[4 Tips] How to Reset Windows 10 Password Without Logging in

If you still search relevant information about how to reset Windows 10 password without logging in, this guidance will provide you several tips on fixing that.


By Irene / Updated on November 3, 2023

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🤷‍♂️ Scenario Need Windows 10 password reset
✨ Solutions Tip 1. Use a password reset disk
Tip 2. Create a once-for-all password reset USB
Tip 3. Use CMD commands
Tip 4. Achieve Windows 10 factory reset from Startup (data loss)
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Scenario: Need Windows 10 password reset


Honestly, forgetting the Windows password is quite terrible. I totally lose control of my computer! And what’s worse, I have no idea about this situation. How can I access my device? Do you know how to reset Windows 10 password without logging in? Please help me!


If you meet a similar situation, what would you do? Generally speaking, there are 4 common methods available for Windows 10 password reset. In this passage, we will present the scenes that you can use with relevant requirements.

How to reset Windows 10 password without logging in

In this part, you can learn 4 approaches to resetting Windows 10 password. No matter create a password reset disk, use CMD, factory reset, or use a handy tool, you can choose the one that is suitable for your actual situation.

Tip 1. Use a password reset disk for Windows 10 password reset

When we create and use a password reset disk to reset the password, we need to pay attention to the inherent requirements to ensure it can work out.

• During the process of creating the reset disk requires the password, so you should create it before you lose the password.
• The password reset disk can only be used on the same computer that you created before.

Part 1. Create a password reset disk

Step 1. Plug the password reset disk into your PC.

Step 2. Type “create password reset disk” in the “Start” search bar with pressing the “Enter” key.

Step 3. Wait for the “Forgot Password wizard” appears and select “Next”.

forgotten password wizard 1

Step 4. Choose the disk in the menu and select “Next”.

forgotten password wizard 2

Step 5. Type the current password and press “Next”.

forgotten password wizard 3

Step 6. Wait for the process and click the “Next” button to finish it.

forgotten password wizard 4

Part 2. How to reset password Windows 10 with the password reset disk

Step 1. Insert the disk into your computer and click “Reset password”.

click password reset

Step 2. Choose “Next” in the pop-up window and the target password reset disk with hitting “Next”.

password reset wizard 2

Step 3. Type the new password and the hint, and click the “Next” button.

password reset wizard 3

Step 4. Select “Finish” to finish the process. Now, you can log in with the new password.

password reset wizard 4

Tip 2. Create a once-for-all password reset USB to reset Windows 10 password

Compared with a previously created Password reset disk, a password manager will be a better choice because it doesn't need you to prepare before everything is too late. And, once you use the tool to create a password reset USB, you can use it on any PC that needs to reset or remove a password. 

Here we recommend a powerful and handy password reset tool, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, which can be compatible with Windows 11/10/8/7/XP/Vista. Without data loss and no need for command lines, you can quickly create a password reset USB on any working Windows PC with a few simple steps and use it for other Windows OS computers. You need to prepare an empty USB and follow the clear guidance below to reset your Windows 10 password easily.

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Part 1. Create a Windows password reset USB

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant and choose "Tools"> "Reset Windows Password".

reset password

Step 2. Select “Next” after reading to create a bootabale USB.

create password reset disk

Step 3. Choose one of the three available choices according to your needs and click “Proceed”.

• USB Boot Device: To create bootable USB Device.

• Burn to CD/DVD: To create bootable CD/DVD.

• Export ISO File: Use this method to make a bootable ISO file.

select usb device

Step 4. The USB flash drive requires to be formatted in this step, and all the data will be erased. Please make a backup of all your important files.


Step 5. Wait for creating WinPE bootable USB drive. Then plug the USB into the computer that you hope to reset or remove the password.


Part 2. Reset the Password

Step 1. Change the boot order to make the PC boot from the USB after inserting the created reset USB.

change order

Step 2. Choose “Reset Password” and select the OS with clicking "Next".

select windows system

Step 3. Select the target account and the feature you need. Click “Next”.

select account

Notice: You can choose Remove Account Password or Reset Account Password from the two options under the window.

Step 4. Input the new password in the window and click “Yes” after confirmation.

set new password

Step 5. Click “Reboot Computer” to restart your PC after the operations.

Tip 3. Use CMD to answer how to reset windows 10 password

Using CMD for Windows 10 password reset can also be another choice. But the difficult point for some computer users are the commands. Once you type the wrong order, it will fail to work, so please be careful about the details.

Step 1. Reboot your PC and click the Start button, click the arrow next to the Shut Down button (or the arrow next to the Lock button), and then click Restart.

Step 2.Press the F8 key with holding it until Windows logo appears. When it appears, try again by waiting until the Windows logon prompt appears and then shutting down and restarting your computer.

Step 3. Select Command Prompt when the Advanced Options screen shows up.

command prompt cmd

Now, use CMD to reset password.

Step 1. Input the commands below and hit “Enter” key after each:

• c: (Replace it to your own system drive letter. You need to type “d:” if it’s D drive)
• cd windows\system32
• ren sethc.exe sethc01.exe (rename sethc.exe to sethc01.exe)
• copy cmd.exe sethc.exe (copy cmd.exe to sethc.exe)

Step 2. After that, we can input "wpeutil reboot" to quickly reboot your Windows 10 computer.

Step 3. When you see the user password input interface again, continuously hit the "Shift" key to open the CMD window.

Step 4. Input "net user username password"(eg. net user admin 123456) and press "Enter". The Windows 10 password will be reset without data loss.

net user password vista

Tip 4. Achieve Windows 10 factory reset from Startup (data loss)

The Startup allows you to avoid logging in but achieve a Windows password reset. But it is usually suitable for those computers that are hardly used or almost a new one, because it will erase the data, programs or settings of your PC.

Step 1. Hit the "Shift" with clicking the "Power" button > "Restart" in the lower-right corner of the screen.

Step 2. Click "Choose an option">"Troubleshoot" > "Reset this PC" in turn.

Step 3. Choose "Remove everything" to erase the setting password.

remove everything


After reading all the methods above, now you must know how to reset Windows 10 password without logging in. Factory reset will cause data loss. Or due to various factors, sometimes you may probably encounter a notice like “Error: change password net user access denied”. And creating a password reset disk is truly an energy-consuming activity and you need to do the previous job.

So, in all 4 tips about how to reset Windows 10 password, AOMEI Partition Assistant can quickly fix Windows password problems. Besides password resetting, it also supports cloning hard drive with a bootable USB if you cannot boot into your computer, extending the system drive without rebooting, moving programs to another drive, etc. If you are a Windows server user, please turn to the Server Edition.

Irene · Staff Editor
Irene is an Editor of AOMEI Technology. She devotes herself in giving insightful thoughts on common computer problems with simple and clear guidance. Irene loves to help people solve problems and explore more solutions on relevant issues. She loves reading, singing and travelling.