How to Create a Password Reset Disk in Windows 10 Using a USB Drive

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For Windows users, its login password is one of the most important things to remember. In case you forget it, there are third-party software tools that will help you reset your password.

Another way to log back into your Windows 10 system is to use a password reset disk. You should set up this recovery tool in advance just in case you lose your password or can’t remember it. Calling Microsoft for support won’t be of use since they can’t help you log back in, so it is best for you to take precaution.

Creating a Password Reset Disk Using USB Drive

To begin, insert any USB drive and use the search bar to locate the “password reset disk” in the Control Panel. It should be very visible.

Password Reset Disk Search Bar

In case you could not locate it from the search button, go to the Control Panel and click your main user account. Go to “Make changes to your user account,” and you should have the option to create a password reset disk.

Password Reset Disk From User Accounts

For some users, in case the link does not open, you should go to the Task Manager and close a Windows host process called “Rundll32.” This is a Windows command line utility program that can interfere with password recovery, so disable it.

Close Rundll32

At the next step you can see a “Forgotten Password Wizard” screen which guides you to the disk creation. It does warn you, though, that anyone who has access to your password recovery disk will be able to access your account. Always store your USB recovery disk somewhere safe.

Forgotten Password Wizard Screen

In the next step the wizard will save information about the Windows account in the disk you just inserted.

Create Password Reset Disk Usb Drive

You will be prompted to enter your current user account password before you reset the disk.

Current User Account Password

Click next and wait until the status bar reaches 100%. Your password recovery disk is now ready for future use.

Creating Password Reset Disk

Accessing Your PC Using Password Reset Disk

In case you notice that you’re unable to access your system, you will have to click “Reset Password.”

Reset Password

Unfortunately, without your password recovery disk, you can no longer log in to your system. Your choices are to either restart using safe mode or bring out your stored USB drive.

Removable Media Reset Password

You will see a new screen of the password reset wizard. It suggests that you should already have created a password reset disk in advance.

Password Reset Disk Welcome Screen Login

You must now select the USB disk that was used to set up password recovery.

Insert Password Reset Disk Login Screen

In the next screen, you will be asked to type a new password. Confirm it twice, and type a new password hint which you should jot down somewhere else.

Reset New Password

After completing the password reset wizard, you can now easily use the new password to log in to your system once again.

Completing Password Reset Wizard

An Easier Method to Recall Windows Password

In case you don’t want to go through all the above steps to create a password recovery disk, there is an easier way out. Use a password manager to save your Windows password, or save it somewhere only you can access it. You must frequently update your latest Windows password there.

Have you ever been locked out of your own computer? How did you recover your account? Please let us know in the comments below.

Sayak Boral
Sayak Boral

Sayak Boral is a technology writer with over eleven years of experience working in different industries including semiconductors, IoT, enterprise IT, telecommunications OSS/BSS, and network security. He has been writing for MakeTechEasier on a wide range of technical topics including Windows, Android, Internet, Hardware Guides, Browsers, Software Tools, and Product Reviews.

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