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How to recover your PIN or password from the Windows 10 lock screen

You start up your PC after a long time and don’t remember your Windows 10 PIN or password. Don’t worry, you’re not screwed, really. It’s happened to all of us at some point. Suddenly, your memory magically fails on what that combination of numbers and letters is. Luckily, there’s a solution, like almost everything in life (almost, sadly).

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Today from Softonic, we’ll show you how to recover your PIN or password from the Windows 10 lock screen.

Easier than it looks

Recovering your PIN or password on Windows 10 is easier than it seems. However, we’ll explain it step by step, so you don’t miss a single detail.

The first thing you have to keep in mind is that the basic version of Windows 10 doesn’t easily allow recovery. However, with the latest updates, specifically the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the option of recovery from the lock screen was introduced. So, our first advice is that you update your operating system to the latest version to avoid the possible issues we’ve just mentioned (and also to correct possible bugs or even security breaches, which are pretty typical).

That said, recovering the PIN or password is very easy. If you look, there’s an option called I forgot my password on the login screen. Done and done. Click on it, so it redirects you to a screen where it asks When was the last time you initiated a session? It’s a guiding menu, so by clicking Accept, you’ll get to what interests you: the recovery menu.

The first thing it asks us for is the email you’ve linked to Windows 10. Enter the specific address and put in the captcha so the system can confirm that you’re not a robot. Once the process is verified, the second security layer comes into play, which is where you want to receive the code to be able to change the PIN or password. You’ve got two choices: by clicking on an associated email address, or by sending a text to an associated cell phone. Once you choose one, you’ll click Send code; you’ll then receive it by email or by cell phone, and fill in the corresponding field. If the code is correct, the system will give you the opportunity to enter a new PIN or password for our new Windows 10 system. Easy-peasy.

As we’ve mentioned before, the process is pretty simple, though the irritating part may occur when Windows 10 isn’t updated with the latest version. Without a doubt, it’s something we recommend you do before anything else. Oh! And if you don’t have a cell phone linked to your email account, do that ASAP: there’s nobody better than you (and your smartphone) to keep your personal info safe.

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