This tutorial covers how to reset a forgotten Windows 8 or WIndows 8.1 password without using a third party password reset utility. For this tutorial you do need to have the copy of Windows 8 on the DVD or the USB Flash drive that came with your computer, or that your purchased to upgrade to WIndows 8. This will only work on local computer accounts. If you are using a Microsoft Account, this will not work, and you will need to reset it online. A Microsoft Account is linked to an email address such as Outlook.com .