14 December 2017  Amanda J. Brook  Senior Product Manager


Forgot the login password for Windows 10? No matter you are using administrator, local account or the Microsoft account, you can find some quick solutions here! 4 simple steps reset Windows 10 password for you without data lost! No need to reinstall Windows 10!

Windows sign-in password does help us prevent unauthorized access to our computer. Parts of Windows users are using Windows 10 now. However, it happens frequently that computer users forgot their Windows 10 login password. Or some day, they found their correct password has not been accepted by Windows 10 computer anymore. Have tried every possible password combinations and is still locked out. You may get crazy.
Then you may search Internet to find possible method to remove the password without damaging data inside. However, most solution needs you to go through complicated process like CMD.

For local account and administrator, the best and easiest way is to reset Windows 10 password with the pre-created password reset disk. But what if you did not have the password reset disk? Do not worry! Now you can create the password reset disk even you are locked out of your computer without any possible password!

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Method 1: Reset Windows 10 Password with Renee Passnow

If you do not have the pre-created password reset disk and it is the only one account in your Windows 10, Renee Passnow is your best choice at this moment. No password? No problem! Now Renee Passnow helps you create a password reset disk without any possible password of the account!

About Renee Passnow

  • Only 4 simple steps which takes 5 minutes only! Do not require related knowledge or possible password combinations.
  • Reset/remove the login password back to blank directly. Preserve all data inside!
  • For local account and administrator, Renee Passsnow will remove the password directly.
  • For Microsoft account, Renee Passnow will turn the Microsoft account into local one and preserve all the data inside the account.

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Compatible with: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP.

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How to Reset Windows 10 Password without Reset Disk

Preparation – Create New Windows 10 Password Reset Disk with Renee Passnow

You need:
  • Renee Passnow (Download now!)
  • Windows PC which can login and work normally (The Windows version of the computer you are using to create the Windows password reset USB does not matter.)
  • USB stick (Please backup data inside beforehand. All data will be erased when creating the reset disk) or CD/DVD(Need 200MB at least)

New Password Reset Disk create process: (No need to provide any possible password)

1. Choose creation method: USB or CD/DVD

2. Connect the USB/CD/DVD to your computer and then please click “Create USB” or “Create CD” to process the creation directly.

Whole password reset disk process with Renee Passnow does not need to provide any password or account information. 

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How to Reset Windows 10 Password with the New Created Password Reset Disk

Step 1: Boot the target PC from the created password reset USB/CD/DVD. 

1. Connect the new password reset disk to the target Windows 10 computer you want to reset password for. 
If you create password reset disk with USB, please connect the disk and the mouse to USB 2.0 Port which is in grey while USB 3.0 Port is in blue.It may not support USB 3.0 Port in some computers, but supports all the USB 2.0 Port.
comparison of USB2.0 and 3.0
2. Enter BIOS setting. 
Please hold a Hot key to enter the BIOS menu.Please click here to find how to change the boot order of your computer brand.

(Can not find your brand? Please refer to your PC manual to find out the method.)

Change the boot order of the target PC in BIOS.

If the bootable drive is not the first in boot order, your PC will start “normally” (i.e. boot from your hard drive) and will not check other drive.

If your computer is UEFI environment, check boot from USB under UEFI environment.
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After successfully changing the boot order in BIOS, please save the settings and reboot your PC.

Step 2: Select “PassNow!” function after booting from the bootable media you created. 

After loading into main interface, please select the “PassNow!” function.
main menu of Renee Passnow

Step 3: Select target Windows 10 system in the list. 


Step 4: Choose the target account then click “Clear Password” to reset its login password.

After reset successful, please restart your PC. Before restarting the computer, please disconnect the bootable USB/CD from your computer. Then your computer will boot normally.
If the account you want to reset password for is Microsoft one, Renee Passnow will create another local account which has the similar name with the Microsoft one and preserve all the data inside. After reset successfully, please select the related local account on the login page.
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Also, you can click “Create new account” to make a new administrator with Renee Passnow and then reset the password with this new created administrator.
The new account named “Reneelab” you created with Renee Passnow is enabled with administrator privilege. And the default password is 123456789.
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How Renee Password Work on Resetting the Password

By modifying the SAM file which saves the related Windows login information, Renee Passnow can reset the login password or create a new account. The modification of the SAM file will be in a professional and logical way to reach the password reset goal. We have test it millions times in different system and devices.
What is SAM file?

SAM, shorts of Security Accounts Manager, is a database file which saves user password in Windows system. It can be used to authenticate local and remote users. This file can be found in windows/system32/config in system disk. However, it is not allowed to change the information inside by computer users who do not have related professional knowledge. Once it has been replaced or modified without professional knowledge, your computer could be corrupted.

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Possible Reasons lead to Password Incorrect

Pin Code does not work anymore

This first happened in Windows 10. Users will be asked to set the PIN code when they login Windows 10 with the Microsoft account.

And after setting, we will login Windows 10 with PIN code instead of the password of our account. But this PIN code will be failed to work once you update your Windows, which is similar to many smart phones, finger print login need to be re-actived once you restart the mobile. Then you are required to enter the password. Some users may found they forgot the password they set! How to solve the forgotten password?


At this moment, you need to go to Microsoft to reset the forgotten login password of your Microsoft Account. If it does not work, you can also create a new administrator account or reset the forgotten Windows 10 password with Renee Passnow to access data associated with your Microsoft account

Please note that settings and some online data in the original Microsoft account will not be applied in the new administrator account.

And resetting password for Microsoft account with Renee Passnow will not change the password for the email. It is making the online account to be a local one which preserves all the data in the online account.

Caps Lock is activated

Password is case sensitive. You may activate the Caps Lock carelessly, which could lead you to enter the wrong password.
Please pay attention to the Caps Lock when you entering the password. Usually, the notification of “Caps Locks is on” will be shown once you activate the Caps Lock when entering password.

Num Lock is not activated

If your password is combined with numbers and characters, you may be notified the password is not correct if you do not active the Num Lock. Computer will not activate the “Num Lock” automatically when starting.
Activate the “Num Lock” manually and re-enter the password.

You are using the Microsoft account

If you forgot the password of Microsoft account, please refer to Method 2 to reset password for Microsoft account.

Common Situation

After trying every possible combination, you are still notified that the password is not correct. However, you do not want to pass through your computer to others because you saved lots of personal files insides.Although they make promise, who knows?
You can reset the password with Renee Passnow in 4 simple steps (Please refer to Method 3). Of course, it is much economical when comparing with system reinstall and send the computer to professional.
Renee Passnow is suitable for professionals and newbie. It does not need to make complicated steps like coding or changing CMD command. All you need to do is simple clicks and selection.
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Method 2: Reset Windows 10 Password with the Help of Other Administrator

If you share your computer with others, you may create another account which is enable to have administrator privilege. If yes, you can ask them to change the password for your with their account.
If your account is the only one on your computer, you may try the Method 1 directly if you do not want to reinstall Windows 10.
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Method 3: Reset Windows 10 Password via Microsoft

If you are using the Microsoft account to login your computer, you need to reset the password for the email. Go to the sign in page of Microsoft and reset the password.
However, the Microsoft password reset service does not work and you want to access to the data as soon as possible? What if we do not have the password reset disk and it is the only one account? Does it means we have to reset Windows system and lost all the data in the account? Of course not! Try method 1 now!
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Do not create the password reset disk for your Windows 10 computer and now you are locked out of your account? No problem. With Renee Passnow, you can create the Windows 10 password reset disk at any computer without providing password and account information. Just a few simple steps, you can regain access to your account!