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Creating a Password Reset Disk

Posted By On February 15, 2008 @ 3:04 PM In System Tune-Up Help,Uncategorized | No Comments

Today we will be creating a password reset disk you can use whenever you forget your password. All you have to do is put the disk into your computer and when you see the Welcome screen, simply choose your new password. Sounds pretty helpful and timesaving, don’t you think? Then let’s get to it!

Note: This will only work if you have a floppy drive or a USB flash drive.

1.) First, I’ll show you how to create a password disk for Windows XP.

2.) Click on your Start button and select the Control Panel.



3.) Next, select User Accounts.



4.) Click on your account.



In the window that appears, look to the left sidebar.

5.) Click the “Prevent a forgotten password” option.



6.) Now, the Forgotten Password Wizard will open. Insert your floppy disk or flash drive and click Next.



7.) Next, type in your current Windows XP user account password and select Next.



8.) Your disk will then be created within seconds!



9.) Now, just finish up the wizard and voila! You now have a new password reset disk.



10.) Be sure to label it Password Reset and keep it in a safe place.

Now, in case you ever do forget your password, all you need to do is this:

1.) On the Welcome screen, click on your username and then hit Enter.

2.) A message will then appear, asking you to put in your password reset disk or flash drive.

3.) Next, click the link that says “Use your password reset disk.”

4.) The Password Reset Wizard will then open up again. Just follow the instructions for creating a new password.

5.) And you know what the best part is? You don’t even have to create another password reset disk. The same one will work the next time you forget your password (if there ever is a next time!)


The steps are extremely similar for Windows Vista. Here they are:

1.) To access the Forget Password Wizard, go to Start, Control Panel.

2.) Click on User Accounts and then select your account.



3.) On the left pane, choose “Create a password reset disk.” Everything else is the same!

This one’s a definite must have for all computer users. Enjoy!

~ Neil Patel


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