Lenovo is one of my favourite laptop brands aside from HP. And I believe you also have your favourite laptop brand. Of which my current Windows laptop is a Dell [Latitude 7470]. I personally love the device due to its sleekness. However, it can be frustrating when you are locked out of your device with the password you created yourself. Well, in this guide, I will walk you through how to change your laptop password [IF] forgotten.
The approach to change your password on your Laptop in this guide works for all Windows devices.
Meanwhile, all Windows users will be prompted to sign into their laptops using the Microsoft email address for security reasons. You will also be prompted to choose a password backup question that can help you to remember your password so quickly.
Therefore, with the help of this guide, you will know how to reset or change your laptop password.
Change your Laptop password
Just before you go ahead to change your Laptop password ensure that the following has been cross-checked:
- Make sure that the Caps Lock is not on.
- Ensure that the keyboard layout matches your country/region.
- Try out the password hint or a picture password.
Now, you can proceed to change your Laptop password through the best option that works for you.
How to Reset your Microsoft Account Password for Windows 10
You may reset or change your password from any web browser if you sign in using your Microsoft email address and password.
- To create a new password, go to Microsoft and recover your account (in English).
That’s it! Now, you have successfully changed your password.
Change the Local Password when you know the Current Password
If you know your existing computer password and want to change it, use the Windows account sign-in options. Follow the steps below:
- Find and open the Sign-in settings menu in Windows.
- To establish a new password and hint, click on Change under Password and then follow the on-screen instructions.
That’s it! Your laptop password has been changed.
Change your Laptop Password from another user Account
To control another account in Windows, sign in using a different account. The account needs administrator privileges. To accomplish these tasks, the account owner may need to assist you. Follow the steps below:
- Use the second user account to log in to the computer.
- Find and launch the Control Panel in Windows.
- After clicking on the User Accounts once, click User Accounts again.
- Tap on Manage another account.
If Manage another account is not available, then it means that the account does not have administrative rights. Note that to reset your password, the account must have administrator rights.
- Choose the account with the password you wish to change.
- To establish a new password and password hint, click Change the password and then adhere to the on-screen instructions.
- Sign out of the account, then use your new password to get into your primary account.
Use a USB Drive or External Disk to Reset your password
With the use of a reset disk or USB flash drive from the Forgotten Password Wizard, you can reset the password for your local Windows account. Follow the steps below:
- Turn on the computer, then try to log in.
- If the password is wrong, try once more and select OK.
- Click Reset password after inserting the USB flash drive or password-reset disk into the computer.
- The Password Reset Wizard will open.
- Click Next, then select the location of the password key from the drop-down option.
- To generate a new password and password hint, follow the instructions displayed on the screen.
- Click on End once it’s done by clicking Next.
Note that you don’t need to create a new password reset disk for the new password.
How to Change your Password on Windows 10 Laptop
You can change your Windows 10 password by following the few steps below:
- If you have a Windows 11, the process is almost identical (simply search for Password instead, and select Change Your Password).
- For Windows 10, select Password followed by Change and follow the same on-screen instructions.
- Use the Windows search bar to look for Sign-in options and then choose the relevant result.
- Choose the Change button after selecting the Password sign-in option.
- Enter your Current Password when prompted.
- Type in your New Password (ensure it’s a strong one), confirm it, and if necessary, add a password hint.
- Click on Finish.
That’s it! This is how to change your laptop password if you are using Windows 10.
How to Change your Password on macOS
With macOS, changing your password is simple, however, the specific steps depend on your setup. Follow the steps below:
- Search for Sign-in Options in the Windows search bar and select the corresponding result.
- Once the login page appears after turning on your Mac, click on the question mark to the right of the password field.
- If you don’t see it, try three times with the incorrect password, and it should pop up.
Select Reset it using your Apple ID if you have the option to do so, then continue with the step that follows below:
- If prompted to make a new keychain, select OK to restart your Mac and move on to the following step.
- If you are prompted to choose an admin for which you are aware of the password, enter it or select Forget all passwords to restart and carry out the reset procedure.
- You might have to select Deactivate Mac on some Macs to proceed with the password reset.
- Select the Restart and show password reset options if your Mac restarts or if you see it, and then wait for the reboot to finish.
- Following that, you can log in with your Apple ID or enter your FileVault recovery key.
- When prompted, choose the user account for which you want to reset the password after entering the necessary information.
- Add a new password, then click Next and choose Restart.
That’s it! You can contact a nearby computer repair firm if all other password recovery options are either unavailable or ineffective. Many services provide password recovery for a fee.
Reset your Computer when every other option fails
You don’t have to get rid of the computer if all efforts to retrieve your password fail. As an alternative, you can restart your computer from scratch and set up a new password. Note that all files and local passwords will be deleted once you reset your computer. Follow the steps below:
- Press and hold the shift key on the sign-in screen, click the power icon, choose Restart, and keep holding the shift key until the Select an option screen appears.
- Click on the Troubleshoot option.
- After selecting Delete everything, tap Reset this Computer.
- Choose just the drive that has the Windows installation.
- Next click on Reset after selecting only remove my files.
Windows do an operating system reinstall. When everything is finished, Windows’ welcome screen appears.