Password reset disk is created for a local user. That means you can only create a password reset disk for the user in that particular computer. If your computer is connected to a domain network then you can’t create a password disk to reset the forgotten password. In that case only the administrator of the domain network can reset the password.

Following things should be remembered when creating a password reset disk:

  • It is only for the local users.
  • You need to log into the user to create a password reset disk.
  • You can use the reset disk only in the same computer where you created it.
  • You need to use a Flash drive for creating a password reset disk. Remember to take care of the password reset disk otherwise whoever finds it will be able to use it and reset your user password.
  • Whenever we create a password reset disk then a file is created in the usb named “userkey.psw “. So, one usb drive can have only one “userkey.psw“.

What is difference between resetting and changing password ?

Resetting is creating a new password when you forget it where as changing a password is replacing an existing one with a new one.

Now windows have a built in administrator account with which you can reset other user account. If you use a password reset disk then there is no risk but suppose if you are an administrator and you are resetting password for other users in your computer then all the encrypted mails, encrypted files, stored passwords for websites will be removed.

How create a password reset disk for a local user in Windows

  • Plugin a USB in your computer.
  • Go to “Control panel” and then on “User Accounts

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  • In the figure above I am going to create a password reset disk for user “Kundan“.
  • Click on “Create a password reset disk” link on the left.

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  • A password reset disk dialog box opens up. Click on “Next” button.

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  • Select the USB flash drive which you want as a reset disk and then click on “Next“.

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  • Enter the current password for the user and click on “Next” button.

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  • The password reset disk creation will be finished. Click on “Next” button.

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  • Click on “Finish” button to complete the process.

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  • You can see “userkey.psw” created in the usb drive. You can move the “userkey.psw” file from one flash drive to another. But remember one flash drive can have only one file.

How to use the password reset disk to change the forgotten password

  • Run the computer and when you are in the logon type any password and press enter.
  • Now you will get “Reset Password” link option. Click on it.

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  • Click on “Next” button to start the password reset password.

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  • Select the password disk and click on “Next” button.

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  • Type a new password for the user account and retype the password to confirm it. Type a new password hint in case you want to reset with it.
  • Click on “Next” button.

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  • Click on “Finish” button to complete the process.

How to change password for guest user accounts if you are an administrator

Now if you are an administrator of the computer, you have the authority to change the password for other users in your computer.

  • Go to control panel and then open “user Accounts“.

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  • Click on “Manage other account“.

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  • Select the user account for which you want to change the password.

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  • Click on “change password“.

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  • Enter the new password, confirm it and then enter the new password hint.
  • Click on “Change Password” button.
  • Now you as an administrator has successfully changed password for another user.

Things to remember while creating a password

  • You need to change password at regular intervals, may be once in every 3 months.
  • It should have a minimum of 8 alphanumeric and special characters.
  • It should have uppercase, lower case, symbols etc to make it more secure.
  • It should not include your username, first or last name or your spouse’s name. Also, do not use dictionary terms, computer names, house addresses, phone numbers or all numbers.