How Do I Create a Windows Password Reset Disk?

Create a Password Reset Disk in Windows 7, Vista, & XP

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A Windows password reset disk is a specially created floppy disk or USB flash drive that can be used to gain access to Windows if you've forgotten your password.

If you've ever forgotten your Windows password before, you can imagine how valuable a password reset disk is.

Be proactive and create a password reset disk right now. It's completely free, aside from needing a floppy disk or USB drive, and it's very easy to do.

"How Do I Create a Windows Password Reset Disk?"

You can create a password reset disk using the Forgotten Password Wizard in Windows.

The specific steps necessary to create a password reset disk depends on which Windows operating system you're using:

See What Version of Windows Do I Have? if you're not sure which of those several versions of Windows is installed on your computer.

Important: You can only create a Windows password reset disk from your computer and before you forget your password. If you've already forgotten your password and you have not yet created a password reset disk, you'll need to find another way to get back into Windows.

Most people use a Windows password recovery program to crack or reset the password but you should also see Ways To Find Lost Windows Passwords for a complete list of your options.