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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.
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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
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - Managing Editor - 1355 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
Though a cell and molecular biologist by training, I have been drawn towards computers from a very young age ever since I got my first PC in 1998. My passion for technology grew quite exponentially with the times, and it has been an incredible experience from being a much solicited source for tech advice and troubleshooting among family and friends to joining Notebookcheck in 2017 as a professional tech journalist. Now, I am a Lead Editor at Notebookcheck covering news and reviews encompassing a wide gamut of the technology landscape for Indian and global audiences. When I am not hunting for the next big story or taking complex measurements for reviews, you can find me unwinding to a nice read, listening to some soulful music, or trying out a new game.
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-07-11 (Update: 2017-07-11)