Windows 10 has very strict standard when it comes to system security and most of Windows 10 users follow a simple rountine. Protect the computer with a password. Sometimes a strong password could bring up new problem. Hences, we end up protecting our computers even from ourselves. Result? Forgot Windows 10 password and got locked out of our own computer.
While we would otherwise praise Windows for their protective layers, the same becomes a big problem when we forget Windows 10 password. But sometimes, we just want to bypass a known password so we don't have to enter it each time we log in. Understanding the depth of this issue, we have thus listed 7 ways to bypass Windows 10 password for your unlucky times. They are proven to be effective even in 2020.
netplwiz, stands for Network Places Wizard, is a built-in utilty to manage user account permissions. It is an extremely useful tool to remember on Windows 10 that helps in changing settings related to user accounts, including password settings. If you still remembered the password and want to bypass Windows 10 login screen at startup, then you can follow the steps below to complete the task.
Step 1: Go to Windows 10 desktop on your computer.
Step 2: Type 'netplwiz' at the desktop search bar and click 'Run as administrator'. You can also press Windows + R key to launch the app from desktop.
Step 3: A new window of user Accounts will open up. Find the option 'Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer' and uncheck the box in front of it.
Step 4: Now, click on the 'Apply' button at the bottom of the window to launch a pop-up window. (This step confirms that the person trying to change the settings is you.) Enter Windows 10 login password twice for that account in the given boxes and then click the 'OK' button.
After saving the changes, the login screen will be bypassed automatically in next reboot and no password required for sign-in . While this is a good way to avoid the risk of being locked out, it removes the safety layer. We recommend using this option only on home computer. Also, this method is of no use if you forgot Windows 10 password.
If you knew Windows 10 login password, then it is quick convenient to bypass or remove password from Windows 10. But in most cases, people forgot their password and are seeking help to bypass Windows 10 password. So it is the main topic we are talking about the rest of the article. We have to use third-party tools to get it done if we preferred an fast solution to fix the issue.
The first software we mention is called PassMoz LabWin, one of the best Windows 10 password reset tools you can find in 2020. It is a life-saving tool for bypassing Windows 10 password in only 3 simple steps. It is the perfect solution for a lockout scenario because not only does it help you to unlock Windows 10 computer but it does that without losing any data from device. That's the reason why we list PassMoz LabWin as our first choice.
Step 1: You need find another computer (Windows or Mac) in order to create a bootable password reset disk. Now download PassMoz LabWin and install it on the computer. Once installed, run the software and insert an blank CD/DVD or USB drive.
Step 2: PassMoz LabWin will recognize the disk immediately. If not, then select it from the drop-down menu. Next, select the 'Burn CD/DVD' or 'Burn USB' button, whichever is suitable for you.
Step 3: Once the burning process is complete and your bootable password recovery disk is ready, plug it out from the computer. After that, insert the disk into locked Windows 10 computer and hit the power button to start the computer. Once you see the logo, start pressing the setup key (F1/F2/F8/F10/Esc/Delete depending on the motherboard configuration) to open up boot menu, where you can select removal device to boot from temporarily.
Step 4: Wait for the tool to load on screen. Once it is done, select the version of Windows and choose an username from accounts listed in table. It is should be the one you forgot the password. Hit the 'Reset Password' button to remove the password and reboot afterwards.
After reboot, you will get into desktop without the need to enter any password. The best part is that your computer remains unharmed in the whole process. You must try and test the method yourself to experience the magic. But, apart from the magical entry, the free version is available for emergencies and the time the whole method spent on makes the software impressive.
When you see the user name at Windows 10 login screen is an email address, then it means the computer is sign-in via Microsoft account, which is totally different from a local account. Unlike local accounts, the only way to reset Windows 10 password for Microsoft account is via its official web page, there is no other way out. Fortunately, the whole process is much easier if you could remember the recovery email or cell phone number associated with it.
Step 1: Open a web browser and type in this URL to address bar: account.live.com/password/reset
Step 2: Select the 'I forgot my password' option and then hit the next button. In the next screen, type in your registered Email address or phone number in the given space.
Step 3: Enter the captcha to verify you are human then hit the 'Next' button again. Confirm your email id or phone number on which you would like to receive the security code, and thenclick 'Get code' button to request the confirmation code.
Step 4: Now check your inbox (phone or Email for the code), enter the security code on the screen and select 'Next'.
Step 5: You will be prompted to a new window for setting a new password. Type a new password and re-type it for confirmation. Hit 'Next' to complete the task.
You can now log in to Windows 10 with the new password. You may choose to set an automatic login for the future. But your computer needs to be connected to the Internet for the method to bypass Windows 10 password; otherwise, you remain locked out.
Ubuntu is the most popular desktop Linux distribution and you can do a lot of advanced task with a Ubuntu Live CD, which gives you the overall experience without the need to install the OS on a local drive and won't bring up any damage to the Windows OS. This is the best part of a Ubuntu Live CD. We are going to use a bootable Ubuntu Live CD to bypass Windows 10 password. Please follow the guidelines very carefully. Any kind of mistake could result in a negative result.
Step 1: Take another PC and download Ubuntu Live CD (iso image) on your desktop.
Step 2: Now locate the ISO image and then burn it to a CD/DVD or USB using freeware like UNetbootin.
