How to Create and Use Windows 10 Password Reset Disk

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If you have a local user account on Windows 10, it’s not a bad idea to have a password reset disk just in case you lose access to your account.

A password reset disk is a USB drive that contains your account information and password. You use the password reset disk to reset your Windows password when you forget it and can’t access your account.

Creating a password reset disk is a proactive step to take when you are able to log on to your user account. After creating the reset disk, keep it in a safe place to use if you forget your password.

Note: Password reset disks in Windows 10 can be created only for local accounts. To reset the password for your Microsoft account, you must go to the Forgot my password link available on the Microsoft’s site’s login page.

To create a password reset disk in Windows 10:

  1. Log on to the operating system with the local user account for which you want to create a password reset disk.
  2. Connect a blank USB drive to your computer.
  3. When on the desktop window, right-click the Start button.
  4. Click Control Panel from the context menu that appears.
  5. From the top-right corner of the Control Panel window, ensure that View by is set to Category.
  6. Click the User Accounts category.
  7. Click User Accounts from the right pane of the User Accounts window.
  8. From the left pane of the next window, click Create a password reset disk.
  9. On the Forgotten Password Wizard’s welcome page, click Next.
  10. On the next window, pick the connected USB drive from the I want to create a password key disk in the following drive drop-down list.
  11. Click Next to continue.
  12. Type the current password in the Current user account password field and click Next.
  13. On the next window, wait until the password reset disk is created, and click Next when done.
  14. Click Finish on the final window of the wizard.