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What To Do If You Forget Your Password in Windows 8

By Andy Rathbone

When Windows 8 won’t accept your password at the Sign In screen, you may not be hopelessly locked out of your own computer. Check all these things before letting loose with a scream:

  • Check your Caps Lock key. Windows passwords are case-sensitive, meaning that Windows considers OpenSesame and opensesame to be different passwords. If your keyboard’s Caps Lock light is on, press your Caps Lock key again to turn it off. Then try entering your password again.

  • Use your Password Reset Disk. When you’ve forgotten the password to your Limited account, insert your Password Reset Disk to use as a key. Windows lets you back into your account, where you can promptly create an easier-to-remember password.

  • Let another user reset your password. Anybody with an Administrator account on your computer can reset your password. Have that person head for the desktop’s Control Panel, click User Accounts and Family Safety, and click User Accounts.

    There, she can click the Manage Another Account link to see a list of every account. Then, she can click your account name, and click the Change the Password link to create a password you can remember more easily.

If none of these options works, then you’re in sad shape, unfortunately. Compare the value of your password-protected data against the cost of hiring a password recovery specialist. You can find a specialist by searching for recover windows password on Google.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.