How to Reset Windows 10/8/7 Password with Bootable USB Flash Drive

Windows password reset usb, which also named password reset disk can help you reset forgotten Windows password no matter you are using Windows 7 or Windows 10. In this post, we will show you how to create a password reset disk to reset Windows password quickly.

Part 1. How to Create a Windows Password Reset Disk in an Accessible Computer

You can create one in a few miuntes if you can access your computer. After that, you are allowed to reset Windows password.

Note: The below mentioned guide to create Windows password reset disk and reset the password of a locked computer is same for Windows 10/8/7 variants.

Step 1. Connect your USB drive to your Windows computer and right-click on its icon, then tap "Format".

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Step 2. Tap "Start" icon > search for "Reset" > Select the "Create Password Reset Disk" option from the left panel > Tap "Enter".

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Note: Alternatively, you can also click Windows icon + "R" > type "rundll32.exe keymgr.dll,PRShowSaveWizardExW" > hit the "Enter" button.

Step 3. Go along the "Forgotten Password Wizard" and then tap "Next". From the drop down menu, pick your flash drive name. It is recommended to get a new flash drive as the old data gets deleted in this process. Tap "Next" to initiate the process and again "Next" after the process gets over.

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Step 4. Now, the Windows Password reset USB drive is ready to use.

Step 5. Next, plug the Windows password reset USB into the locked computer. Now, when you enter a wrong password while logging in click the "Reset Password" option.

Step 6. Then, select your Windows password reset USB drive from the drop down menu and tap on the "Next" button.

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Step 7. Key in the new password when prompted and confirm it. Hit "Next" afterwards. Now, enter this password to login to your Windows system.

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Part 2. How to Create a Windows Password Reset Disk in a Locked Computer

Believing there are many users are locked out of their computers, how to create a password reset disk in this situation? No worries, PassFab 4WinKey can help you solve this problem. You are also allowed to create the disk on Mac with one click.

Step 1. Download and install this Windows password recovery tool on your computer and then install it. Launch the software and connect an empty USB flash drive to the computer for burning it.

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Step 2. After choosing the flash drive tap "Burn" and wait a bit before clicking the "OK" button. Once it's burned, eject it.

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Step 3. Now comes the resetting part. Reconnect the USB flash drive to your password protected/forgotten/locked password PC and reboot it. Click "F12" ("Boot Menu"), pick the USB disk from the list and then tap "Enter".

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Step 4. The Windows password reset USB will then boot up and you'll the following interface will come up on your screen. To initiate resetting the password, you first need to select the desired Windows version from which you wish to reset the password of a preferred user account. Then, ensure to select the"Reset your password" option from the lower mid section of the screen and hit on "Next" subsequently.

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Step 5. Now, from the list of available user accounts, you need to pick the desired one. The software will then automatically generate a random password and display it on the lower mid section of the software window along with the selected username of the account. You must note down the randomly generated password because it is what you are going to use to login to your PC from next time onwards. Or, if you wish to punch in your desired password simply key it into the field provided and then hit "Next".

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Step 6. In the end, hit on the "Reboot" button on the bottom right corner to restart your PC. Now, you can successfully login to your desired user account with the newly set password.

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From this article, we have observed that to reset forgotten Windows password through USB is better managed using PassFab 4WinKey. The process is pretty easy and simple for even novice users to try and log into their computers successfully, without much technical expertise. Though, the traditional way is capable of resetting the password too, it's lengthy and involves too many technicalities to deal with. The best part of PassFab 4WinKey is it is an all-in-one solution for resetting multiple account passwords (including reset administrator password), removing an admin account or creating a new account. It also helps you to manage your other accounts effortlessly and efficiently.

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

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