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You will soon be able to recover your Microsoft Account directly from the login screen

Windows 10 has you covered if you happen to forget your Microsoft Account login. (Source: MSPoweruser)
Windows 10 has you covered if you happen to forget your Microsoft Account login. (Source: MSPoweruser)
Microsoft is testing a new feature in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that enables users to directly recover their Microsoft Account from the login screen itself, thereby saving the hassle of hunting for another device for account recovery.

Microsoft seems to iterate each Insider Preview build of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (FCU) with lots of user friendly enhancements. The latest of them is the ability to recover Microsoft Accounts from the login screen itself. This alleviates the need for users to scout for other devices to recover their accounts if they happen to forget their login credentials.

In the latest Insider Preview build, those using passwords to sign in will see a "I forgot my password" option under the password field that takes the user to an Out Of the Box Experience (OOBE) screen, which can help reset the password with help of Cortana. Windows Hello authentication using biometrics or pin logins should also be helpful in resetting the password. The password reset process is pretty much similar to the conventional way of doing it — verification by phone, email or Microsoft Authenticator, followed by the password reset. 

The Fall Creators Update is shaping up to be a good one for users of Windows 10. Although the much touted Windows Timeline has been moved out of the way for now, the update still seems to contain enough enhancements and features incorporated by way of user feedback.

Password reset OOBE screen (Source: MSPoweruser)
Password reset OOBE screen (Source: MSPoweruser)
Password reset OOBE screen (Source: MSPoweruser)
Password reset OOBE screen (Source: MSPoweruser)
Password reset OOBE screen (Source: MSPoweruser)
Password reset OOBE screen (Source: MSPoweruser)
Password reset OOBE screen (Source: MSPoweruser)
Password reset OOBE screen (Source: MSPoweruser)

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-07-11 (Update: 2017-07-11)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.