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How to create and use a password reset disk in Windows 10

Password reset disk is very useful in case you forget your Windows 10 PC account. It is one of the most frustrating things to deal with. If you have saved the password then it may not be a problem but if you have not then it can be a big problem. You can avoid all this hassle if you have created a password reset disk.

Password reset disk will help you to recover the password of your local computer. You won’t be able to recover the password for your Microsoft account. To reset a Microsoft account you have to perform different steps.

Once you create a password reset disk you will be able to recover the Windows 10 password easily. 

Below you will find the steps to create and use a password reset disk in Window 10.

Also Visit: unlock computer without password windows 10

What is a password reset disk?

Password reset disk is external storage that will help you to recover Windows password if necessary. When you create a reset password file on the USB drive or an SD card that can be plugged in in case you forget the password. You can use this password to reset the disk on the password on the lock screen. 

You can use the password reset disk multiple times once you have created it. 

Now let’s look at the steps below to create a password reset disk in Windows 10.

Creating a password reset disk is an easy task:

  1. Just plug in your USB drive or SD card on your computer.
  2. Now open up the search bar to do so click on Windows key + S key on your keyboard to bring up the search bar.
  3. Now type User accounts and then press enter.
  4. To create a password reset disk click on Create a password reset disk.
  1. Now click on Next
  2. Now you will see the dropdown menu you have to click on it.
  1. Now select the device on which you want to create a password reset disk.
  2. Now enter your local account password. This is the password you enter to login to your computer.
  1. Now you have to click on Next.
  2. Once the process is completed click on Next and then click on Finish.

Note: Make sure that you do not lose this device as it may get into the wrong hands and any one who has it can unlock your computer.

Now once you have created a Password reset disk, let’s look at the steps below to use password reset disk.

How to reset windows 10 forgotten password using password reset disk in Windows 10?

If you have created Password reset disk and if you have forgotten your password then you can use the password reset disk to reset the password to log in again on your computer.

  1. First click on the Reset password button from the log in screen in Windows 10.
  2. Now click on the Next button.
  3. Now from the drop down menu and then click on the device on which you have created password reset disk.
  4. Now click on the Next button.
  5. Now you have to enter a new password.
  6. Again, type the same password to confirm.
  7. Now type the password hint.
  8. Now click on the Finish button.

That’s it the password has been reset.  You can now login to your account without any problem using a new password.

In case you have not created a password reset disk then you can use USB installation disk to reset the passworn in Window 10.

How to reset windows 10 password if forgotten using Windows 10 USB installation in Windows 10?

If you have a Window 10 USB installation with you then you can also use this disk to login into your Window 10. While using this approach you won’t get any user interface and this method will use command line interface. You have to enter different codes in the command prompt.

  • Attach the Windows 10 USB installation drive on your computer and then start the computer.
  • Now once the computer starts you will see the setup page of windows.
  • Now on this screen do not click on the installation button. On this screen you have to press Shift + F10 button and this will open command prompt windows.
  • Now enter the command mentioned below and press Enter. Make sure to press enter after each command.

move c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe c:\

copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe

  • Once done, disconnect the USB drive and then restart the computer normally.
  • Now you have to click on Ease of Access located on the screen and you will see login screen visualising now instead of Ease of Access screen opening you will command prompt opening as we have changed it previously.
  • Now for resetting the command you have to enter the command mentioned below.

net user <username> <password>

Note: In this command “username” is the original user’s name that you choose and “password” is the one you use to log in to Windows.

  • Now close the Command Prompt and then log in to the Window 10 using the new password you have created.
  • Once you have changed the password then you have to make sure that you reset the changes you have made before.

    To do so follow the steps below:
  • Attach the Windows 10 USB installation drive on your computer and then start the computer.
  • Now once the computer starts you will see the setup page of windows.
  • Now on this screen do not click on the installation button. On this screen you have to press the Shift + F10 button and this will open the command prompt.
  • Now enter the command in the command prompt and then press enter.

“copy d:\utilman.exe d:\windows\system32\utilman.exe”

Now type Yes to reinstall Utility Manager 

  • This will bring all the things back to normal.

Verdict:

If you are locked out from your Window 10 then you can use the steps mentioned in this article to get back into the account. If you forgot the Windows 10 password then it can really be a tricky task to recover the password. You have to perform certain steps in order to reset the password.

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