There are various times most users tend to forget their passwords, due to regular stress, having too many passwords, misplacing block letters for small letters and many other reasons. Glaritech has opened up the many options available to open up your laptop all over again, with the steps listed below.
Changing Your Windows 8 or 10 Password in Safe Mode
Using a Separate Administrator Account to Change Your Password on a Mac
Resetting Your Mac Password Using Apple ID
Resetting Your Mac Password with Reset Password Assistant
CHANGING YOUR WINDOWS 8 OR 10 PASSWORD IN SAFE MODE
1 Restart the computer from the login screen. This restart is a little different than the kind you normally perform. Boot to the login screen, then click the Power icon. Hold down the ⇧ Shift key on the keyboard as you click “Restart.” This is the first of two restarts you’ll perform in order to boot into Safe Mode.
2Choose a restart option. Once the computer restarts, you’ll be brought to a screen that says “Choose an option.” Click “Troubleshoot,” then “Advanced Options,” then “Startup Settings.” Click “Restart” to boot the machine into a new option screen.
3Press 4 or F4 to enter Safe Mode. The exact key to press varies among computers. The computer will now boot to a Safe Mode login screen.
4Log in as the built-in Administrator. Click the arrow icon to choose the account called “Administrator.” You will not need to enter a password.
5Open the User Accounts Control Panel. Press ⊞ Win+X, click “Control Panel,” then “User Accounts.”
6Click “Manage Another Account.” In the list of accounts, choose the user account whose password you need to reset.
7Click “Change Password.” Now you can reset the password for your regular username. You’ll need to type it twice in order to confirm it, then click “Save.”
8Restart the computer. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del, then click the Power icon, then “Restart.” When the computer boots back up, it will do so normally, and you’ll be able to log in with your regular username and the new password you created.
USING A SEPARATE ADMINISTRATOR ACCOUNT TO CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD ON A MAC
1Log into an administrator account. If you have an administrator account that is separate from your personal account on your Mac, you can access your profile setting from there.
2Open System Preferences. If a lock symbol appears, click on it and enter the administrator log on information again. Then click the “Users & Groups” icon.
3Select the account you’re locked out of. Click the Reset Password button, follow the prompts, and enter a new password. When you or the user of the account logs in after the password reset, they’ll have to update or reset the password themselves.
RESETTING YOUR MAC PASSWORD USING APPLE ID
1 Try to log in at least three times. After three login tries, you’ll see a message that says you can reset your password using Apple ID. If this message never appears, your account type is not compatible with this method.
2 Click the arrow button. The button appears next to the message about resetting your password with Apple ID.
3 Follow the instructions to create a new password. Choose something you’ll remember and restart the computer when prompted.
4 Create a login keychain. When the computer comes back up, log in with your new password. You’ll have to create a new login keychain for everything to work.
If you see a message that says “Create New Keychain” click it and follow the on-screen instructions.
If no message appears, open the Applications folder, then the Utilities folder. Open “Keychain Access” and choose “Preferences” from its menu. Click “Reset my default keychain” and follow the on-screen instructions.
RESETTING YOUR MAC PASSWORD WITH RESET PASSWORD ASSISTANT
1 Restart the computer in Recovery OS. If you’re using FileVault (which is mandatory for this method to work), wait at the login screen until a message appears that says something like “Use your power button to shut down and start again in Recovery OS.” Hold down the power button, wait a few seconds, then turn it back on.
2 Connect to the Internet in Recovery OS. If your computer is connected to the Internet with an Ethernet cable (a “wired” connection), you should already be connected to the Internet. To connect to Wi-Fi, move your mouse to the top of the screen to show the Wi-Fi icon, then click it to connect.
3 Choose an option in the Reset Password screen. When the computer boots into Recovery OS, you’ll see a screen that says “Reset Password” with three options beneath. Choose “I forgot my password” and click “Next.”
4 Enter your Apple ID and password to log into iCloud. This is your iCloud/Apple Account password, not the username and password you use to log into your computer. Once you log in, Recovery OS will retrieve the password recovery key from the iCloud server.
5 Reset your password. Once your recovery key is downloaded, enter a new password for your local computer account. Once the password is changed, click “Restart” to reboot the computer. When the computer comes back up, you’ll be able to log in with your new password.
6 Create a new login keychain. If you see a message that says something like “the system was unable to unlock your login keychain” (it might be different wording on different versions of OSX), click “Create New Keychain.” Follow the prompts and you should no longer see that message. If no Keychain message appears, you should manually create a login keychain by navigating to the Applications folder, selecting “Utilities,” then “Open Keychain Access.” Click “Preferences,” then “Reset my default keychain.”