the password as the login method).

You should now see the security questions that you configured when you set up your local Windows 10 account.

Answer it correctly and you will be able to enter a new password.

You can now sign in to Windows and then choose a new PIN (in case you’ve forgotten it too) by going to Start> Settings> Accounts> Sign-in Options> Windows Hello PIN> Change.

A security question will pop up if you don’t see any security questions. Either you haven’t configured it or your computer is running an older version of Windows 10. There is no way to reset a forgotten password and the only option available to you is to completely reset Windows. All documents, photos, music, programs, apps, and settings will be erased. Windows 10 will work again as it was when you first bought the laptop or PC.

If you find yourself in this unenviable position, here’s how you can reset Windows:

  • Hold down the Shift key while you click the power button in the lower right corner of the Windows logon screen and select Restart.
  • When the Choose an option screen appears, click Troubleshoot, and then reset this PC.
  • On the next screen, choose “Remove All” as other types of resetting will not remove the password that you cannot remember.

For users of older versions of Windows, the following tips may be helpful.

Use the hidden administrator account (Windows 7 and earlier)

This is another tip on how to reset laptop without password. Windows 7 (and some earlier versions) have an administrator account that is not visible during normal use.

Before you proceed, note that this method may not work if the account has been disabled, which is the default on some installations of Windows 7.

  • Start (or restart) your computer and press F8 repeatedly
  • Enter “Administrator” as the user name (note the capital A) and leave the password blank.
  • You must be signed in to Safe Mode.
  • Go to Control Panel, then User Accounts
  • Select the account whose password you want to reset
  • Change the password

When you’re done, we’ll learn how to automatically sign in to Windows and not ask for a password.

Use the Windows startup disk or the USB stick

If you find a Windows bootable Windows DVD or USB drive, you may be able to use Command Prompt to enable a disabled administrator account.

Alternatively, you can try to force Windows to initiate Startup Recovery by turning on your computer and holding the power button for four seconds when you see the Windows loading screen to turn it off.

The next time Windows is started, Windows should offer a start menu with an option: Run Startup Help.

Choose that and let Windows check for problems.

Next, look for a drop-down menu called Show Problem Details.

Navigate to your Windows drive (the drive letters may have been changed), then locate the Windows \ System32 folder.

Scroll down and find the sethc file. You may need to change the “Files of Type” for all files, not just text files.

Right-click on sethc and choose Rename. Edit the name by adding a number or letter. It doesn’t matter which one.

Click the file name to save your changes.

Right, click on cmd (command prompt). Choose Copy, then right-click any white space and choose Paste.

This will make a copy, but rename it to sethc as you did earlier with the actual sethc file.

Close all windows and then click Finish. Your computer will shut down.

Restart it and wait for the login prompt to appear.

Press the Shift key five times. This will start the command prompt.

Type: Internet user

This will list all user accounts. For instance, if your user account is named Fox

Now enter net user Fox *

You can now enter a new password for this account.

Use a password reset utility

If all else fails, you can download a utility that claims to crack or bypass Windows password. Again, we cannot tolerate their use for any purpose other than storing your files on your computer.

You will find them easily by searching for “Windows Password Reset Tool” online, and it’s just NTpasswd worth trying.

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