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How to reset account password on Windows 11

If you forgot your Windows 11 account password, in this guide, you'll learn the steps to regain access whether you have a local or Microsoft account.

Windows 11 reset password

On Windows 11, if you forgot your account password, you don’t have to worry like in the old days since the system offers a pretty straightforward option to reset the password no matter the account type, including a local account or Microsoft account.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to reset the password of your Windows 11 account whether you are using a Microsoft account or a traditional local account without a reset disk. The instructions also work to change the password for a standard or administrator account.

Reset Microsoft account password on Windows 11

To reset the password of a Microsoft account on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Click the I forgot my password option on the Sign-in screen.

    Microsoft account forgot password

  2. Confirm your recovery email address.

  3. Click the Get code button.

    Verify your identity

  4. Confirm the code you received in your recovery email account or the method you used.

    Confirm Microsoft account reset code

  5. Click the Next button.

  6. Create a new password.

    Windows 11 reset MSA

  7. Click the Next button.

  8. Click the Finish button.

Once you complete the steps, you will regain access to your account, but changing your password will also change the password you use to check your emails online with the same Microsoft account.

Alternatively, you can reset your account password online using the Microsoft account recovery process.

Reset local account password on Windows 11

Windows 11 inherits a recovery mechanism from Windows 10 that lets you reset your local account password without having to resource to workarounds, and it works very similarly to the Microsoft account recovery process.

If you still have access to your account, you should update your local account with security questions, which makes it possible to regain access to your account after you’re locked out.

If you’re already locked out of your account and didn’t add security questions, you can use this advanced workaround to reset your password. This workaround was meant for Windows 10, but it should also work for Windows 11.

To reset the local account password on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Type the wrong password once in the Sign-in screen and click the OK button.

  2. Click the Reset password option.

    Windows 11 local account password reset

  3. Answer the three security questions and press Enter the third answer box.

    Reset password for local account

  4. Reset your Windows 11 account password and press Enter to complete the process.

Once you complete the steps, the password will be updated, the account will open, and moving forward, you will need to use the new password to access your account.