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How to find and reset your Apple passwords. A Step-by-Step Guide

Forgetting your password can be a frustrating experience, especially when it locks you out of your macOS or Windows computer. Fortunately, both operating systems provide methods to reset passwords and regain access to your system. In this article, we will provide a step-by-step guide on how to find and reset passwords for macOS and Windows, allowing you to regain control of your computer and resume normal operations.


Finding and resetting a password for macOS


Resetting Password for macOS through System Preferences


1. Start your macOS computer and click on the Apple logo in the top left corner of the screen.

2. Select "System Settings" (or "System Preferences" depends on the macOS version) from the dropdown menu.



3. In the System Settings window, click on "Users & Groups" (or "Users & Accounts" depending on the macOS version).


4. Authenticate by clicking on the lock icon in the bottom left corner and entering the username and password of an administrator account.

5. Select the user account for which you want to reset the password from the left sidebar.

6. Click on the "Reset Password" button located at the bottom of the window.

7. Enter a new password, confirm it, and add a hint for future reference.

8. Click "Reset Password" to apply the new password.

9. Close System Settings and restart your Mac.

10. Use the new password to log in to your macOS computer.



Resetting Password for macOS through Recovery


1. Start your macOS computer and click on the Apple logo in the top left corner of the screen.

2. Select "Restart" from the dropdown menu, and as the computer restarts, hold down the Command (⌘) and R keys simultaneously. This will boot your Mac into Recovery Mode.

3. Once in Recovery Mode, select "Utilities" from the menu bar and choose "Terminal" from the drop-down menu.

4. In the Terminal window, type "resetpassword" (without quotes) and press Enter.

5. The Password Reset Utility will appear. Select the account for which you want to reset the password.

6. Enter a new password, confirm it, and add a hint for future reference.

7. Click "Save" to reset the password.

8. Restart your Mac, and you should now be able to log in using the new password.



Resetting Password for Windows


1. On the Windows login screen, click on the "I forgot my password" or "Reset password" link.

2. Follow the on-screen instructions to initiate the password reset process. This may involve providing answers to security questions or providing an alternate email address or phone number linked to your Microsoft account.

3. Microsoft will send a password reset link or code to your alternate email address or phone number. Retrieve the link or code and follow the instructions provided.

4. Once you have reset the password, you will be prompted to enter the new password on the Windows login screen.

5. Enter the new password and proceed to log in to your Windows computer.


Note: If you are using a local account on Windows instead of a Microsoft account, you may need to use a password reset disk or a third-party password reset tool to regain access to your computer. It's recommended to create a password reset disk in advance to avoid being locked out.


Forgetting your password doesn't have to be a cause for panic. With the provided step-by-step guide, you can reset passwords for both macOS and Windows and regain access to your computer. Remember to keep your passwords in a secure location or use password management tools to avoid future lockouts. If you encounter any difficulties during the password reset process, it's recommended to consult the official documentation or seek assistance from the respective support channels for macOS or Windows.

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