I have a password that I want to use, but Windows 10 says that I can't because I used it before the reinstall. I want to get around this Windows 10 Home security effort. This is my pc. I bought it. I want to use what I want to use. If someone steals my data that is my business. How do I get around this? Would a complete reformat do it?

  • Once you disconnect your profile from your Microsoft Account you can use any password you want. Its possible a local group policy setting was changed, so check that also, doing so is still possible on Windows 10 Home despite what is reported. – Ramhound May 11 '16 at 21:22

This depends on how you are logging on to Windows 10.

Windows 10 presses you hard to log in using a Microsoft Account. On first startup after 10 is installed, it will ask you to add a Microsoft Account and makes it seem like you MUST create one if you do not have one. You can get around this by just refusing and choosing to setup your user-profile without a connected Microsoft Account. If you do this then you should be able to set your password to anything you like.

If, however, you setup your user profile using a Microsoft Account email address then you are bound to the user agreement which requires certain security behaviours of you, such as not reusing an old password. As such, there is no way to change your password back to an older one.

Try creating a new LOCAL administrator account using your preferred password and refuse to link to a Microsoft Account. You can then transfer your user files and delete your old account if you want.

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  • Although you are correct with the setup part, it is not going to help for the question. Converting the microsoft account back to a local account should work, and additionally changing the password using Computer Management from Administrative tools, rather than the Manage Users from Control Panel should not have this password restriction, but it only works with local accounts, not microsoft accounts. – LPChip May 11 '16 at 21:46
  • @LPChip - I did not realise you could convert the account back to Local if you had already added a MS account. I will have to try this. Do you want to edit the answer to include this? If not then I will do it later. – Matthew May 12 '16 at 10:06

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