Windows 10 Password Reset

Win 8.1 and 10 Password Reset/Removal

Boot with a recovery disk or USB

Shift + F10 to open a command prompt

Run these commands

move c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe.bak

copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe

wpeutil reboot

Now on the login screen the utility manager will open a command prompt

Run these commands

net user <username> /add

net localgroup administrators <username> /add

Run these commandsClose prompt and reboot. Your new user will be in the login screen.


Alternate for Windows 10

Boot to install CD go to command prompt


C: <enter>

Cd system32 <enter>.

You should be at C:\Windows\System32

Run these commands

rename osk.exe osk.old <enter>

rename cmd.exe osk.exe <enter>

Exit <enter>

Boot to hard drive

The On Screen Keyboard will now launch a command prompt

Cd c:\Windows\System32

Net user <displays user accounts>

Net user <user> * to reset local account pw


To put the command prompt back boot to the install CD

Back to command prompt, c:\Windows\System32

Rename osk.exe cmd.exe

Rename osk.old osk.exe

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