Passwords have become essential to our digital lives, serving as the key to accessing various accounts and devices. From computer logins to smartphone unlocking and bank account access, passwords are ubiquitous in today’s digital world.
Given the multitude of passwords we need to remember, it’s not uncommon to forget one occasionally. However, this can be a frustrating experience, especially if we haven’t jotted down our passwords in a notebook or used a password vault application.
Losing your password is akin to arriving at your front door after a long day’s work only to realize that you’ve misplaced your house keys! Fortunately, there are ways to reset your password and regain access to your device.
If you’ve forgotten your Windows 10 computer password, this step-by-step tutorial will guide you through the process of resetting it without relying on any third-party tools. So let’s get started!
Step 1: Obtain a Windows 10 Bootable USB Drive
Before we begin, you’ll need a Windows 10 bootable USB drive. If you don’t have one, don’t worry—follow this tutorial on creating a bootable USB drive.
Step 2: Boot Your Computer from the USB Drive
Insert your Windows 10 bootable USB drive and restart your computer. Upon restarting, your computer will launch the Windows setup program. Click on “Next” to proceed.
On the next screen, click on the “Repair your computer” link. This will take you to the Troubleshoot options.
Click on the Troubleshoot option;
Click on the “Command Prompt” option to display the command prompt window.
Step 3: Identify Your Windows 10 Partition
It’s important to identify the partition on which Windows 10 is installed since it may not always be the C: partition when you boot from a Windows 10 USB drive.
To identify the Windows 10 partition, type the following command: “bcdedit“.
On this particular computer, Windows 10 is installed on the E: partition. However, on your computer, it might have a different partition letter.
Step 4: Modify the Utility Manager Behavior
type the following commands:
copy e:\windows\system32\utilman.exe e:\windows\system32\utilman.exe.bak
copy e:\Windows\system32\cmd.exe e:\Windows\system32\utilman.exe
Step 5: Reset Your Password
Now, unplug the USB drive and restart your computer.
On the sign-in screen, click on the “Utility Manager” icon to display the command prompt screen.
To reset your user password, enter the following command:
Net user [your username] [new password]
Replace “[your username]” with your actual user account name and “[new password]” with the desired new password. For example:
"Net user zinou Azerty123"
Step 6: Sign in With The New Password
Now, you can use the newly set password to sign in to your user account.
Step 7: Restore The Original Utility Manager
Once you’ve successfully signed in to your computer, it’s important to restore the original utilman.exe program to ensure your system behaves as expected.
To accomplish this, open a command prompt with administrator privileges and execute the following command:
copy Utilman.exe.bak Utilman.exe
By following these steps, you should be able to reset your Windows 10 computer password without relying on any third-party tools.
For a visual walkthrough of this process, you can also refer to this helpful video tutorial:
Remember to exercise caution and ensure you’re following the instructions accurately. With these steps, you’ll be able to regain access to your