How to Reset Passwords in Windows 11

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This post shows students and new users how to change or reset their passwords in Windows 11.

Windows 11 allows you to change your password if you can not remember your current password. This can be done easily as long as you remember key password hints and have an online account.

Resetting passwords in Windows works similar to that of any other system. Usually you type in password hints when settings creating new passwords. In the event that you forget, complete the password hints and reset it.

If you’re a student or new user looking for a Windows computer to use, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

To get started with resetting your password in Windows 11, follow the steps below.

Changing your Password in Windows 11

If you already know your password, then simply use the steps below to change it.

Select Start and go to Settings as show in the image below.

windows 11 settings button

In the System setting page, go to Accounts Sign-in options. The Sign-in options allows you to reset passwords, security key, Windows Hello and others.

windows 11 reset change password

Under Password, select the Change button and follow the steps.

windows 11 reset current password

Follow the steps to change your current password. You’ll be prompted to type in your current password. If you do not know your current you won’t be able to change it.

windows 11 password change

Complete the password change process and you’re done.

Note: The above process will only work if you know your current password. If you don’t, then continue below.

Reset your Password in Windows 11

If you’ve forgotten or lost your Windows 11 password for a local account and need to sign back in to your computer, then continue below to learn how to reset your password and gain access to your computer.

For all Windows 11 editions, internet access is required to perform updates and to download and take advantage of some features. A Microsoft account is required for some features.

For some Windows 11 devices, an internet and Microsoft account will be required for password change and reset. You can reset your Microsoft account online using the email address registered and signed in with.

If you sign in with Microsoft account, then go to the link below to reset your account.

Microsoft account | Sign In or Create Your Account Today – Microsoft

If you sign in with a local account, then use the steps below:

On the login screen, type the password you think it’s correct. If it comes back as incorrect, then select the Reset password link on the sign-in screen.

windows 11 reset forgotten password

At the reset link, enter the security questions provided. This will be the same you answered when you first setup your machine.

windows 11 reset local password
  • Answer your security questions.
  • Enter a new password.
  • Sign in as usual with the new password.

Resetting your Computer

If you still can’t answer the security questions above, you can’t reset Microsoft online account and still not able to login, then another option will be to reset your device.

Resetting your device will permanently delete your data, programs and settings.

To reset your device, which will delete data, programs, and settings:

  1. Press the Shift key while you select the Power  button > Restart in the lower-right corner of the screen.
  2. On the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot Reset this PC.
  3. Select Remove everything.

That should get you back into your machine.


This post showed you how to change or reset your password in Windows 11. It also showed you how to reset your computer if you can’t get into your computer with a password.

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1 Comment

  1. My younger brother keeps accessing my computer through my security questions. Is there a way I can change them or completely disable them? Thanks, Obinna

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