How To Create a Windows XP Password Reset Disk

Screenshot of creating a Windows XP password reset disk
Windows XP Password Reset Disk.

Creating a Windows XP password reset disk is a great way to protect yourself from the possibility of forgetting your account password. With it, you can easily reset your password and get right in to Windows XP.

Be proactive by creating a password reset disk right now. With a password reset disk, you don't ever have to worry about forgetting your password again.

Note: If you've already forgotten your Windows XP password but do not have a password reset disk, see Tip #4 at the bottom of the page for help.

Follow these easy steps to create a password reset disk for your Windows XP account:

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Creating a password reset disk for your Windows XP logon usually takes less than five minutes

Here's How:

  1. Click on Start and then Control Panel.

  2. Click on the User Accounts link.

    Note: If you're viewing the Classic View of Control Panel, double-click on the User Accounts icon.

  3. In the pick an account to change area of the User Accounts window, click on your Windows XP user name.

  4. In the Related Tasks area on the left, click the Prevent a forgotten password link.

  5. When the Forgotten Password Wizard window appears, click Next

    Note: You will need a floppy disk drive and a blank floppy disk.

  6. On the next screen, verify that a blank floppy disk is inserted in your floppy disk drive.

    Click Next to continue.

  7. With the disk still in the drive, enter your current account password in the text box and click Next.

  1. Windows XP will now create the password reset disk.

    When the progress indicator shows 100% complete, click Next and then click Finish in the next window.

  2. You can now remove the floppy disk from your computer.

    Label the disk "Windows XP Password Reset" and store it in a safe place.


  1. Not a Windows XP user? See How Do I Create a Windows Password Reset Disk? for specific instructions for your version of Windows.

  1. You only need to create a password reset disk for your Windows XP logon password once. No matter how many times you change your password, this disk will always allow you to create a new one.

  2. While a password reset disk will certainly come in handy if you ever forget your password, keep in mind that anyone who possesses this disk will be able to access your account at any time, even if you change your password.

  3. Unfortunately, if you've forgotten your Windows XP password and can no longer acceses Windows, you won't be able to create a password reset disk.

    Luckily there are several things you can do to try to get in. Windows password recovery programs are popular ways of getting your password back but you should also see Help! I Forgot My Windows XP Password! for a complete list of your options.