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Forgot Windows 10 Login Password But Remember PIN

"I usually use my PIN to log in to Windows 10. Since I haven’t entered my password for a long time, I forgot what it is. How do I reset my password after I log in with my PIN? It is an admin account."

Forgot your Windows 10 password but remember the PIN? Don’t worry. By logging in with a PIN, you have the same level of administrative rights to change your password. Now, in this article, we will show you how to reset your password when you forget your Windows 10 password but remember the PIN.

Forgot Windows 10 local account password but remember PIN

When you try to change your local account password from Settings or Control Panel, you will be asked to enter the current password instead of the PIN. However, the following options can help you get round such situation, allowing you to change Windows 10 password without the old one.

Option 1: Change password with Command Prompt

Step 1: Type cmd in the search box next the Start button. When the Command Prompt shortcut appears in the search results list, right-click it and select Run as Administrator. This will open a Command Prompt as administrator.

open command prompt

Step 2: Type net user <username> <password> and press Enter. Note: Replace <username> with your actual user name, and replace <password> with the new password you want.

reset password with command

Option 2: Reset password in Local Users and Groups

Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open the Run dialog. Type lusrmgr.msc in the Run box and click OK. This will open Local Users and Groups.

Step 2: Click on the "Users" folder to show all users, right-click on the user whose password you’ve forgotten, and select "Set Password".

select Set Password

Step 3: Click Proceed, and then set a new password for the user.

type new password

Forgot Windows 10 Microsoft account password but remember PIN

If you’re using a Microsoft account to log in to Windows 10, when you forget your password but remember your PIN, you can simply reset your password from Microsoft website.

Step 1: sign in to Windows 10 with the PIN.

Step 2: Open any browser, go to https://account.live.com/password/reset, and then follow the on-screen steps to reset your Microsoft account password.

Final Words:

Changing local account password within Windows 10 does not require the old password, but requires administrative rights. Therefore, if you are a standard or limited user account in Windows 10, in the case where you forgot your password but remember the PIN, you need to ask the administrator on this PC to change your password. Otherwise, without administrative rights, you have to reset your Windows 10 password with a USB flash drive.