Reset Lost Windows 8 Password

There may be occasions when for whatever reason you can’t get in to your computer because you have lost the Windows 8 password, maybe you just set the machine up and miss-typed the password, or maybe it’s a rarely used machine and you’ve plain and simply forgot the password. Don’t fear though, there are a couple of ways you can remedy this situation.

The first option is the easiest, but does assume you have used the recommended option to set-up the machine using an online Microsoft Account, if you have then simply head over to where you can follow the simple password reset steps.

The second option is a little more tricky, but will allow you reset a Windows 8 password that is only a local password, or one on a machine that does not have internet access.

  1. Boot the computer to the login screen.
  2. Once at the login screen press Image+I to display the Settings menu.
  3. Click the Power Options icon, then whilst holding down the Shift Key click the ‘Restart’ option.(Keep the shift key held down until you see a message that the system is re-starting).
  4. On the first screen that appears after the re-start select ‘Troubleshoot’, next select ‘Advanced Options’. Lastly, select ‘Startup Settings’ and click the ‘Restart’ button.
  5. When you get to the next screen, press the ‘4’ key to choose ‘Safe Mode’.

Once you are in safe mode, you can use the built-in Administrator account to reset your Windows 8 password.

  1. At the login screen, click on the Arrow icon and select the Administrator account.
  2. Once you are in Safe Mode, press Image+W and select the Control Panel / User Accounts option.
  3. Select ‘Manage Another Account’ and select the account with the forgotten password.
  4. You can now use the ‘Change Password’ option here to reset the password.
  5. Now restart the computer and log in to the account with your newly changed Windows 8 password.