Add Security Questions In Windows 10 Lock Screen To Reset Password

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This tutorial explains how to add security questions in Windows 10 lock screen to reset password. This is a new feature of Windows 10 that works for the local account. When you forget your local account password and need to reset it directly from the lock screen, the security questions set by you will come in handy. Earlier, Microsoft came with a similar feature to reset password for Microsoft account in Windows 10 lock screen. Now, you will be able to reset your local account password directly from the lock screen with the help of security questions.

To add security questions in Windows 10 lock screen, you need to access Settings. There will be total 6 preset questions and you have to select 3 questions of your choice. For each question selected by you, you can enter the answer of your choice. When everything is done, the security questions will visible when you will enter the wrong password and click on reset password option on the lock screen of Windows 10.

security questions visible in windows 10 lock screen
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Above you can see the three security questions visible on Windows 10 lock screen to reset the password for the local account.

Note: This new add security questions in Windows 10 lock screen has come with preview build 17063. So, if you are using Windows 10 Fall Creators Update or lower version of the preview build, then you won’t be able to use this feature. If you can’t wait, then simply join the beta program and update it to preview build 17063.

How To Add Security Questions In Windows 10 Lock Screen To Reset Password for Local Account?

Step 1: Press “Windows logo key + I” hotkey to open the Settings window.

Step 2: The Settings window has Accounts option. Click that option.

click accounts

Step 3: After opening Accounts menu, click on “Sign-in options” visible on the left side. When you will do that, options related to sign in will be visible on the right-side. Among those options, you will see a new “Update your security questions” option. Click it.

click update your security questions option

Step 4: Microsoft Account window will open. But before that, you will also see Windows Security box. In that box, you need to enter your local account password so that you can proceed further.

enter local account password

Step 5: That’s it! Now you will see 6 boxes for 3 security questions and their answers. You can use the drop-down menu to select any of the 6 preset security questions (What was your first pet’s name?, What was your childhood nickname, etc.). Select a question and then add its answer as per your wish.

enter security questions and their answers

In this way, you can set the other 2 questions. You have to add all the three questions otherwise this feature won’t activate. Also, you can’t select the same question again for the next security question.

Now, lock your Windows 10 PC, enter the wrong password, and then click on reset password option. You will see that three security questions set by you are visible. Enter the passwords and then you will be able to reset your local account password.

Other interesting Windows 10 tutorials for you: connect Cortana and Gmail and hide particular files from Windows 10 Search Results.

The Conclusion:

Adding security questions in Windows 10 lock screen to reset the local account password is indeed a very useful feature. Those who usually forget their login passwords, this feature is gonna help a lot. I wish it would have come with the feature to set only one security question or create own security question but it is not so. We can use any of the 6 preset questions and have to set 3 security questions to add to lock screen of Windows 10 to reset the password. Try this feature.

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  • Saurabh Dua

    Hello Laxman! In one of the tutorials you explained on how to completely remove Cortana from Windows 10. Similarly, does there also exist a provision or a workaround to also remove – “Windows Defender” in an altogether manner from within Windows 10 !? Though disabled, Windows Defender still continues to run in the background consuming System resources unnecessarily ! Please suggest something in this regard as well? Thank you.

    • Laxman Singh

      @saurabh_dua:disqus Group Policy Editor is a good method to disable Windows Defender Antivirus. Open GPO and then you need to follow this path: Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → Windows Defender Antivirus and then use “Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus” option. I always use this method and it works. You may give it a try in case you haven’t already.

      • Saurabh Dua

        Hello Laxman!
        Iam sorry but Iam clueless on how to access this – “Group Policy Editor” !? Secondly, I have removed Cortana entirely so Iam unable to search for it via typing in the Search box !?
        So please walk me through the steps to follow the above instructions ?
        I’ll appreciate your Patience in this regard.
        Thank you.

        • Laxman Singh

          No problem :) First, press “Win+R”, which will open Run Command and then type gpedit.msc in the text box. It will launch Group Policy Editor window. After that, you can follow the steps I mentioned in previous comment. (Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → Windows Defender Antivirus and then use “Turn off Windows Defender Antivirus” option).
          If Group Policy is not available in your PC, then you can install it manually. This article will help you: http://www.ilovefreesoftware.com/25/windows-10/install-group-policy-editor-windows-10-home-edition.html
          If this doesn’t work, then I will share the Registry Editor method to disable Windows Defender Antivirus. See if it helps.

          • Saurabh Dua

            Hello Laxman!
            I followed the steps contained within the reference article & installed the ‘Group Policy Editor’ with success!

            However, Iam still unable to locate the >> Windows Defender within the same !?

            Please refer to the enclosed screenshot & help suggest further in the relevant context?

            Thanks for your patience.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/112f73ef55f9d0cce19b17f8be8c303af37ebfaf1ce00e41764e70ba10fc4e9f.jpg

          • Laxman Singh

            You will see “Windows Defender Antivirus” under Windows Components folder. I have added the screenshot for reference. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/55825d5a0f5c8c83af1bb57e4eb172ff7b4f188806d883fe7890a7084ea8c14b.png

          • Saurabh Dua

            Hello to dear Laxman once again!

            My original post relates to the requirement of getting rid of the Windows Defender in an altogether manner, & not merely disabling the same!

            Similar to how you guided us on how to >> “Remove” Cortana entirely from Win 10, can there be a dedicated article from ILFS – on how to completely REMOVE Windows defender from Win 10?

            Please?

          • Laxman Singh

            I will try to find if there is any method to completely remove Windows Defender Antivirus :)

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