Step 3: On your locked Windows 10 computer, insert the bootable Ubuntu disk and power on the device. Press special key (Enter key on ThinkPad as example) at startup to open boot menu and choose booting from external devices (USB or DVD).
Step 4: Wait for Ubuntu to load then tap on the 'Try Ubuntu' button.
Step 5: Navigate to 'System Settings' and then to 'Software and Updates'. Find the 'Community-maintained free and open-source software (Universe)' option and check the box.
Step 6: On the out-of-date dialogue box, select Reload and then open the terminal. Now type or copy-paste the following command to install this password bypassing tool: sudo apt-get install chntpw
Note: Make sure the computer is connected to Internet before running this command.
Step 7: Now navigate and browse to 'Windows\System32\Config' folder, right-click on the blank space and select open in terminal. Type the following command to find all user accounts: chntpw -l SAM
Step 8: Input the user id when prompted and follow the online screenshot to set the password of targe user account to blank.
Step 9: You can now Reboot your computer and remove the removable CD/USB.
We can see a lot of folks using Ubuntu Live CD to bypass Windows 10 password. However, it is pretty dangerous for normal users because of wrong commands or operations. This could break the underlying operating system and unable to boot the computer after changes. So be caution with all the steps being involved.
You can avoid Ophcrack when it comes to Windows password recovery or bypassing. It is one of the most popular tool to crack Windows password with rainbow tables. However, you need additional effort to make it working in order to bypass Windows 10 password. It has two different versions. Portable version is running as an application like normal software. And the Live CD version is used for recovering lost password from Windows computers.
Step 1: Take another computer that you have the admin rights of and download Ophcrack Live CD.
Step 2: Burn Ophcrack SO image to USB drive using a utility tool like UUbyte ISO Editor to make it bootable.
Step 3: Now insert the bootable USB on Windows 10 and boot from it by changing the BIOS settings.
Step 4: Hit Enter to select the 'Automatic Mode'. Wait for the process to complete and recover your forgotten Windows 10 password. For long password, it needs more time to fully crack the password. When the password is found, it will be displayed under NT Password column.
Step 5: Reboot the system and use the recovered password to log into Windows 10.
Ophcrack does not bypass Windows 10 password in a direct way but recovers it instead. Though easy, the process is known to be very slow and sometimes incompatible. You might also come across errors like 'no table found'. At this point, you need to download or purchase extra rainbow tables to make it cracking Windows 10 password. The default tables is designed for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.
Offline NT password & Registry Editor (short for NT Password) is a free tool created for bypassing Windows 10 password alone. It is a popular method used by Windows users when locked out. It works like the way we shared in Ubuntu Live CD but the main difference is that there is no GUI interface with this tool. It targets for advanced computer users so be careful if you were not familiar with commands. According to our research, this way is quite popular among Linux users, who deal with commands at a high frequency.
Step 1: Download Offline NT password & Registry Editor ISO file from official website and burn it to an empty USB (or CD/DVD) like usual.
Step 2: Insert the bootable USB into Windows 10 and boot Windows 10 from the USB.
Step 3: In a minute, Offline NT password & Registry Editor appears on the screen and tap on the Enter button to load Windows SAM into the program.
Step 4: From all the partitions listed, select the Windows 10 partition and keep pressing Enter until you are asked for the user data.
Step 5: Enter the user name and keep the space for the password empty. Select the default option then clear the password of the locked account.
Step 6: Now input the following character in order [1, q, y] to save the changes and exit the program.
Step 7: Now remove the USB and cut off the power to shut down the machine. The password screen will disappear in next boot.
Offline NT Password & Registry Editor is quite popular amongst users but the process is very complicated, one wrong step and you are in a mess. It is ideal for advanced users to bypass Windows 10 password.
Command Prompt is a special app on Windows 10. It is a text-based environment that you can complete all the tasks under GUI with text commands. However, you should learn the rules of each command. Most of people don't like it so it is listed as the last option to bypass Windows 10 password by using 'net user' command. If you forgot Windows 10 password, it is a must to have a Windows 10 installation DVD or USB in order to use Command Prompt app to bypass Windows 10 password.
Step 1: Insert Windows 10 install DVD or USB into locked computer and boot from the external device.
Step 2: Click 'Repair your computer' to launch Advanced options, where you can find the Command Prompt utility.
Step 3: Now copy and paste the following command and press Enter:
move d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe d:\
copy d:\windows\system32\cmd.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe
Step 4: Now remove the installation disk and reboot Windows 10. On the login screen click on the 'Ease of Access' icon on the bottom-right corner to open Command Prompt.
Step 5: Now type in the following command and hit Enter: net user [username] *
Step 6: Insert the disk again and press the power button to restart from the disk. Click on Shift and F10 together to open the Command Prompt and type: copy d:\utilman.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe
Step 7: Press Enter followed by typing Yes and hitting Enter again. Now exit and login without password.
It can be convenient only when you have the Windows 10 installation disk ready otherwise it's a complicated process to bypass Windows 10 using Command Prompt.
While all the methods listed above can be used to bypass Windows 10 password, most of them had complicated steps. Ophcrack is very slow for complex password and even had incompatibility issues for Ubuntu Live CD. Overall, PassMoz LabWin is clearly stood out as the easiest and the fastest way to unlock Windows 10 with much less issues and it is very convenient for non-techy users.