How to Reset/Recover Forgotten Windows 8 Password without Disk

May.17, 2017 16:33. Posted by to Tutorials

So, you landed on this page which indicates you have forgotten your own Windows 8 login password. Do not worry, you are not the first one who has ever forgotten Windows 8 password. Also, it doesn't mean that it is the end of your computer and you decide to throw it in the trash.


You will be amazed to see how quickly you can recover the forgotten password. That's correct, in this guide, we will show you three methods to recover forgotten Windows password. However, it varies how much time it will consume depending on which method is eligible on your situation.


We certainly won't advice you to re-install operating system which is the most brutal way to punish your computer. It will cause severe data loss that can further damage your entire hard work. The methods shared in this tutorial will never cause any data loss whatsoever. So, hop in and learn how to recover forgotten Windows 8 password.


Method 1: How to Reset Forgotten Windows 8 Password for Free

Method 2: How to Recover Windows 8 Password via Password Reset Tool

Method 3: How to Reset Windows 8 Password with Password Recovery CD


Method 1: How to Recover Forgotten Windows 8 Password for Free

When you setup a Windows 8 computer, you have to add a Microsoft account to unlock more features on the system. This is much different from Windows 7 or Windows 10. So if you are using Microsoft account as the default account type for your Windows 8 login, then resetting the password of your Microsoft account can easily resolve this issue. Follow this procedure to reset your Microsoft account password. After that, you can use the new password for login.


Step 1: Please go to Microsoft account reset page (here) with a web browser.


Step 2: Now, enter the email or the phone number that is linked with your Microsoft account and click next.


Step 3: Input the Microsoft email or phone number and hit "next". Select how you would like to receive the one time security code and click "next".


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Step 4: Select the email or phone number in which you want to receive the one time security code.


Step 5: Enter the security code upon asking and click next. Set up a new password for your Microsoft account and write it on a piece of paper. Restart the locked PC and enter the new password to login into your computer.


Note: This part is only eligible for those who has Microsoft account as their default Administrator account in Windows 8. If you used local administrator password then this part won't even work for you. In that scenario, you should use a third party program to completely bypass the Windows 8 login screen which will explain in the next method.


Method 2: How to Recover Windows 8 Password via Password Reset Tool

Windows Password Recovery is the one of the best tools to reset Windows login password. It is very fast (only takes 3 minutes to recover password) and all the users can use this tool freely as there is no special technical skill required. Not only it recover the forgotten Windows 8 password, it completely removes it from the login screen and let you enter into your PC without entering any password at all. It works in all Windows computers including Windows 10, 8, 7, 2000, XP, etc. So without waiting any further, let us explain how to use this program.


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Windows Version
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Mac Version

Step 1: Download and Install Windows Password Recovery

Download the program and install it separate working computer. The installation process is basic and should be done within few seconds.


Windows Password Recovery start up

Step 2: Create Password Reset Disk with USB or CD/DVD

Start the tool and insert the USB flash drive to the computer. Select the flash drive name from the drop down option and click on "Burn USB" to burn all the files on the flash drive. Wait until the burning process is completed and once done, you will get a confirmation message like the following screenshot. Eject the flash drive and plug it on the locked computer and turn it on.


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Step 3: Change Boot Settings in BIOS on Locked Windows 8 Computer

As soon the computer starts, keep pressing special key (Esc/Delete/Enter/F12/F10/F2) to enter into BIOS settings and make USB flash drive as the first boot device. This will let the computer load Windows Password Recovery during startup.


bios settings for boot priority


Step 4: Reset Windows 8 Password of Selected Account

After Windows Password Recovery was loaded, you will have to select the operating system i.e. Windows 8 and select the main administrator username that is locked. After that, click on "Reset Password" and wait until it clears the password from the screen.


Eject the USB flash drive when it is done and click on "Reboot". Your computer should turn on and it will let you enter into your PC without any password. That's it. Now enjoy and have fun!


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Kindly download and install the program to get your computer unlocked in minutes!

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Windows Version
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Mac Version

Method 3: How to Reset Windows 8 Password with Password Recovery CD

Cain & Abel is yet another password recovery tool for Windows computers. It uses several algorithms and schemes to decode the encrypted passwords including brute force attacks, dictionary and cryptanalysis attacks. Follow these steps to reset Windows 8 password using Cain and Abel.


Step 1: Download and install the program on your computer.


Step 2: You will have to attach the locked hard drive on a working computer and use it as a secondary disk drive.


Step 3: Click on "Tools" followed by "Syskey Decoder" and the program will automatically show the locked username.


Cain Abel Password Reset tool


Step 4: Select the "Cracker" tab and choose "LM & NTLM Hashes" and choose the SAM file of your locked computer and enter the boot key that you just received from the above step.


Step 5: Hit next and choose the locked username and right click on it then select Brute Force Attack followed by NTML Hashes. Now select the predefined charset and password length and start the program.


Cain Abel Password Recovery


That's all. Now wait patiently while the tool recovers the password. This program can be only used by advanced computer users and quite difficult to apply for novice users. In addition, it would take days to break the password if it was strong enough. If you find this confusing then move on to the method mentioned above.


The End:

Recovering forgotten Windows 8 password is so easy as you can see from the above steps. As soon you gain access to your computer, set up a new password for PC and this time write down the password on a piece of paper or text file and save it on a convenient location so that if you forget your password again, you can retrieve it easily.


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