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Problems with Windows 10 local account password or Microsoft Account


Table of Contents:

  1. What Are the Different Account Types for Windows 10?
  2. Reset Your Microsoft Account Password
  3. If you have forgotten the password hint for a Local Computer Account

This article discusses the types of login accounts in Microsoft Windows 10 and how to attempt to reset them if they are forgotten or lost.

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What Are the Different Account Types for Windows 10?

Microsoft created two different types of accounts that can be used to log into a Windows 10 device.

A Microsoft Account is a "connected account" that is not tied to the device itself, and a Microsoft Account can be used on any number of devices. Windows Store apps, settings and data can be accessed from any device you sign in to via cloud storage. To purchase apps from the Windows Store, you must have a Microsoft Account.

If you lose or forget your Microsoft Account password, you can recover it from any other device with access to the internet.

A local computer account is an account that is created for a particular device. Information created or stored in that account is tied to that computer and cannot be accessed from other devices.

If you lose or forget your local computer account password, you will need to remember the password hint to regain access to the account, or another administrator account on the computer can reset the password. If you do not remember your password hint, you will need to Reinstall Windows, which will destroy any data you have on the computer.

Dell recommends that customers create Microsoft Accounts for their devices to avoid reinstalling the operating system if the password hint is forgotten.

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Reset Your Microsoft Account Password

To reset your Microsoft Account, visit the Microsoft Reset Your Password site with any device connected to the internet. You may need to supply some security information to verify that you are the owner of the Microsoft Account, and you may also need access to the text-enabled phone number used to create the account.

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If you have forgotten the password hint for a Local Computer Account

If you have lost or forgotten your local account password hint, reinstalling the operating system is the only solution supported by Dell.

To restore Windows to its original factory settings, refer to Dell Knowledge Base article, "Reset or reinstall Windows 10 on a Dell computer".

If you wish to seek alternative support for lost passwords, search using your favorite search engine below:

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Article ID: SLN297956

Last Date Modified: 06/02/2016 03:40 PM


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