How to Reset the Password on a Lenovo Laptop

What to do if you forgot your Lenovo laptop password

What to Know

  • If you log in with your Microsoft Account, go to the Microsoft account recovery page. Be sure to set up security questions.
  • If you created a Windows password reset disk, try logging in, then insert the reset disk. Boot from the USB drive if it doesn't start automatically.
  • If you don't have the password, ask an administrator to reset it for you, use a third-party password reset tool, or factory reset your PC.

This article explains how to reset the password on a Lenovo laptop if you forget it. These instructions apply to all versions of Windows.

How Do You Reset the Login on a Lenovo Laptop?

If you use your Microsoft Account to log in to your PC (i.e., you use an email address), reset your Microsoft Account password using another device. Go to the Microsoft account recovery page, enter your email address, phone number, or Skype name and follow the instructions.

After resetting your Microsoft Account password, you have the option to set up security questions, which is helpful when you forget your password. You can then select Forgot Password on the login screen to access your account.

If you're using a local account and know your password, log in and change your Windows password by going to Sign-in options > Password > Change. If someone else can log in to the computer and has administrator privileges, you can have another user change your password.

Change under Password in Windows Sign-In Options

How Do You Unlock a Laptop if You Forgot the Password?

Your best bet is to create a Windows password reset disk on a flash drive or CD/DVD in case you forget your password. Of course, this is something you must do before losing your password. Once you make a reset disk, you can use it as many times as you need to, even if you change your password in the future.

Once you have your reset disk, follow these steps:

  1. Try logging in with any password. Select OK when you're told the password is incorrect.

  2. Insert the password reset disk. The Password Reset Wizard should start automatically.

    If the reset disk doesn't start right away, try booting from the USB drive through the system BIOS.

  3. Select your USB drive with the reset disk and follow the instructions to create a new password.

How Do You Unlock a Lenovo Laptop Without a Password Reset Disk?

If you don't know your password and you don't have a reset disk, there's a workaround you can use to reset your Windows password from the Command Prompt. The only problem is Windows may ask for your password. If that's the case, you can use a tool like Hiren's BootCD PE.

There are other third-party password recovery tools for Windows like Passware Windows Key Basic, but you should carefully research non-Microsoft products before you download them. Such programs allow you to access administrative settings so you can reset your Lenovo laptop's password.

Another option is to factory reset your laptop, which will wipe all of your files. The next time you turn it on, you'll have to set up the PC like you first got it. This method only makes sense if you don't mind losing everything on the machine.

How Do I Bypass the Lock Screen on My Lenovo Laptop?

Once you have access to your account, there's a way to skip the login screen in the future.

  1. In Windows search, type netplwiz and select the program that comes up in the search results.

    Searching for the Windows user settings menu with Netplwz highlighted in search box
  2. Under User Name, select your account and uncheck the box next to Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.

  3. Select Apply, then OK. The next time you try to log in, you won't need to provide a password.

    Windows 10 user settings menu with checkbox, OK, and Apply highlighted
  • How do I reset the password on a Lenovo laptop running Windows 10?

    First, select Reset Password on the sign-in screen to reset the Windows 10 admin password. If those steps don't work, ask another administrator to change your password from Control Panel > User Accounts. You could also reset your password using the net user command from the Command Prompt.

  • How do I factory reset my Lenovo laptop without a password or password reset disk?

    You can factory reset your laptop without a password by booting your PC in Safe Mode. To do that, go to the sign-in screen > press Shift > and then select Power > Restart. When your laptop boots, select Troubleshoot > Reset this PC > Remove everything.

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