How to Create Password Reset Disk for Windows 8/8.1

Compared with Windows 7, Windows 8 has a new account named Microsoft account. By setting Microsoft account as the login account, many users are facing one problem that is how to reset Windows 8 password if forgot the login password? No matter which account you used to login your computer, the best way for Windows 8 password reset is using password reset disk. In this post, we will tell you more details about it. Please keep reading to check it out.

Part 1. How to Create Password Reset Disk For Windows 8/8.1

Before start the process, you have to know you can only create password disk when you can access your computer and you can only reset local password. An external hard disk/USB flash drive or black CD/DVD are required for creating a password reset disk for Windows 8 or 8.1 computer.

Login to your Windows 8 computer that you want to reset password for and connect your USB flash drive and wait a while. The Windows 8 PC will install the flash drive within few minutes.

Launch "Search" by tapping "Windows" + "S" and then key in "Control Panel" to access it. It will open in a new window.

search control panel

Hit "View by" drop down from the top-right corner and assign to "Category" here. Tap on "User Accounts and Family Safety" link here.

user accounts family safety

Now, click the "User Accounts" link in green and then press the "Create a password reset disk" from the left link. You will land on "Forgotten Password Wizard" followed by "Next".

password reset disk

Select your flash drive in this section and tap "Next" and then key in the existing password. Enter "Next" again and let the wizard make a password reset disk.

forgot password wizard

Hit the "Finish" button and exit the "Forgotten Password Wizard" and you are done.

Part 2. How to Use Password Reset Disk to Reset Windows 8/8.1 Password

Once you have created the password reset disk in Windows 8/8.1, you can use it to reset your forgotten local password.

Here is the guide-

On your Windows 8/8.1 login screen type a wrong password and you can see "The password is incorrect. Try again". Tap the "OK" button and you can find the "Reset your password..." link right under the password field.

reset your password

Now, connect your USB flash drive containing the reset disk in the previous section to resetting your Windows password.

Follow in the onscreen instructions on the "Password Reset Wizard" and you will be done.

password reset wizard

Part 3. How to Create Windows 8/8.1 When You Can't Access the Computer

Ifn your computer has been locked you have to create a password reset disk on other computer by using Windows password recovery tools. There is a recommended product named PassFab 4WinKey, it allows you create a Windows 8/8.1 password reset disk on PC or Mac in one 2 steps. Then it wll help you reset all kinds of passwords, such as Administrator, Microsoft etc.

Here comes the step by step guide for creating a password reset disk in Windows 8-

First of all, download and install PassFab 4WinKey on your accessble PC or Mac. Then insert your CD/DVD/USB flash drive and select the corresponding option to burn your password reset disk. After that you camn reset your password.

select the boot media device

Take an empty flash drive to the Windows computer and click "Burn". Within few minutes, the burning process will be over and you need to press the "OK" button afterwards. It"s time to eject the flash drive now to proceed further.

burn password reset disk for windows 8

Get the flash drive connected to your locked or password forgotten Windows 8 PC and then reboot. Choose your USB drive right after hitting the "F12" ("Boot Menu") key. Press the "Enter" after that.

boot menu

Now, the PassFab 4WinKey- Windows Password Recovery wizard screen will boot up. From the interface, you need to select the "Windows" which has been locked out. And then, select the "Reset your Password" option from the below. Hit "Next" afterwards.

select the windows

Next, you need to select the user account to which you need to reset the password of. Once, you"ve selected that, put in the new password in the respective field mentioned below and then hit "Next" button.

enter new password

That's about it. The password reset disk for Windows 8 has been put into action and unlocked your PC. You now need to reboot your PC and eject the USB flash drive from the computer.

password reset successful


From this article, we observed that the traditional method of creating password reset disk in Windows 8, you are capable of resetting only the local account passwords. If you want to reset Windows 8 Administrator password or Microsoft , you need PassFab 4WinKey at hand. This tool is an amazing solution to not only reset or recover lost and deleted passwords, but also to create, change and remove passwords. Moreover, you can recover and restore data from your computer hard disk as well. even when your hard disk is unbootable, you can still recover the data, which other softwares fail to do at the first place.

Updated on / Posted by Shirley Howard to Windows 8 / Follow @Shirley Howard

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