One of the biggest problems we faced before the Windows 10 April 2018 Update is that we would lose our local user account if we forgot the username password in Windows 10. There was no single way to recover 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 a problem if you have applied version 1803 of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. In this update, Microsoft introduces the Security questions for the local Windows 10 account (though it took them long enough).
After adding security questions for your local Windows 10 user account, you won’t have to worry about losing your account when you forget your password. You can easily recover your password by answering these security questions set by you.
How to enable or disable Windows 10 security questions
To add security questions to your local Windows 10 account, follow the steps below.
- Go to the start menu.
- Click on Setting (the icon of settings on the left).
- To select accounts .
- From the left panel, select Options start of session .
- On Password , click on Update your security questions .
- You will have to configure 3 questions and answers.
- Select your preferred security questions and provide them with answers that you will always remember.
When you are done setting the security question for the local Windows 10 account, the next time you restart your computer, you should be able to see the Reset password link just below the password field.
Upon clicking, you will be offered to reset your password by answering the security questions you set above. So now you no longer have to worry about forgetting your password.
How to disable Windows 10 security questions
Log in to your local Windows 10 user account. Go to Setting > Accounts > Options start of session > Update your security questions as stated above. Just remove all the security questions you have previously set up.
Upgrade : It seems that we can no longer delete security questions in this way. The only way to remove it is to remove your password first. Then press CTRL + ALT + DELETE 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 just installed Windows 10, when prompted to set up your local account and password during the installation wizard, Out of the box experience (OOBE), select to configure it later. When you enter Windows, press CTRL + ALT + DELETE 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 not working
In order to see the security questions option, you must sign in with a local Windows 10 account. Otherwise, if you are signed in with a Microsoft account, the security questions feature will be hidden.
Well that makes sense because Microsoft account (Hotmail or Outlook) has its own way of recovering forgotten password.
How to change security questions in Windows 10
To change security questions in Windows 10, sign in to your local account. Then go back to Setting > Accounts > Options start of session > Update your security questions as stated above.
Select other security questions as desired and enter a new answer for each question. Click OK and the Windows 10 security questions will be updated on the next reboot.