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How to Reset Microsoft Account Password

Dec. 11, 2013 9:26 am / Posted by Jenefey Aaron to Windows Tips
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Microsoft account is formerly called Windows Live ID. It is the combination of an email address and a password that you use to sign in to services like, SkyDrive, Windows Phone, or Xbox LIVE. You can also use a Microsoft account to sign in to any PC running Windows 8.

If you forget Microsoft account password, you could lose access to not only your Windows 8 computer but also a lot of services like, SkyDrive, etc. Find out how to reset Microsoft account password in the following paragraphs. If you lost Windows login password, check to see How to Reset Windows Password.

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How to reset Microsoft account password when you forgot it

For Windows users who use Microsoft account as Windows 8 credentials, you can easily reset your lost Windows 8 password from any browser, on any computer or device, including your smartphone. This is because Microsoft manages those accounts online.

A. Email me a reset link

If you chose Email me a reset link, you'll be presented with one or more email addresses that you've previously associated with your Microsoft account.

Head to Next and you'll get a screen informing you that "We've sent a password reset link to these email addresses". Check your email account and open the email from Microsoft account team. Click the password reset link included in that email to reset your Microsoft account password.

B. Send a code to my phone

Chose this option, you'll have a code sent to the phone number you've associated with your Microsoft account. This code will be made available to you either via text message or phone call. Once you receive the code, enter it in the "Enter your code" field and then press Submit.

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C. I can't use any of these options

If neither of the above options works for you, this option could be your last resort. Click this option and then enter your Microsoft account email address in the Email address field and provide an alternative email address that Microsoft's support team can reach. Then click Next to proceed.

You will then be displayed the Recover your Microsoft account page on which you should enter and submit your info. Then wait for the email from Microsoft account team, and click the password reset link in the email to get your new password.

For Windows 8 users who use local Account, they could also rely on Windows Password Reset tool if they forget Windows login password. This tool could be very helpful especially when you have no internet connection and the above method doesn't work.

How to reset Microsoft account password if you still remember it

To prevent your computer being hacked, you can reset or change your Microsoft account password regularly, say every 2 months. This takes only several minutes.

For Windows 8 Exclusively

For All Windows OS with Microsoft Account

 As for now, you must be crystal clear about how to reset and change Microsoft account password. Keep these tips in mind in case you need to use them someday.

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