How many times have you forgoten your windows password to get into your pc? Well I had a call from a customer who had done just that. After making sure that he actually owned the PC ! I was able to reset the windows password using a Linux CD. However there is an easier way which just involves you making your own windows password reset usb key when you first set up windows.
Here are the steps involved in creating a reset disk from within the Windows 7 environment. The instructions for Windows Vista are similar.
- Grab a, preferably empty, USB key and physically label it (with a piece of tape) Password Reset Disk so that you can easily retrieve it.
- Place the USB key into your computer.
- Access Windows User Accounts area. In order to do this, enter the Control Panel, click on User Accounts and Family Safety, then click on User Accounts.
- On the left side of the Window you should see Create a password reset disk. Click it.
- Follow the instructions given to you by the Forgotten Password Wizard. During the process, you will need to select the USB key where you want to store the password reset information, as well as enter the password of the account you are currently logged into.
- Once you have completed the procedure, verify that the password reset disk has been created. Go to your USB key and look for a file named userkey.psw. If it is there then you have completed everything appropriately. If not, restart the procedure and try again.
Here are the steps involved in using a reset disk to reset your password within Windows 7, should you ever forget it.
- Assuming you have tried to enter your user account, but entered an incorrect password, you should see the words Reset password …
- Place your password reset disk into your computer.
- Click on Reset password…
- Click Next then proceed to select your password reset disk USB key.
- Enter your new password and then proceed to the end of the wizard.
- You can now login with your new password.
You only need to create a Windows password reset disk once (assuming you don’t create any new user accounts). Therefore, it is wise to create one right away and store the USB key in an easy to find location. Like we said, this is an extremely easy way to deal with password problems; however, it must be used preemptively.
If you have not made a key, and you can prove you are the legal owner of the PC then we can help with windows password reset.