How to Create Password Reset Disk for Windows 8/8.1

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When you realize that you need to create password reset disk for your Windows 8 computer, there are things that you need to take care of first. Make sure that you have all the serial keys with you and copied drivers, keep the original installations disks handy, backup email clients, save your downloads in progress, back up /power settings, save your documents, etc.

In this article, we are going introduce you to different ways of making Windows 8 reset disk.

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

An external hard disk/USB flash drive is required for creating a password reset disk for Windows 8 or 8.1 computer. This process doesn"t reset password for a domain computer (Active Directory) but only local user accounts for Windows 8/8.1 PCs.

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

Once you have created the password reset disk in Windows 8/8.1, you need to use it. It will help you reset disk for a local computer only.

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. Forgot Administrator/Microsoft Password on Windows 8

Windows 8.1 password reset disk for admin and Microsoft accounts can easily be created using PassFab 4WinKey software on your computer. You can create a Windows 8.1 password reset disk as well as other Windows computers. Apart from that, it enables you to create, change, remove and reset Windows 8/8.1/other Windows local PCs" and domain (Active Directory) passwords easily. It performs at the best with a high recovery rate.

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

First of all, go to the official website of PassFab 4WinKey software using your computer /powser and then download it. Install the software and run it on your Windows 8 computer, whose password you want to reset. Run the software and tap "/powse" followed by searching the 4WinKey image file using "USB Flash Drive" option.

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 password for Windows Active Directory accounts (domain) or computers in a network, 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.


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