Picture this: It’s a Monday morning, and you’re ready to tackle the week ahead. You grab a steaming hot cup of coffee, sit down at your computer, and… you’ve forgotten your Windows 10 password. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We’ve all been there at least once. But fear not, I have a solution for you! In this article, we’ll take a step-by-step journey on how to reset your Windows 10 password using a bootable USB. Let’s dive in!
The Magic of a Bootable USB
Before we begin, let’s talk about the hero of our story – the bootable USB. A bootable USB is like a digital Swiss Army knife. It can do anything from installing a new operating system to repairing a broken one. And, in our case, it can also help you reset your Windows 10 password.
Preparing the Bootable USB
First things first, you’ll need a USB flash drive with at least 4GB of storage. Make sure it doesn’t contain any important data, as we’ll be formatting it. Then, follow these steps to create your bootable USB:
- Download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from Microsoft’s official website.
- Insert your USB flash drive into your computer.
- Run the Media Creation Tool and select “Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC” and click “Next.”
- Choose your language, edition, and architecture (64-bit is recommended) for Windows 10, then click “Next.”
- Select “USB flash drive” and click “Next.”
- Choose your connected USB flash drive from the list and click “Next” to start the process. It may take a while, so grab another cup of coffee while you wait.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can I use any USB flash drive to create a bootable USB?
Yes, you can use any USB flash drive as long as it has at least 4GB of storage capacity. Make sure it doesn’t contain any important data since you’ll need to format it during the process.
Is the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool free?
Yes, the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool is free to download and use. You can download it from Microsoft’s official website.
The key to access the boot menu varies between computer manufacturers. If you’re not sure which key to press, check your computer’s manual or look for instructions on the manufacturer’s website. You can also try pressing F12, F2, or DEL, as these are common keys for accessing the boot menu.
Can I reset the password for a Microsoft account using this method?
No, this method only works for local user accounts. If you’re using a Microsoft account to log in to Windows 10, you’ll need to reset your password through the Microsoft account password reset page.
Is this method safe for my data and system?
Yes, this method is safe, and it won’t affect your data or system files. However, it’s always a good idea to back up your important data before making changes to your computer.
Resetting Your Windows 10 Password
Now that you have your bootable USB ready, it’s time to reset your Windows 10 password. Follow these steps:
- Turn off your computer.
- Insert the bootable USB into your computer.
- Power on your computer and immediately press the key to access the boot menu. This key varies between manufacturers, but it’s usually F12, F2, or DEL.
- In the boot menu, choose your USB flash drive as the boot device and press Enter.
- When the Windows Setup screen appears, press “Shift + F10” to open the Command Prompt.
- Type diskpart in the Command Prompt and press Enter. This will launch the DiskPart utility.
- Type list vol and press Enter to display all volumes on your computer. Find the volume labeled “System Reserved” or “ESP” and note its drive letter (e.g., D:).
- Type exit and press Enter to close DiskPart.
- Replace the “D” in the following command with the drive letter you noted earlier, and then type the command in the Command Prompt: D:WindowsSystem32cmd.exe
- Type net user and press Enter to display all user accounts on your computer.
- To reset your password, type net user YOUR_USERNAME * (replace YOUR_USERNAME with your actual username) and press Enter. You’ll be prompted to enter a new password and confirm it. Note that the password characters won’t appear as you type, but they’re being entered.
Congratulations, you’ve successfully reset your Windows 10 password! Now, remove the bootable USB and restart your computer. You should be able to log in with your new password.