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    Password Reset Disk - Create on USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

    Password Reset Disk - Create on USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    How to Create a Password Reset Disk on a USB Flash Drive in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    03 Oct 2011
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    How to Create a Password Reset Disk on a USB Flash Drive in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    This will show you how to create a password reset disk on a USB flash drive that you could use to reset the password for your local user account with if forgotten in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

    This will only reset your normal password created during the installation of Windows 8, and will not reset your pin number or picture password.

    Note   Note
    This will only create a password reset disk for the local user account that is currently logged on when it is created. This does not apply to Microsoft accounts.

    When you create a password reset disk on a USB flash drive, it will create and add a userkey.psw file on the USB flash drive for the specific local user account. You can move the userkey.psw file to another USB flash drive if you like, but you can only have one userkey.psw file on a USB flash drive.

    The password reset disk can be used to reset your user account's password no matter how many times you reset it.



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    warning   Warning
    Anyone could use this USB flash drive to reset the password and have access to the local user account it was created for. Be sure to keep it where stored where only you will have access to it to prevent them from gaining access to your local user account with it.





    Here's How:

    1.
    Sign in to the local user account that you want to create a password reset disk for.


    2. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the User Accounts icon. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Connect a USB flash drive to your computer.
    NOTE: The USB flash drive will not be formatted during the creation of the password reset disk, so you can use one that already has data on it without worry.


    4. In the left pane, click/tap on the Create a password reset disk link. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    6. Select the USB flash drive from step 3, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Type in the password for the current user account, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    8. If the USB flash drive already has been used previously to create a password reset disk on, then you will need to click/tap on Yes or No to replace it with this one instead. (see screenshots below)
    NOTE: If you click/tap on Yes, then continue on to step 9. If you click on No, then you will need to use another USB flash drive instead.

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    9. When it's finished creating the password reset disk, click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

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    10. Click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

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    11. You will now be able to use this password reset disk (USB flash drive) to reset your local user account's password with on the sign in screen if you should forgot it in the future.




    That's it,
    Shawn




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    Brink,I connected a usb drive.But when I click create password reset disk nothing happens.what should I do?
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    Hello Bagavan,

    Are you having any other issues that may be related?

    Does the USB flash drive show up in your Computer window?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Bagavan,

    Did you have the USB flash drive connected before you started this, and where you able to select the USB flash drive at step 6?
    First I connected usb drive..
    Then from I clicked create a password reset disk..But nothing pops out. the screen where I will be given option to choose a usb does not open at all
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Bagavan,

    Are you having any other issues that may be related?

    Does the USB flash drive show up in your Computer window?
    Yes it is displayed..

    I performed a sfc scan an hour ago and it repaired some one file..I will restart and try again..what do you suggest??

    An update

    It worked and I created it successfully.
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    That's great news.
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    Thanks on my behalf too Brink. I hadn't actually forgotten my password, it just wouldn't accept it. I've made a password reset disk as you outlined for the future. I also read that you can try turning off the laptop by pressing the power key for 4 seconds & then trying again. robinpe.
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    You're welcome Robin. I'm glad to hear that you had created one to use if needed in the future.

    That would basically do a hard power off of the laptop. When you turn the laptop back on, you will just be taken to your usual sign in screen to enter the same password, It will not reset the password like the reset disk will.
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    Create password reset disk wizard never shows up


    Brand new Windows 8.1 Pro on Laptop and I want to create a password reset disk. I choose the Create Password Reset Disk and click on it but the wizard never shows up.

    Clicking on it takes me to the desktop, which is my boot default, but nothing shows up anywhere. The Task Manager shows a Windows Host item running but nothing happens.

    I have set up the items in User Account to not force me to use a password at login but it still required me to input the password twice for my account.

    Anybody got any ideas?
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    Hello 52Yankee,

    Did you already have the USB flash drive connected?


    You might see if the wizard has an icon on your taskbar, or if it may be hidden behind another opened window.

    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
    Last edited by Brink; 27 Oct 2013 at 01:54 PM.
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