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How to Lock and Locate a Lost Windows Laptop

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Last Updated on March 28, 2021 by Muhammad Junaid Khalid


Windows 10 comes with the device lock and locate feature which comes in handy in a situation if you lost your laptop. So in this tutorial, we will show how you can lock and locate your lost laptop using this amazing feature.

There are some steps that you should take before using this feature. Without taking these steps. You will be unable to lock and locate your laptop.

  • First, your device should have the Find My Device feature enabled. To do this, go to Start, type Find My Device, and select it from the list.

Find my device


  • This will open the Settings window. Click on Change and enable the Find My Device feature as shown in the picture.

Enable find my device settings

  • You also need to sign up for Windows 10 using your Microsoft Account. Without using these two features, you cannot take advantage of the Windows lock and locate features.

Bonus Tip: You have noticed that your laptop name is like DESKTOP-Q12HJ367 or a similar name like this by default which is difficult to remember. You should change your laptop name so that you can recognize it easily.

To change the PC name, go to Start, type “View Your PC Name” and select it from the list. A new Settings window will open. Scroll down and you will find the “Rename this PC” option. Click on Rename this PC and select a name that you can remember easily. You must restart your PC after changing the PC name.

Related: How to Enable the Secret Ultimate Performance Mode in Windows 10

Ok. Let’s get started.

How to Lock and Locate a Lost Windows Laptop

  • To lock and locate your lost laptop, sign in to account.microsoft.com from another device and select Devices.


find my device option

  • On that screen, click on Find My Device and select your device from the list. Here you can see the location of your lost laptop on Google maps.

FInd lost laptop-- Google map

  • When you select your device, it will give you the option to lock it. Select Lock to secure your device. A pop-up window will appear. Add a message with your contact info (Mobile number and email) and select Lock.

lock your laptop

  • After that, it will give you the option to reset your password. Select Reset Password and follow the steps to set a new password.

reset password for the pc

Related: How to Use Automatic Shutdown Feature in Windows10

Now rest easy! You have locked and reset your laptop’s password. You also have the live location info of the lost device through which you can find your device. Using this procedure, you can lock and locate any Windows device like a laptop or Windows smartphone.

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