How to Reset / Recover Lost Microsoft Account Password

October 30, 2014

Starting with Windows 8, Microsoft has tried to push users to sign in to Windows with a Microsoft account. Comparing to a local account, you can easily recover a lost Microsoft account password without using any password cracking software or tricks.

In theory, you only have to go to https://account.live.com/ResetPassword.aspx and Microsoft will send you a password reset link to your alternate email address or to your phone. But things may get tricky if the alternate recovery email address is wrong or inaccessible.

Another problem exists with resetting a Microsoft account password if you use the password to sign in to your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 machine. Let’s assume you entered the recovery email correctly and received a password reset code. If the computer on which you forgot the password has no Internet access, you won’t be able to sign in with the new password. If you have no other account for this computer, you are in trouble.

Luckily there is a powerful recovery utility which can not only reset Windows 8 local account password, but also bypass Microsoft account login offline. The program is PCUnlocker, and it can boot from either a Live CD or USB stick. After booting your computer off the CD, it enables you to reset a forgotten Microsoft account password with ease. Check out this article for step-by-step instructions: How to Log in to Windows 8 If You Forgot Microsoft Account Password.

This software works by modifying the Windows password hashes that are cached locally for offline login, so you can then login to Windows 8 with a temporary password, and afterward switch back to use a local account. The temporary password provided by PCUnlocker couldn’t be used to connect to Microsoft online services such as email or Microsoft’s cloud.

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