Most of us have a PC at home and one at work. We use our work PC most of the times and home PC comparatively less. Had it ever happen to you that you forgot your Windows password? Maybe you go for a month long vacations or business trip and when you are back, you may forget some of your passwords to the PC. We tend to have lots of passwords at work, online and at various computers. So to save yourself from a locked out situation, we recommend that you create a password reset disk. In this article, I will share with you a very simple method to create a Windows 7 password reset pen drive. So next time you are locked out of Windows 7 at the login screen, you can plug in this USB pen drive in your computer and reset Windows 7 password.
Windows 7 is the latest public release version of Microsoft Windows, a series of operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, and media center PCs. Windows 7 still using the same encrypt arithmetic as the previous versions of windows. That mean if you need to reset Windows password, you can just use the similar methods like on windows Vista or Windows XP. To create a Windows 7 password reset pen drive, I advice to have a small capacity pen drive which is cheap and you should keep it at a safe place, but not so safe that you forget where you kept it when you need it sometime in future.
Follow these simple steps:
Step 1. Insert a pen drive (backup any data if present on the pen drive and delete everything). Then go to Windows 7 Start Menu and type “create password reset disk” in the start menu search and launch the program “Create a password reset disk” which will be highlighted in the search results.
Step 2. Just follow the simple Password reset wizard as seen below, by selecting the pen drive from a list of drives it will show you. Note: If you have not inserted a pen drive before launching the utility, it will not work and will give an error. If the pen drive is in place, you will see the wizard . It will also ask for your current password to create a password reset pen drive.
Step 3. Now you simple need to keep this drive at a safe place. You can use this in case you forget your Windows 7 Password sometime in future, just click forgotten password on the login screen and choose the option to Reset password after inserting this pen drive into any of the working USB ports of your computer.
NOTE: Windows will honor only the most recent password reset disk that you have created, so in case you happen to create more than one disk, only the one which is latest will work, all other old password reset disk will not be able to reset the Windows password.
If you have not created a reset disk and have forgotten your password, you can still reset the password by using some utilities which is used for Windows 7 password recovery. But these processes maybe tedious, lengthy and may cost you money if you need to buy a software to do that. So to avoid any inconvenience later, we recommend that you create a password reset disk.