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What is a Windows 7 Password Reset Disk?

Windows 7 allows users to create a password reset disk with USB flash drive. Thus when you forget your password, it can help you reset the password instantly. This article introduces what is a Windows 7 password reset disk and how to create and use the disk.

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How does the Password Reset Disk Work?

Windows system will create a public/private key pair and a self-signed certificate when you create a reset disk. The public key will be stored in the registry, which will be used to encrypt the password of the user account, and the private key will be stored in the USB flash drive in the form of a userkey.psw file.

When you enter a wrong password on the login screen, the screen will display a message that the password is incorrect. Click OK to close the message. You'll return to the login screen and see a "Reset password" link under the password box. Click "Reset password", insert your reset disk, and then follow the Password Reset wizard to reset Windows 7 password.

Please remember to store your Windows 7 password reset disk in a safe place. If you forget your password again, you can use the same disk. You don't need to make a new one.

How to Create a Password Reset Disk?

Step 1. Insert your USB flash drive.

Step 2. Open User Accounts by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking User Accounts and Family Safety, and then clicking User Accounts.

Step 3. In the left pane, click Create a password reset disk, and then follow the instructions. Please make sure you store the disk in a safe place.

Forgot Windows 7 Password and No Reset Disk?

You can only create the reset disk when you know the password. Users are strongly recommended to create the disk when setting the password. Otherwise, you will have to find a reliable Windows password recovery tool to recover password if you forget it.

Windows Password Buster is safe and easy-to-use software which allows you to burn a bootable CD or USB flash drive to reset forgotten Windows password for Windows 7, Vista, XP, etc. To use this software to reset Windows password, you just need to burn a bootable CD or USB flash drive in any accessible computer, then insert the burned CD or USB flash drive in your locked computer and reset the forgotten password with the disk.

Step 1. Download and install Windows Password Buster on any computer.

Step 2. Insert your CD or USB flash drive and launch the software.

Step 3. Select the type of your removable media, click Next, and then follow the instructions.

Step 4. After the burning task completes, remove the CD or USB, and then insert it into the locked computer.

Step 5. Boot the locked computer from the CD or USB flash drive. Password reset program will start.

Step 6. When you reach the password reset screen, click Change password button to reset password.

Although you could reset Windows password with third party software like Windows Password Buster, We still recommend that you create a Windows 7 password reset disk when you create your password.

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