It happens to everybody at some point or another – you forget your logon password for whatever reason. Or you lock your administrator account by attempting too many bad password entries. Fear not. There are ways to get back in to your PC.
In Windows 8 or 10, you can set up a local account on your PC, or a Microsoft account, which is online-based. If you have a Microsoft/online account, you can simply go to the Microsoft website (account.live.com/password/reset) on another PC, phone or tablet, and reset it there.
If that does not work for whatever reason, or you don’t have an online account, you can reset your password using a PCUnlocker boot disk. You can test with their free version, and if it works, purchase the full version.
- Reset or bypass local administrator / user passwords on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP and Windows Server.
- Offline covert / switch your Microsoft account to local account without losing your profile data.
- Regain access to your disabled/locked/expired account, and promote standard user to an administrator.
- Reset lost domain administrator password on Windows Server 2016 / 2012 / 2008 / 2003 domain controller.
- Perform password reset offline from a bootable CD or USB stick. Support UEFI and legacy BIOS boot.
If you do choose to use PCUnlocker to get back in to your PC, you need to create a boot disk (CD/DVD/USB) on another working PC first. (Internet connection needed!). Burn the downloaded .iso image to your choice of media using ISO2Disc (Freeware)
NOTE: If your PC uses UEFI firmware, remember to use “GPT (required for UEFI boot)” in the options!
Insert your newly created PCUnlocker media into your PC and boot from it.
After everything has loaded up, and if everything loads correctly, you should see a window listing all the available user accounts on your PC. Choose your user, and click “RESET PASSWORD”.
This will clear your password, and set your account to a local account if it was an online/Microsoft account.
Once the process completes, click on “RESTART” and remove the media from your PC. At your Windows logon screen, leave your password blank, and login.
In Windows 10/8, both PIN and Picture password are sign-in options that are linked to a local account. If you’ve forgotten the PIN or Picture password on your computer, you can easily change or remove it by opening the Settings app, then going to Accounts -> Sign-in options.
This requires you to remember the local administrator password or Microsoft account password. If you can’t remember it any more, you can use PCUnlocker to reset the password.