Reset password with password reset disk on Windows 8/10

If you forget Windows password, you can use a password reset disk to clear existing password and create a new one. Password reset disk can only reset password for specific user account, you cannot use password reset disk created by one’s account to reset other user account’s password.
Note: A password reset disk can only be created for local user accounts. If your computer is on a domain, a system administrator can reset your domain password.
Note 2: If you use an administrator account to reset a password for another user, that user will lose access to their encrypted files, encrypted e‑mail messages, and stored passwords for websites or network resources.

In this article, I will show how to create password reset disk on an USB flash drive and then reset password with the password reset disk on Windows 10.

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Section

  1. Create a password reset disk and change user account properties
  2. Use password reset disk to reset password

Step-by-step

Create a password reset disk and change user account properties

  1. On Windows desktop, right-click Windows icon at bottom left and select Control Panel.
    Open Control Panel
  2. Click User accounts.
    Open User Accounts
  3. Click User accounts again.
    Open User Accounts
  4. Click Create a password reset disk on the left menu.
    Select Create a password reset disk
  5. On this window, click Next.
    Forgotten Password Wizard
  6. Select an USB flash drive and click Next.
    Create a password reset disk
  7. Enter current user account password and click Next.
    Enter user account password
  8. When it finishes copying file to the USB flash drive, click Next.
    Creating password reset disk
  9. Click Finish.
    Completing the Forgotten Password Wizard
  10. Now you can use the USB flash drive to reset your account password when you forgot it so you have to keep the disk in a secure location.
    userkey.psw
  11. Next, you should check if your user account is allowed to change password. On Windows desktop, right-click Windows icon at bottom left and select Computer Management.
    Open Computer Management
  12. On the left menu, expand Local users and groups and click Users. Then, right-click your user account and select Properties.
    Open User Account properties
  13. Uncheck User cannot change password option and click OK.
    Note: If you keep this option checked, you won’t be able to reset password with password reset disk.
    Uncheck 'User cannot change password' option

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Use password reset disk to reset password

If you forgot your account password, but you have a password reset disk for this user account, you can use it to reset the password.

  1. When you type incorrect password at sign-in, click OK.
    Enter incorrect user password
  2. Then, click Reset password.
    Reset Password
  3. Connect your password reset disk and click Next.
    Password Reset Wizard
  4. Select the USB flash drive and click Next.
    Insert the Password Reset Disk
  5. Type the new password and click Next.
    Reset the User Account Password
  6. Click Finish.
    Completing the Password Reset Wizard
  7. Now you can sign in with the new password.
    Note: You can use the password reset disk to reset your password for this user account as many times as you want so you have to keep this disk in a secure location.
    Sign in with the new password on Windows 10

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  1. metin May 4, 2016
  2. metin May 4, 2016

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