One of the biggest problems we face prior to Windows 10 April 2018 update is that we would lose our local user account if we forget the username password in Windows 10. There was not a single way to retrieve the forgotten password in Windows 10. This post will show you how to enable or disable security questions in Windows 10.
Well, this is no longer an issue now if you have applied the Windows 10 April 2018 update version 1803. In this update, Microsoft introduces Security Questions for Windows 10 local account (took them long enough though).
After adding security questions for your Windows 10 local user account, you won’t have to worry about losing your account when you forget your password. You can easily retrieve your password by answering these security questions set by you.
How to Enable or Disable Windows 10 Security Questions
To add security questions to Windows 10 local account, follow the steps below.
- Go to Start menu.
- Click on Settings (the gear icon on the left).
- Select Accounts.
- From the left pane, select Sign-in options.
- Under Password, click on Update your security questions.
- You’ll have to set up 3 questions and answers.
- Select your preferred security questions and give them answers that you will always remember.
When you’ve done setting up the security question for Windows 10 local account, the next time you restart your computer, you should be able to see the Reset password link right below the password field.
When clicked, you’ll be offered to reset your password by answering the security questions you’ve set earlier. So, now you won’t have to worry about forgetting your password anymore.
How to disable Windows 10 Security Questions
Login to the Windows 10 local user account. Go to the Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options > Update your security questions as instructed above. Simply remove all the security questions you have set up earlier.
Update: It seems that we can no longer remove the security questions this way. The only way to remove it is by removing your password first. Then, press CTRL + ALT + DEL and select “Change a password”. When prompted to enter your old password, leave the old password field empty and enter your new password. However, this method is not guaranteed to work.
If you’ve just installed Windows 10, when it ask to set up your local account and password during the Out of Box Experience (OOBE) wizard, select to set it later. When you get into Windows, press CTRL + ALT + DEL and select “Change a password”. This way you can set a password for your local account without going through the “add security questions for Windows 10” process.
Windows 10 Security Questions doesn’t work
To be able to see the security questions option, you have to sign in with a local Windows 10 account. Otherwise, if you’re logged in with a Microsoft account, the security questions feature will be hidden.
Well, that make sense because Microsoft account (Hotmail or Outlook) has its own way for forgotten password retrieval.
How to change security questions on Windows 10
To change security questions on Windows 10, login to your local account. Then, go back to the Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options > Update your security questions as instructed above.
Select other security questions as you like and enter a new answer for each of the questions. Click OK and the Windows 10 security questions will be updated on next restart.