For Windows users, their password is one of the most important things to remember. If you forget it, there are third-party software tools to help you change your password.

Another way to connect to Windows 10 is to use a password reset disk. You must configure this recovery tool in advance if you lose or fail to remember your password. Calling Microsoft for support is not helpful because they can’t help you sign in again, so it’s best to take precautions.

Creating a password reset disk with a USB memory stick

To get started, insert a USB drive and use the search bar to find the “password reset disk” on the control panel. It must be clearly visible.

If you can’t find it on the search button, go to the Control Panel and click on your primary user account. Go to “Make changes to your user account” and you should be given the option to create a password reset disk.

Password recovery disc from user accounts

For some users, if the link does not open, you will need to go to Task Manager and close the Windows host process called “Rundll32”. This is a Windows command-line program that can interfere with password recovery, so disable it.

Close Rundll32

In the next step, you may see a Forgot Password Wizard screen to guide you through creating a disc. However, it warns you that anyone with access to the password reset disk can access your account. Always store the USB recovery drive in a safe place.

Password Wizard Display

In the next step, the wizard saves the Windows account information to the disk you just inserted.

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Create a USB drive for the password reset disk

You will be prompted to enter the password for your current user account before resetting the drive.

The current password for the user account

Click next and wait until the status bar reaches 100%. The password reset disk is now ready for future use.

Creating a password reset disk

Use a password reset disk to access your computer

If you find that you cannot access your system, you will need to click “Reset Password”.

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Reset password

Unfortunately, without a password reset disk, you will no longer be able to log in to your system. You can either reboot in safe mode or delete a saved USB drive.

Removable media reset password

You will see a new password change function. This suggests that you should have created a password recovery disc in advance.

Login Password Reset the disc's home screen

Now you need to select the USB drive that was used to configure the password reset.

Add a password reset disk login screen

The next screen will ask you to enter a new password. Confirm it twice and enter a new password hint that you should type elsewhere.

Reset the new password

After completing the password reset wizard, you can now easily use the new password to connect to the system.

Complete the password reset wizard

An easier way to reset your Windows password

If you do not want to follow all the instructions above to create a password reset disk, there is an easier solution. Save your Windows password using Password Manager, or save it somewhere wherever you can use it. You will need to update your latest Windows password frequently here.

Have you ever been stuck on your own computer? How did you get your account back? Let us know in the comments below.

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