Reset Forgotten Windows 10 Password with Install Disk

May 29, 2016

If you’ve forgotten or lost your administrator password in Windows 10, you can reset a password by booting from a Windows 10 install disk. Here we’ll walk you through the steps to reset forgotten Windows 10 password with installation disk.

Reset Forgotten Windows 10 Password with Install Disk?

Boot your computer from Windows 10 installation disk. When the Windows Setup screen opens, press SHIFT + F10 key combinations to open the Command Prompt.

At the Command Prompt, you can easily replace the sethc.exe file with cmd.exe. Just run the following commands one by one, replace d:\ with the actual drive letter of your Windows 10 partition.

copy d:\windows\system32\sethc.exe d:\
copy /y d:\windows\system32\cmd.exe d:\windows\system32\sethc.exe

When it’s done. Cancel Windows Setup and eject the install disc. Reboot your computer.

When your computer reboots to Windows 10 logon screen, press the SHIFT key 5 times in a row. The Command Prompt will open in administrative mode. Run the following command and you can reset your forgotten password quickly. Replace username with the name of your actual account, and newpassword with your desired password.

net user username newpassword

Now close the Command Prompt and you’ll back at the login screen. You can login with your new password. Now you’ve successfully bypass forgotten Windows 10 password.

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