Create a Password Reset Disk using Flash drive on Windows 7 | 8

Passwords are one thing we forget a lot the reason is because we tend to create complex and secure passwords which is hard to remember. In this article I’ll tell you how to create a Password Reset Disk on USB Flash drive which makes things easier and help you to recover from a lost password, in the event that you forget your Windows computer password.

Step 1:

Insert your Flash drive into the Computer. Then right click on the Flash drive and click on format.

Step 2:

Click on Start and Click on Control Panel. Under Control Panel click on Users Accounts and Family Safety. Then click on User accounts.

Step 3:

From the right side panel click on “Create a password reset disk”

Step 4:

Follow the Forgotten Password Wizard.

Step 5:

Click next and select the Flash drive from the drop down menu

Step 6:

Click Next to Start the process and click next Finish to complete.

Now we have the password reset disk ready. Now let’s see how to use it.

Step 1:

Once you type the incorrect password from the logon screen you’ll get reset password option as shown in the figure below

Step 2:

Click on Reset Password option

Step 3:

Make sure you have inserted your Password Reset USB drive and select it from the drop down menu.

Step 4:

Now click next and it will ask you to type in the new password and conform it.

Step 5:

Once you conform the password the click next and finish

Once you click finish type your new password in and login.

The same procedure applies to Windows 8 too.

Note: This will not work if your Computer is connected to a domain; if it’s a domain PC, I would recommend contacting your Network administrator.

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Shyam aka “Captain Jack” is a Microsoft MVP alumnus and a Windows Enthusiast with an interest in Advanced Windows troubleshooting. Suggestions made and opinions expressed by him here are his personal one's and not of his current employers. He blogs at captaindbg.com.
  • r0lZ

    Is it possible to reset the password of ANY account using that method, or only the password of the user that has created the disk? In other words, is it possible to recover the Administrator password by creating a reset disk as another user?

    Also, is it possible to use the disc on another computer?

    I can’t believe it’s possible, as otherwise anyone could reset any password if they can use the computer for some time! But in the other hand, if it’s not possible, then the method is pretty useless, as I suppose that most users create the disk only when they need them. Too late if they cannot log in any more!

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