Microsoft accounts are basically a combination of email and password that you use to gain access to all other Microsoft Services such as live, Hotmail, Skype, MSN, Outlook and so on. People are often confused about the concept of a Microsoft account because there are too many services associated with Microsoft. Chances are, that you already have an existing Microsoft account if you have a Hotmail, live, MSN or Outlook email ID. They all are considered as a Microsoft account.
So, if you reset or change password of your Microsoft account then you are changing password for all the services that is associated with Microsoft services.
Uses of a Microsoft Account:
- It is the default account type of Windows 8 and Windows 10.
- It is used to sign in on Skype, Outlook.com, Live, MSN and Hotmail.
- It is required to gain access on Xbox Live and OneDrive.
Please note: When you are resetting the password of your Microsoft account then you are changing the password for all above mentioned services.
Simply follow this procedure to reset Microsoft Account Password.
How to Reset Microsoft Account Password.
Resetting Microsoft account password is really simple and will hardly take 15-20 minutes maximum.
- A working computer/laptop or a mobile device with stable internet connection.
- Email or phone number associated with your Microsoft account.
Procedure to Reset Microsoft Account.
Step 1. From a working computer or Smartphone, go to https://account.live.com/resetpassword.aspx using any web browser.
Step 2. Click on “I forgot my password” and hit next.
Step 3. Enter the email or phone number of your Microsoft account, resolve the captcha code to prove you are not a robot and click on next.
Tip: If you don’t understand the captcha code then hit refresh to get a new captcha. And if the captcha is shown in two line then first type the letters from the first row then type the letter from the second row.
Step 4. On the next page, you will be asked to choose how to receive the verification code. You can either choose email or phone number to receive the verification code.
Step 5. As soon you choose the verification option, click on next and fill in the email ID if you chose Email option to receive the code or enter the phone number if you chose the text option.
Step 6. Enter the verification code that you just received on email or phone number and click on next.
Please note that it may take several minutes to receive the code. So, wait patiently until you get the verification code.
Step 7. After you entered the verification code, click on next and now you will be asked to enter the new password of your Microsoft account. Simply, set up a new password and click on next.
You will be able to see a confirmation message that your account is recovered and the password is successfully changed.
Congratulations! Now the password of your Microsoft account has been reset. Now use the new password to all Microsoft services that you use and enjoy.
As you see in this short tutorial, resetting Windows password is quite easy and doesn’t require any extra technical knowledge. Remember that this method only works if you are using a two-step verification method, which means you, must associate your Microsoft account with a different email or phone number. If you have done so, then use the mentioned method and reset your account password. When you set up a new password, make sure to write it on a piece of paper or text file so that you can retrieve the password if you forget again.