Password protecting your PC is extremely
important, after all, you simply don't want any Tom,
Dick or Harry being able to access the data on your
PC. Unfortunately, while it is extremely easy to
actually password protect your system a large
proportion of PC users forget to actually make a
password reset disc.
Why make a password reset disk, you may ask. Well
the answer is simple. What are you going to do if
you boot up your PC one morning, type in your
password, and you get an error message stating
'Incorrect password' or, more importantly you simply
forget the password you have allocated?
One thing you will not be able to do is ask on
the Microsoft Newsgroup forums how to circumvent the
password - well you could try asking, of course, but
you would get the standard reply back "Microsoft
staff, engineers, or MVPs are not allowed to issue
instructions to enable you to circumvent a Windows
operating system password." So now you know why it
is important to actually create a Password Reset
To make a Password Reset Disk simply follow the
- Before you start you should be aware that
you cannot use a CD/DVD to create a Password
Reset Disk, you either have to use a floppy
disk, assuming your PC has a floppy drive or a
USB thumb drive. As most new PCs no longer are
shipped with floppy drives your best option is a
USB Thumb drive. Incidentally the Reset file is
only around 2KB (KiloBytes) in size.
Fig: 50-1 Control Panel
- To create a Password Reset Disk, Click the
Start button and then Click Control Panel.
Fig: 50-2 The User Accounts
Window with the Password Reset Disk option
highlighted on the left of the window
- In the Control Panel Window, Click the User
Accounts Icon The Welcome to the Forgotten
Password Wizard will now open.
Fig: 50-3 The Welcome to the
Forgotten Password Wizard window. Press Next to
- Make sure that your floppy disk or USB Thumb
drive is inserted before pressing the Next
button. In the I want to create a password key
disk in the following drive option, Select the
drive you wish to backup your password file to
and then Click the Next button.
Fig: 50-4 Select the drive
you want to backup your Password file to
- The Current User Account Password window
will open. Type in the current password for your
machine and then Click the Next button.
Fig: 50-5 Enter your current
password into the Account Password box
- A progress bar will now display. The
progress bar will complete pretty fast as the
initial password reset file is not that large.
Fig: 50-6 Password Reset Disk
- After the Password Reset Disk has been
created a screen will appear telling you that
You've successfully created a password reset
disk for this user account. To complete the task
you should now Click the Finish button.
Fig: 50-7 After the Password
Reset Disk has been created you will see the
- Your Password Reset Disk is now complete and
you should store it away in a safe place.