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HOW TO: Create a Windows 8 Password Reset Disk

Description: This article will show how to create a password reset disk using a USB stick for Windows 8. This procedure can help you if you find yourself locked out of your own PC, however it must be done proactively meaning you must do it ahead of time for use when you are locked out.

You may have noticed at the Windows login screen there is a button entitled Reset Password as shown below.

Windows 8 Login Screen

You cannot, however, just click on this button and reset your password. You have to have a few things in place ahead of time. We will go through those steps in this article.

  1. From the Windows 8 Desktop move the cursor directly to the lower left hand corner of the screen. You will see a miniature version of your user interface. Right-click to access the technical start menu as shown below. Click on Control Panel.
    Windows 8 Desktop, Quick Access Menu, Control Panel
  2. From Control panel click on User Accounts.
    Control Panel, User Accounts
  3. From the User Accounts window click on Create a Password Reset Disc.
    User Accounts, Create PAssword Reset Disc
  4. At the Forgotten Password Wizard screen click on Next.
    Forgotten Password Wizard
  5. On the next screen, select what device to install the reset password on. In this case we are choosing a USB drive. Whatever you choose, you would want to keep this device in a secure location so you can locate it in an emergency.
    Forgotten Password Wizard, Setup
  6. The wizard will next ask you to type out the current account password.
    Forgotten Password Wizard, Setup
  7. Click on Next when the process reaches completion at 100%.
    Forgotten Password Wizard, Setup
  8. Click Finish to close the program.
    Forgotten Password Wizard, Setup
  9. The next time you find yourself locked out of your own PC, you now have a solution. Click on Reset Password and insert your USB stick and follow the prompts.