There are many ways to bypass a forgotten Windows 10 password, but not all of them are secure. In certain cases, your data may be lost forever, becoming unrecoverable. This might happen because of a corrupted hard drive or a number of other reasons. But if the only problem is that you forgot your password, there are a couple of secure ways to bypass it and still be able to retain your data. Below, we’ve described two secure ways to bypass a forgotten Windows 10 password while keeping your data safe.
Method 1: Reinstall Windows 10 after Recovering Data Using WinPE Boot Disk
WinPE is the Windows Preinstallation Environment. It is not a full-fledged operating system, but it will allow you to do a lot of things like set up hard drives, install Windows from a local drive and, more importantly, recover data from your drives.
The process is a little time-consuming but your data will remain as it is until you retrieve it and store it in a safe location. The process is explained in detail below, and the initial steps need to be carried out on a different computer since your primary PC is locked:
Step 1: The first step is to create WinPE media. To do this, you will need to download and install the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) with the Deployment Tools option, followed by the WindowsPE addon kit.
Step 2: Now launch the Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment as admin and run CopyPE in the command line to create a set of working files:
copype amd64 C:\WinPE_amd64
Step 3: Now insert a USB flash drive into the computer and once again launch the Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment as admin. Run the following command:
MakeWinPEMedia /UFD C:\WinPE_amd64 P:
(Replace the P: with the drive letter of your USB drive.)
Step 4: Use the bootable USB drive to boot your locked PC into WinPE. In Advanced Startup Options, click on Command Prompt. Run the following command to launch Notepad, then press Enter:
Step 5: Inside Notepad, click File > Open. You’ll see an Explorer window.
Step 6: Insert a DVD into the optical drive, then go back to the Explorer window, right-click on any important files that you want to save and select Send To and choose your optical drive in the contextual menu.
Note: You won’t see any progress bar or anything, and the system might look like it’s frozen. Just wait for it to unfreeze, then eject the disk with your data.
You can now proceed to reinstall Windows 10 without worrying about your precious data being gone. This will wipe your password and you can access the PC without it.
Obviously, you’ll need some technical expertise to execute this whole process. If you’d rather avoid going through all that trouble, consider using a password reset software that will keep your data safe and still get you access to your PC. No reinstallation of Windows required.
Method 2: Use TunesBro WinGeeker Ultimate to Bypass Windows 10 Password
One guaranteed way of bypassing a forgotten Windows 10 password is by using a purpose-built software application like TunesBro WinGeeker Ultimate. Millions of Windows users right from XP and Vista up to Windows 10 will tell you that they haven’t come across an application that’s easier to use than this one. Not only has WinGeeker gone through extensive testing on all the top PC brands in the world, but it also contains the WinPE files required to boot from a disk or drive. In addition, the ISO burning feature means you don’t need any additional tools or even do any command line work.
The application works by letting you create a password reset disk on a different PC (since yours is locked), and then use that to unlock your Windows 10 computer no matter how complex or long your password might be. Just follow the simple instructions outlined below and you’ll be accessing your computer in no time. The best part is that your files are left untouched, so no data loss will occur during this process. Here’s how it works:
Step 1: On a secondary PC, download TunesBro WinGeeker Ultimate and install the application by following the instructions in the Setup Wizard. Insert a USB drive or a DVD/CD and launch WinGeeker. Make sure the right storage medium is selected in the software window, and click on Burn against that option. Your reset disk will be created in a few moments.
Step 2: Remove this disk and boot your locked Windows 10 PC from it. Do this by going into the BIOS Setup Utility (press F2 or the PC manufacturer’s special key to get there) and changing the boot order using the up and down arrow keys. Save and exit, and the computer will boot from your reset disk.
Step 3: In the WinGeeker interface, select Windows 10 and the locked account’s user name, then click on Reset Password. Wait for a few seconds until the process is complete, then remove the disk or drive and click Reboot.
That’s it! You’re all done, and you can now access your PC without a password. If you have any question about the program, you can get a quick response from TunesBro team. This is obviously much easier than the first method and is the recommended approach if you want to bypass a forgotten Windows 10 password and still keep your data intact.