How to Fix 'This is Not A Password Reset Disk' Error

“I created a Password Reset Disk on a local account to reset a password of an admin account whose password I forgot. However, when the wizard opens up, and I try to reset the password, it says that an error has occurred, this is not a password reset disk. What should I do? I would appreciate it if I got an answer soon, as that admin password is very important to me.”
this disk is not a password reset disk

With the help of a password reset disk, you can change the Windows password that you have forgotten or lost. It is always recommended that you create a password reset disk as soon as you set up a new account. This protects you from a scenario wherein you may forget the set login password. This article will focus on the most frequently asked questions with regards to the error of this disk is not a password reset disk.

Question 1. Why can’t I create a password reset disk?

Answer 1: You may find yourself asking this question when you cannot see the option of “create a password reset disk” on your Windows computer or when you see the error of this disk is not a password reset disk windows 10.

The password reset disk is created only for the local user accounts. If you do not find the option to create a password reset disk on your computer or get the error of this disk is not a password reset disk error, check whether you have logged into your system with the Microsoft account that you have. If you have, then log out from this Microsoft account and then sign in with a local user account for which you want to create a password reset disk. This should resolve the problem of this disc is not a password reset disc message appearing on your screen.

Question 2. How do I get a password reset disk?

Answer 2: Password reset disk is basically a USB drive in which your Windows system password is stored in an encrypted format. With the help of this disk, you can reset the password on your Windows system in cases wherein you may have forgotten your Windows password. You need to create a password reset disk only once for your system, and once that is done, you can use it forever to unlock your locked Windows system.

Question 3. How do I create a password reset disk for Windows 10 or Windows 7?

Answer 3: If you want to create a password reset disk for Windows 10 or 7, you can follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Take the USB drive and plug it into your Windows system.

Step 2: In the search bar, key in “User Accounts” and click on it to launch it.

user accounts

Step 3: From the displayed options, click on “Create password reset disk” and then click on “Next”.

create password reset disk

Step 4: From the dropdown menu, select the device where you wish to store the password reset.

choose device

Step 5: Key in your local account password and click on “Next”.

enter login details

The password reset disk would be successfully created.

Question 4. How do I reset my Windows password with disk?

Answer 4: If you have forgotten your Windows system password, you can reset it with the help of previously created password reset disk in the following way.

Step 1: From the login page of your computer, click on “Reset Password” to start the Password Reset Wizard.

password reset wizard

Step 2: Insert the password reset disk and then click on “Next”.

Step 3: From the dropdown menu, click on the password reset disk, which has the userkey.psw file and then click on “Next”.

Step 4: Key in a new password and a hint and then click on“Next”.

new password complete wizard

You would have successfully reset your Windows password this way.

Question 5. How do I reset my Windows password without a disk?

Answer 5: If you do not have a password reset disk, you can still reset your Windows password with the help of PassFab 4WinKey. This is an excellent tool that helps you in resetting the password of your Windows system in a simple way. In order to use this software to reset the Windows system password, follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Download and launch this software on your PC/Mac, select CD/DVD and click on “Burn” option.

install software

Step 2: Once the burn is successful, click on “OK”.

burn usb

Step 3: Insert this burned USB or CD into the locked Windows system, restart the system, and enter the Boot Menu Interface by clicking F12 or ESC.

Step 4: Use the arrow keys on the keyboard to select the inserted disk and hit Enter.

boot menu interface

Step 5: From the main interface of the software, click on “Reset your Password” and then on “Next”.

reset password

Step 6: Select the user account for which you need the password, you can even change it if you want.

login details

Step 7: Click on “Reboot” to restart and unlock your Windows system.

reboot system

This is how simple it is to reset your Windows password without a password reset disk.

Conclusion

It is always important to create a password reset disk for your Windows system because, as humans, we do tend to forget the password for many of our user accounts. This way, you can unlock your Windows system whenever you forget the system’s login password. In case you have not created password reset disk windows 10 for another computer, you can still reset the password with the help of PassFab 4WinKey, which is a highly recommended software for this purpose.

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

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