Create Password Reset Disk using USB Flash drive on Windows 7/8/10

Passwords are one thing we forget a lot, and the reason is because we tend to create complex and secure passwords which are 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 a lost password, if you forget your Windows 10/8/7 computer password.

Create Password Reset Disk

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. Make sure that you are using a new one, as it deletes all the data if you are using and existing one.

Create Password Reset Disk

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 login 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 confirm it.

Step 5: Once you confirm the password the click Next and Finish.

Once you click Finish type your new password and login.

The same procedure applies to Windows 10/8 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