How to reset admin password on Windows 10

If you do not remember the administrator password on the computer (using Windows 10 operating system), you can refer to the following article to retrieve the Administrator password on Windows 10 or possibly change the Windows administrator account password 10 , if desired.

Administrator password or admin password (Administrator) on Windows is the most important account and has the highest right in Windows. Using the Administrator account, you can change any settings, settings or adjustments on Windows.

Windows 10

The following article will introduce you how to use CMD (Command Prompt) to regain admin rights (recover admin password) on Windows 10 operating system in two specific cases, namely: 

  • Once logged in to the computer 
  • When unable to log in the computer

Change admin password on Windows 10 

Case 1: In case you are logged in

If you forgot the admin password, but you're still logged in and using it normally, then recovering the admin password is quite simple now. As follows: 

Step 1: Open a cmd command window on your computer.

Step 2: Enter the command

net user [username] [password] in and Enter

Change admin password on Windows 10
Change admin password on Windows 10

Inside: 

  • username : The name of the admin account on the computer
  • password : New password

Case 2: In case you cannot log in

At this time, recovering admin password on the computer will be a bit difficult and difficult to perform (especially for those who do not have much experience using computers), specifically: 

Step 1: First we need the installation disk or USB to install Windows 10 . Connect the USB to the computer and then access BIOS or Boot Menu to boot the computer. 

References: 

Summary of shortcut keys to access the Boot Option (Boot menu) and the computer's BIOS

Step 2: After the computer boots up, the Windows Setup screen will appear, press SHIFT + F10 to open the interface of the Command Prompt.

Step 3: Enter the following 2 commands: 

move c: \ windows \ system32 \ utilman.exe c: \

copy c: \ windows \ system32 \ cmd.exe c: \ windows \ system32 \ utilman.exe

How to change the admin account password on Windows 10
How to change the admin account password on Windows 10

ATTENTION:

In the two paths above "c: \" is the drive containing the operating system that the author, for example, depending on your installation, name your operating system and replace it accordingly. 

Step 4: Disconnect the USB or remove the installation disc from the computer and then restart the device. Wait for the screen to pop up, left-click on the Ease of Access icon in the lower right corner of the screen. 

Step 5: Another Command Prompt window appears, you can reset the admin account password on Windows 10 by using the command: 

net user <username> <password>

Reset administrator password on Windows 10
Reset administrator password on Windows 10

Inside: 

  • Username : The name of the admin account
  • Password : The new password for the admin account

Done, proceed to close the cmd window, restart the computer and final check. 

Add an admin account on Windows 10

Add new admin account on the computer
Add new admin account on the computer

In some special cases, if you do not want to change the password of the current admin account on the computer, you can manually add the Administrator account to Windows 10 by performing the following commands: 

net user <username> / add
net localgroup administrators <username> / add