Use Command Prompt to Reset Forgotten Windows 10 Password [Resolved]

If you are searching for a tutorial about how to reset Windows 10 password with Command Prompt (CMD), this article will help you out. It will show you three ways to run Command Prompt and easily reset your Windows 10 administrator or other user accounts’ password. Now you are able to fix Windows password problem yourself.

Tip 1: Reset Windows 10 Password with CMD Opened by Using another Admin Account

Tip 2: Reset Windows 10 Admin Password in Safe Mode Command Prompt

Tip 3: Use a Windows 10 Install Disk to Run Command Prompt and Easily Reset Windows 10 Administrator and Other Accounts’ Password.

Additional: Reset Any Windows Password by Using Rescuer (If tips mentioned above cannot help you out, follow this tip to reset Windows 10 password easily. It is 100% working)

Tip 1: Reset Windows 10 Password with CMD Opened by Using another Admin Account

When forgot Windows 10 password, a quick way for you to reset Windows 10 password is using an available admin account. Of course, you can complete the process in control panel. However, using CMD to reset user account’s password is easier as you just need to open CMD and run a simple command.

1. Login Windows 10 with an admin account. Click on Start button and type cmd in the search box. Double click the program from list to launch it.

search cmd and run the program

2. A Command Prompt window is opened. Now you just need one line of code to reset any other user accounts’ password. Type net user username password and hit Enter key. The user account’s password will be replaced with new one. For example, type: net user Dave 123456, hit Enter, the user account Dave’s password will be reset to 123456.

use cmd to reset windows 10 password

This is also a secure way to reset a forgotten Windows 10 password. Everything else of the user account will remain unchanged.

Tip 2: Reset Windows 10 Admin Password in Safe Mode Command Prompt

Firstly, you will need to start your Windows 10 from Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Then you can easily reset Windows 10 password as easy as that in Tip 1.

1. On the Windows 10 login screen, hold down Shift key and select Restart in the Shut Down options.

start windows 10 from safe mode with command prompt

2. Windows 10 will restart and show you the Advanced Boot Options on startup screen. Select Troubleshoot.

select troubleshoot from advanced options

3. Select Advanced Options in the Troubleshoot screen.

select advanced options

4. It will show you several advanced options, select Startup Settings.

select startup settings

5. You are able to restart to change Windows boot options. Click Restart.

restart computer

6. After restarting, boot options will be list. Simply hit number 6 or F6 to select option: Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt. Then your computer will start again and boot from Safe Mode.

choose boot from safe mode with command prompt

7. For a moment, it will ask you to choose an account to sign in. After you sign in, you will be brought directly to an administrative Command Prompt rather than the normal Windows desktop. Now you can reset any other Windows 10 admin password by using the Command Prompt. Type net user and hit Enter, it will show you all user accounts on your Windows 10 system. Type: net user Dave 123456, hit Enter, the admin account Dave’s password will be reset to 123456 without data loss.

reset windows 10 admin password in safe mode command prompt

Tip 3: Use a Windows 10 Install Disk to Run Command Prompt and Easily Reset Windows 10 Administrator and Other Accounts’ Password.

This tip is useful for people to reset any forgotten Windows 10 password without administrative privileges, but it requires you to prepare a Windows 10 installation disk. If you don’t have it, just simply create one with Microsoft Media Creation Tool. If you have one in hand, the following steps will teach you how to use it to run Command Prompt and then you can reset Windows 10 administrator or user password with net user command.

1. Insert your Windows 10 installation disk to your computer and restart the machine. Press F12 as soon as possible to open Boot Options, select CD-ROM if you are using a Windows 10 CD disk or select USB-HDD/Removable Device if you are using a USB installation disk. Guides for this step: 1. Boot from CD/DVD. 2. Boot from USB flash drive.

boot computer from windows 10 install disk

2. PC start and load Windows 10 install screen. Click Next.

next

3. In the next screen, click Repair Your Computer to continue.

select repair your computer

4. In Advanced Options screen, select Troubleshoot.

select troubleshoot option

5. Select Command Prompt.

open command prompt

6. Command Prompt windows appears, but you cannot reset password in this step. You need to use it to find out and copy the Command Prompt in your original Windows 10 system. Run the command bellow:

Type: move c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe c:\ and press Enter.

move cmd in windows 10

Type: copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe and hit Enter.

copy cmd from windows 10 system

Remove your installation disk and type: wpeutil reboot, press Enter to restart the computer.

restart windows 10

7. When Windows 10 login screen appears, click Ease of Access icon to run the copied cmd.exe.

open ease of access

8. Now you are able to reset Windows 10 administrator or user password. Run the command bellow:

Type: net user and press Enter.

show windows 10 user accounts

Type: net user [username] [new password] and press Enter.

reset windows 10 admin password with cmd net user

9. Close the Command Prompt window and now you can login Windows 10 with the new password.

back into windows 10

Additional: Reset Any Windows Password by Using Rescuer

Without using Command Prompt, you also can easily reset forgotten Windows 10 password without losing data. This is a universal Windows password reset method which works perfectly for Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP and Windows server 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008, 2003 etc. It is very easy.

Step 1: Log on another computer, install Windows Password Rescuer Personal full version. Run the software to simply create a universal Windows password reset disk with CD/DVD/USB flash drive. (Take USB for example. Free download Windows Password Rescuer Personal.)

1. Plug in a blank USB flash drive to the computer and then choose "USB device".

create password reset disk

2. Pull down the drive list and select the plugged USB. Then click "Begin Burning" to create a Windows password recovery disk within one minute.

finish creating a password reset disk

Step 2: When complete burning, use the USB disk to reset Windows 10 administrator password on your locked computer.

1. Boot your locked Windows 10 computer from CD/DVD/USB: Start Windows 10 and press F12 as soon as possible to open Boot Menu Options, select your device and press Enter.

boot computer from USB

3. PC will boot from USB and load Windows Password Rescuer screen. Now you are able to reset Windows 10 administrator password via severa clicks:

1) Click Windows 10.

select Windows 10

2) Click a user account.

click administrator

3) Click reset password, when a confirm message pops up, click Yes.

reset windows 10 administrator password without command prompt

4) Click Reboot, when a confirm message pops up, remove your USB, click Yes to restart the computer

restart computer

5) Then you can login Windows 10 as administrator without password.

Log on administrator without password

You could read step-by-step tutorial with more images. This tip can apply to any desktop and laptop computers such as Dell, HP, Toshiba, Acer, Lenovo, Samsung, HUA WEI, Asus etc.

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