Create a password reset disk

Published: September 7, 2006

If you're running Microsoft Windows XP Professional, you can create a password reset disk that—if you ever forget your password—you can use to log on to your computer. If you forget your password but don’t have a password reset disk, you'll have to reinstall Windows XP to use your computer.

To create a password reset disk


Log on to your computer as an administrator.


Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

Start menu with Control Panel selected


Under Pick a category, click User Accounts.

Control Panel window with User Accounts selected


In the User Accounts window, click the account name that you want to create a password reset disk for.

User Accounts window with account name selected


Under the Related Tasks section, click Prevent a forgotten password.

User Accounts window with Prevent a forgotten password selected in Related Tasks area


On the Welcome to the Forgotten Password Wizard page, click Next.

Welcome to the Forgotten Password Wizard page with Next selected


Insert a floppy disk into your disk drive. If necessary, select the disk drive you want to use, and then click Next.

Note: If your computer doesn’t have a floppy disk drive, you won’t be able to use this wizard. If you cannot install a floppy disk drive on your computer or laptop, you could consider using a USB-connected floppy disk drive.

Create a Password Reset Disk page with Next selected


Type your password, and then click Next.

Current User Account Password page with password entered and Next selected


After the Forgotten Password Wizard creates your password reset disk, click Next.

Creating Password Reset Disk page with Next selected


Click Finish.

Completing the Forgotten Password Wizard page with Finish selected

Remove your password reset disk and store it in a safe, secure place. Storing your disk in a secure place is very important because anyone who uses the disk can access your computer without knowing your password. If you ever forget your password, you can use this disk to reset and change your password.


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