In this guide I explain two ways to recover your password in Windows depending on the type of account you have.
In this guide I tell you how reset the password on a Windows 11 PC. This is a procedure that will help you with those accounts for which you do not remember the password, whether they are associated with a Microsoft profile or are local. As usual, my intention is for this publication to be accessible to all types of users, so everything is explained in a very simple way.
- Steps to recover the password in Windows 11
Steps to recover the password in Windows 11
Yeah You cannot access your Windows 11 account because you don’t remember the password, don’t worry. You can still reset it and access your computer normally again. What are the steps you should follow?
In reality, it depends a lot on the type of account you have. Normally, in Windows 11, users log in with their Microsoft account. Now, there is still the possibility of creating local accounts. If your current account is one of the latter, the system asked you at the time to respond to three security questions.
In case you have a local windows account and assuming you are on the lock screen, select and account and press the link Restore password.
Then, the questions you selected at the time will appear on the screen. You have to enter the answer in each text field. It is crucial that you remember what you answered to the questions. Although these are questions that cannot have multiple answers, it is not unusual for some users to respond randomly to skip the procedure as soon as possible.
After entering the correct answers, Windows 11 will allow you to create a new password. Note in the following image It is not necessary to enter the previous password. Since the system has already validated your identity through security questions, the only thing left is for you to define the new password.
When finished, your account will be ready to be used with the password already reset.
The other possibility is that you are using an account associated with a Microsoft profile. In this case, the login is carried out with a method supported by Windows Hello, such as PIN, face unlock, or fingerprint sensor. If none of them help you access and you do not remember the PIN, you must click on I forgot my PIN.
Then, you will have to log in with the Microsoft account associated with the Windows 11 account. If you also do not remember the password for this, you will have the option Forgot your password? In any case, once you have signed in with your Microsoft account, Windows 11 will allow you to set a new PIN. You can use a numerical or alphanumeric combination. The thing is, it needs to be one that you can remember to continue accessing your device.
What if I can’t reset my password?
There is a possibility that you can’t reset the password, either because you don’t have access to your Microsoft account or because you don’t know the answers to the security questions. When you are in that situation, you will have no choice but to reset the computer, deleting all the files on it. It is a process very similar to formatting an Android mobile to make it like new.
I understand that you don’t want to lose the information you have on your computer. Therefore, I encourage you to review these guidelines to recover your dataeven if you are not able to access the account:
- Cloud. Check on another device that your content is synced to the cloud. If so, you have nothing to worry about.
- Disk. Choose to remove the storage drive from your computer and put it in another. That’s not always possible, but it is a possibility, especially for desktop PC users.
- Linux. You can also try a live Linux distribution to try to access the computer’s disk. You may need to install a tool to read NTFS partitions.
So that this does not happen to you again, you may be interested in taking a look at the guide that we already published on how to remove the Windows 11 password. Although there are some reasons why you shouldn’t delete your password from your account, it can be a way to ensure that you don’t lose access to your computer again, especially if your computer is usually located in a secure location.
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