How to Reset Windows 11 Password If Forgot It

Did you forget your Windows 11 password or PIN, along with answers to the security questions? Or if you want to help your friends to reset their Windows 11 login password, then stress no more.

This guide will show different ways to reset Windows 11 password in different scenarios. The process is not complicated; it depends on your situation. Nowadays, Windows is associated directly with your Microsoft account. So you can reset the password through your Microsoft account as well.

Ways To Reset Windows 11 Login Password

Usually, it is easy to reset your Windows 11 password, especially if your Microsoft account is linked to Windows. So we are going to explore different scenarios in which you might find yourself while resetting your Windows 11 password. 

Scenario 1: Microsoft Account Linked to Windows 11

You can easily recover your login password if your Microsoft Account is linked to Windows PC. 

  • Just use any other device to go to Microsoft.com
  • Then sign in with your credentials. 
  • Use your recovery email to reset the password. 

If you use the official Microsoft Account to log in, then you can reset the password for your Microsoft Account. Here is how:

  • Select the account displayed on the screen. 
  • Below the password text box, select “I forgot my password.”
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to reset the password.

Scenario 2: Answering Security Questions

If you have answered some security questions while installing Windows on your device, then you can use this method. Here is how to do it:

  • Click on Reset Password
  • Answer all the security questions and click on the arrow sign. 
  • Create a new password. 
Reset Windows 11 Password

That’s it! Now you can log in with the new password as usual. 

Scenario 3: Reset Password Of The Local User Account Using Cmd

If you did not answer any security questions and do not use your Microsoft Account to login into your PC, then you have a local user account. There is a different method to reset the local user account password.

We will replace the “Accessibility Center” with “cmd” at the login screen and reset the password.

This might seems long, but it is easy to follow, so make sure that you follow all the steps carefully. 

Stage 1: Opening Command Prompt (cmd) at the login screen

We have to open the Command Prompt to execute a few commands, and here is how to do it:

1: Press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard at the login screen.

2: Now click on the power icon and Restart. Make sure to press and hold the Shift key. 

Reset Windows 11 Password

After the restart, you will now see the advanced troubleshooting options.

3: Click on Troubleshoot

4: Now click on Advanced options

5: Finally, click on Command Prompt

Troubleshoot Menu

It might ask for the password on this screen then there is a different method, but if you see the cmd, you must follow the next steps. 

Stage 2: Finding Disk Partition with Windows Files

Now you have to find which partition of the disk contains Windows files. To do this, you will have to enter the disk partition mode. Here is how to do it:

Step 1: Type the following command and hit enter:

diskpart
How to Reset Windows 11 Password

2: Now type the following command and hit enter:

list disk

You will now see all the disks on your computer.

In our case, we have one disk, “Disk 0”; now we have to see which partition contains Windows files.

3: Enter the following command:

list vol

It will show you all the different disk partitions with the drive letters.

4: You can know which partition contains Windows files by looking at their Size. Usually, a partition with a big size will contain Windows files, and it usually has the letter “C” assigned to it. However, this may not always be necessary. 

In our case, it is the C partition. 

Step 5: You have to exit the disk partition now. Type the following command and hit enter:

exit

Step 6: Now enter the C drive by typing the following command:

c:

Step 7: Enter the following command to list the directories:

dir
find windows drive
Finding Windows partition

You are on the correct path if you see a folder named Windows, Program Files, User, etc.

If you don’t see the above folders, select other volumes one by one and check which volume contains the Windows-related folder.

In Step 6 – Type d: or e: or f: and press enter and then dir command to check the directories. Anyhow, you need to enter the volume(partition) containing the Windows folders.

Stage 3: Entering the System32 Directory

Once you are in the right volume, enter into system32.

1: Enter the following command:

cd windows/system32

Now you also have to create a backup of the Utility Manager. 

2: Enter the following command:

ren utilman.exe utilmanbackup.exe
utilmanbackup to reset Windows 11 password

3: We need to copy cmd in place of Utility manager, execute the below command-

copy cmd.exe utilman.exe
copy cmd in place of utility manager

4: Once done, exit the cmd and Shutdown the computer. Type –

exit

5: Click on Turn off your PC from the Troubleshooting menu. 

Turning Off PC

Start your PC and follow the next steps.

Stage 4: Resetting the Password

Step 1: Once the Windows restart, click on the Accessibility icon in the bottom right corner. 

This will open CMD.

Accessibility Menu

Step 2: Type the following command and hit enter:

control userpasswords2

This will open the User Accounts menu. 

Step 3: Select your user account and click on Reset Password

 Reset Windows 11 Password

Step 4: You have to enter your new password here. Then click on OK

Step 5: Click on Apply and OK

Step 6: Type the following command to exit the Command Prompt:

exit

Now restart your PC, and you can sign in with the new password. 

Stage 5: Reverting Some Changes

We have replaced the Accessibility center with CMD. It is necessary to revert these changes. Because you won’t be able to use the Accessibility center, it can also cause some security issues. Here is how to do it:

Step 1: Sign out from Windows 11 or go to the Windows 11 lock screen.

Step 2: Press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard. 

Step 2: Now click on the power icon and Restart. Make sure to press and hold the Shift key. 

You will now see the advanced troubleshooting options.

Step 3: Click on Troubleshoot

Step 4: Now click on Advanced options

Step 5: Finally, click on Command Prompt

Step 6: Enter the following command:

cd windows/system32

Step 7: Type the following command and hit enter:

del utilman.exe

Step 8: Now type the following command and hit enter:

ren utilmanbackup.exe utilman.exe

Step 9: Type the following command to exit the Command Prompt:

exit

Step 10: Click on Continue on the troubleshooting menu. 

Verdict

You might forget the Windows 11 password anytime; you don’t need to panic because you can easily recover the password for free.

First, try to reset from the Microsoft account or answer the security questions. The third scenario is for people who do not have any password recovery methods.

The method seems long, but it will take a few minutes only, so make sure that you follow each step carefully. You should always link your Microsoft Account with your Windows 11 PC. This way, password recovery is seamless. In case of any issues, feel free to comment down below. 

Reset Windows 11 Password FAQs

Q: Can I reset my Windows 11 password with my Microsoft Account?

A: Yes, if you have your Microsoft Account liked to Windows, you can reset your Windows 11 password. Click on “I forgot my password.” Then, follow the on-screen instructions to ensure you are connected to the WiFi.

Q: Is it safe to use CMD to reset Windows 11 password?

A: If you follow all steps carefully, the method is safe. It is important to revert the changes after changing the password. Otherwise, your PC might face some issues.

Q: Can I reset Windows 11 password using CMD?

A: Yes, in some cases, you can reset your Windows 11 password using CMD, following the 3rd method. Replace the Accessibility Center with Cmd; once we have cmd at the login screen we can easily change the password.

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