Okay, so you were enjoying your Windows 10 Technical Preview installation but all of a sudden your joy has come to the halt. You’ve forgotten the password of your Windows 10 installation and are now looking for ways to crack into your own system. Fret not, pal. You’re lucky because you’ve finally found the solution.
When you forget the password of your Windows 10 computer, the best thing you can do to regain access is creating a new Administrator group user by following the method given below. Let’s get started:
1. First of all boot your computer from your Windows 10 installation disk.
2. Once you boot it from the disk, press SHIFT + F10 on your keyboard. This step will launch a command prompt before you.
3. Now you’ve to replace utilman.exe with cmd.exe by executing the following commands one by one. But before doing that you should make a copy of the original file so you can restore it later by booting from the Windows installation disk.
move d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe.bak
copy d:\windows\system32\cmd.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe
4. Now it’s time to take your Windows 10 installation disk out of the computer and start the problematic Windows installation once again by executing the following command:
5. The sign in page will ask you for password once again. Don’t worry, we’re going to fix this in a few minutes. Just don’t enter any password and click the Utility Manager button shown in the image given below:
6. Since we replaced the Utility Manager with Cmd.exe in Step 3, a command prompt will pop up now instead of original Utility Manager. It may show you an error, but no need to worry about it.
7. Now you can easily add a new user by executing the command given below. Note that we’re adding the new user to Administrator group so we can regain access to all files, folders and settings. And yes – ensure that the account name you enter is unique and doesn’t already exist on your Windows 10 installation.
net user <username> /add
net localgroup administrators <username> /add
8. Now click the screen and sign in page will appear again, this time with your recently created Windows Account. You can click that account and sign in without a password. Once you do this, you’ll once again have access to all your files and folders, including your previous account’s C:\Users folder.
9. Since you’ve Administrator rights that give access to all files, folders and settings, now you can easily reset the password of your Windows account. Just right click the Start button, select the option of Computer Management and then select Local Users and Groups. Now you’ll be shown a list of all local user accounts on your computer.
10. Right click your Windows account name and select the Set Password option. Now you’ll be able to set the desired password for your account.
That’s it. Now you can log back into Windows 10 with your recently created password and its associated username. Note that this method will work only for a Local Windows Account – not for Microsoft accounts. Details of Microsoft accounts are stored online, so they can be reset via online forms only.