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51. Reset User Account Password Using Windows Password Reset Disk

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Anyone can forget a password. Okay you may think it will never happen to you, but think again, because it may just happen. Forgetting your user account password is no big deal providing you have taken the necessary precautions to create a Password Reset Disk.

Sadly, if you haven't created a Password Reset Disk for your Windows operating system then gaining access to your PC will become a nightmare. I'm not saying that it is impossible, because it isn't. However, this tutorial refers to resetting your user account password with the aid of your Windows Password Reset Disk.

The first you will know about your password being wrong is when you type the password in at boot up and a message appears telling you that The User Name or Password is Incorrect. It is at this stage that you need your Password Reset Disk.

Once you have your Password Reset Disk (you should have created this either on a floppy disk or a USB flash drive. See: Password Reset Disk) you should insert the disk (or USB stick) into the relevant drive and then proceed as follows:

  1. After you have typed in the wrong password a message will appear informing you that the User name or Password is incorrect (See fig 1). At this point, Click the OK button to take you back to the log on screen
  2. Fig: 51-1 User Name Or Password is incorrect error screen

    Fig: 51-1 User Name Or Password is incorrect error screen

  3. After you have returned to the Windows Log On screen look just below the Password dialogue box and you will see a Reset Password option, Click on this to start the Reset process.
  4. Fig: 51-2 Windows Log On screen showing the Reset Password option

    Fig: 51-2 Windows Log On screen showing the Reset Password option

  5. After clicking on the Reset Password option the Password Reset Wizard will open
  6. Fig: 51-.3 Password Reset Wizard

    Fig: 51-3 Password Reset Wizard

  7. Click the Next button in the Password Reset Wizard screen
  8. The next screen (see fig 4) requires you to Insert the password reset disk
  9. If you haven't already done so, Insert the floppy disk or USB Thumb drive that holds the password reset file and then Select the drive from the password key disk is in the following drive dialogue box.
  10. Now press the Next button

    Fig: 50-4 Insert the Password Reset Disk and then choose the drive from the drop down list

    Fig: 50-4 Insert the Password Reset Disk and then choose the drive from the drop down list

  11. You are now presented with the Reset the User Account Password screen
  12. Fig: 50-5 The User Account Password Screen

    Fig: 50-5 The User Account Password Screen

  13. Type in the new password you wish to use and then type it in again to confirm your selection. Next type in a password hint and then click the Next button.
  14. The next screen to appear will be the Completing the password wizard screen. This should tell you that you have successfully reset your password.
  15. Fig: 50-6 You have successfully reset your password

    Fig: 50-6 You have successfully reset your password

  16. Finally click the Finish button.
  17. You should now be taken back to the Log on screen where you can type in your new password and gain access to your system.