Windows 10 Quick Tips – How To Get MS Recovery Code


We normally think of recovery as something that happens after an injury or setback. In the case of a Microsoft account, however, it becomes a preventative measure. You need to get the “medicine” before your account becomes inaccessible, or “ill” if we want to stick with the analogy.

A Recovery Code is an alphanumeric string of characters that looks very much like the Product Keys we had to use in the pre-Windows 10 era. Remember? XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

Armed with a Recovery Code, should the unhappy event of not being able to access your MS account occur, you will have a method of regaining control.

Acquiring a Recovery Code from Microsoft is pretty straight-forward and I’m here to show you how…

Getting Your Recovery Code

First, you’ll have to go to Microsoft and sign in to your account. Once you’ve done that, you can access your account information by clicking on your avatar and choosing View Account:


Depending on the size of your screen, you may see an Account Security link/button, or you might have to click on a little Drop-Down arrow next to Accounts. What you are ultimately searching for is a More security settings link to click on:


At this point, you may have to sign in again. To further prove that you are who you say you are, Microsoft may eMail you a verification code. Enter this code and proceed to the next step.

In the new window, drill down to an entry labeled Recovery Code:


If you have previously set up a Recovery Code, you will be able to replace it here, or choose Get Recovery Code if you have not. In either case, you will be presented with a new window containing your Recovery Code.

Save Your Recovery Code

The Recovery Code allows you access to your Microsoft account. It will also allow anyone who has it that same admittance. You really want to safeguard this information.

  • You can print it and store it somewhere
  • You can save it in an encrypted folder
  • You can simply save it on an external storage device as a text file.

Just keep it somewhere that only you knows about.

If Microsoft should ever ask for a Recovery Code, you now have one, and your life will be much simpler if you have trouble accessing your account in the future.


About the Author

Richard Pedersen

Richard received his first computer, a C-64, in 1982 as a gift and began dabbling in BASIC. He was hooked! His love for computing has led him from the old “XT” boxes to the more modern fare and from clunky 10MB hard drives to smooth and fast modern day SSD drives. He has run BBS services, Fido mail, and even operated his own computer repair business.


    • Hi bromberg,

      Great question!

      It will makes things a lot easier if you ever have to speak to an MS Tech if you lose access to your account. Just tell him/her the Recovery Code; it’s like a free pass. That’s why it’s so important to protect it.

      Your MS account might break in which case you wouldn’t be able to access anything that requires a connection to it. That might include numerous devices, eMail and even your Windows 10 computer.