How To Create a Windows 7 Password Reset Disk

A screenshot of creating a Windows 7 Password Reset Disk
Windows 7 Password Reset Disk.

A Windows 7 password reset disk could really come in handy if you ever forget your account password. With it, you can easily reset your Windows 7 password and get right into your PC--forgetting your password is no longer a crisis.

Note: If you've already forgotten your Windows 7 password but do not have a password reset disk, see Tip #4 at the bottom of the page for help.

Follow the easy steps below to create a password reset disk for your Windows 7 account.

It's an easy process that takes less than five minutes.

Creating a Windows 7 Password Reset Disk

  1. Click on Start and then Control Panel in Windows 7.

  2. Click on the User Accounts and Family Safety link.

    Note: If you're viewing the Large icons or Small icons view of Control Panel, you won't see this link. Simply double-click on the User Accounts icon and proceed to Step 4.

  3. Click on the User Accounts link.

    Important: Before you proceed, make sure have some kind of portable media to create a password reset disk on. This means that you will need a flash drive or a floppy disk drive and blank floppy disk.

    You will not be able to create a Windows 7 password reset disk on a CD, DVD, or external hard drive.

  4. In the task pane on the left, click the Create a password reset disk link.

    Note: Did you get a "No Drive" warning message? If so, you do not have a floppy disk or USB flash drive connected. You'll need to do this before continuing.

  1. When the Forgotten Password Wizard window appears, click Next.

  2. In the I want to create a password key disk in the following drive: drop down box, choose the portable media drive to create a Windows 7 password reset disk on.

    Click Next to continue.

  3. With the disk or other media still in the drive, enter your current account password in the text box and click Next.

  1. Windows 7 will now create the password reset disk on your chosen media.

    When the progress indicator shows 100% complete, click Next and then click Finish in the next window.

  2. You can now remove the flash drive or floppy disk from your computer.

    Label the disk or flash drive "Windows 7 Password Reset" and store it in a safe place.

Tips for Creating a Windows 7 Password Reset Disk​

  1. Not a Windows 7 user? See How Do I Create a Windows Password Reset Disk? for specific instructions for your version of Windows.

  2. You only need to create a password reset disk for your Windows 7 login password once. No matter how many times you change your password, this disk will always allow you to create a new one.

  3. While a password reset disk will certainly come in handy if you ever forget your password, keep in mind that anyone who possesses this disk will be able to access your Windows 7 account at any time, even if you change your password.

  4. Unfortunately, if you've forgotten your Windows 7 password and can't get into Windows, you won't be able to create a password reset disk.

    There are, however, several things you can do to try to get in. Windows password recovery programs are very popular solutions to this problem but you should also see Help! I Forgot My Windows 7 Password! for a full list of your options.

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