[Clear Tutorial] How to Achieve PC Password Reset?

If you forgot your pc password, you can read this post to achieve PC password reset without log in. In this post, you can obtain different methods to know how to reset Windows password.


By Irene / Updated on May 12, 2023

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Scenario: How to reset PC password?



“My Windows 10 PC says the password is expired and get "denied access" error when inputting the old password. It is a DIY PC. How to get around this bug? I heard the password can be reset or bypassed without losing data?”  Thanks in advance


You may need to remove or reset your PC passwords in many cases. For example, be the same as the above situation, or you forgot your password, etc. In this post, we will introduce diverse methods to guide you on how to achieve PC password reset.

[3 Ways] How to make PC password reset?

For local account PC password reset, security questions, password reset disk or USB, and a third-party software can answer how to reset PC password. But the first two methods need to be met some requirements. If you hope to achieve PC password reset quickly, you can skip to the third method directly.

Way 1. Use Questions to make PC password reset

When it comes to how to reset Windows password, the versions should be an important factor to consider. The system allows you to add security questions when you set up a local account on Windows version 1803 or later. That means you can still sign in or reset password Windows after answering the setting questions correctly like below steps.

Step 1. A password reset screen will appear if you wrongly type the password twice. Click “Reset Password” button to continue.

Step 2. Answer the setting questions to move on.

Step 3. Now you can reset the password. Type the new password and confirm it. You can use the new one to log in.

But if the versions are not available to use security questions, you can get a new password by resetting local account passwords. Follow the steps to reset password Windows.

• PC reset will permanently wipe all the data, including applications, programs, and settings.
• If you make no backup but reset, you can use the Data Recovery tool retrieve them back.

Step 1. Hit the "Shift" key when you choose the Power button and click "Restart"

Step 2. Choose "Troubleshoot" and then select "Reset this PC"

Step 3. Click "Remove everything"

remove everthing

Way 2. Use Password Reset Disk or USB to reset Windows password

Another trick for resetting Windows password is two prepared devices. If you have ever created a Password Reset Disk or a USB for restoring access to Windows, the trouble gets easier to be solved. You just need to insert it into your PC, and follow the guidance.

• Password reset disk can only be used for resetting local accounts instead of Microsoft accounts.
• There is a limitation that the USB can only be used in the computer which you use it to create the flash drive.

Step 1. Click the Reset Password button on the screen, and select Use a password reset disk instead.

Step 2. Insert the Reset Disk to the computer when the Password Reset Wizard window shows up

password reset disk

Step 3. Select the target disk from the drop-down menu and click Next.

password reset wizard 2

Step 4. Type a new password and then enter a password hint, and click Next.

password reset wizard 3

Step 5.After clicking Finish, you can log in with the new password now.

password reset wizard 4

Way 3. Achieve PC password reset via handy software

However, if your system versions do not match Windows version 1803 or later, the way 1 will not apply to your expectations. Besides, some people may not prepare a bootable media beforehand, while others may prepare but find that previously created PC password reset USB cannot be used on the current PC. Don’t worry! There is still another solution to achieve PC password reset.

AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional will assist in getting rid of advanced preparations and system limitations. It is a handy and safe assistant that can instantly create a password reset USB, which is especially suitable for emergencies. What’s more, it allows users to make the media on another working computer that supports Windows 11/10/8/8.1/7/XP/Vista. Users just need to insert it to the target PC to achieve PC password reset.

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Step 1. Open the installed software and find "Tools"> "Reset Windows Password" in the main interface.

reset password

Step 2. A notice will be displayed to guide you to create a WinPE bootable media. Select Next after reading.

create password reset disk

Step 3. There are three ways to create bootable media based on Windows PE.

•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.

Choose one of them according to your needs and select Proceed.  USB Boot Device is recommended because you can directly use bootable USB to boot into WinPE to operate.

select usb device

Note: The button “Add Drivers”means that you can add additional drivers into the bootable media.

Step 4. It will format the USB flash drive in this step, and all the data will be wiped. Please make a backup of all your important files beforehand.


Step 5. Wait for the process of creating WinPE bootable USB drive.


Step 6. You need to boot the computer which you want to reset password when the bootable USB is created. And then, choose the system and click Next.

select windows system

Now you can reset the password, and then click OK to confirm it.

Notice: You need to enter BIOS and change boot order under the menu, and then you can boot from the Windows PE USB flash drive, CD or DVD

Step 7. Select the target account and the feature. And then click Next.

select account

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

set new password

Step 8. After removing or resetting the password, you need to select “Reboot Computer” to restart your PC.

To sum up

In short, we talk about three ways about how to reset computer password in this post. Presumably, you prepare every needed tool or you get the system or version support, and it is rather simple to answer how to reset PC password. But if not, the third-party software AOMEI Partition Assistant is also reliable enough to achieve PC password reset.

Poring through details on resetting PC password is a time-and-energy-consuming errand. Using this software, you can escape from fussy things. Furthermore, it also boasts advanced features like converting to MBR/GPT without data loss, migrating OS to SSD, allocating free space, etc. By the way, this tool can even make a bootable PC repair USB if your PC encounters something wrong. And if you are a Windows Server User, the Server edition can also help you actively manage your device.

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.