Windows 10 Tutorials 52 – Create a Password Reset USB Drive

Welcome to our series of tutorials on the upcoming Microsoft Windows 10.

In this tutorial you will learn how to setup your USB drive to work as an emergency password reset disk in Windows 10.

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If you are one of those who cannot remember password, Windows 10 has a solution for you.

You can setup a USB drive to work as an emergency password reset drive which will help you to reset the password of your local Windows account. You can use this drive to reset the password as many times as you like. This will not work for your Microsoft account.

The password reset drive has to be setup while you have the access to the account. If you have forgotten the password, you will not have option to create the password reset drive.

Follow these steps to setup a password recovery drive:

  1. Sign in to the local account for which the drive has to be prepared.
  2. Open Control Panel (Small icons mode) and click User Accounts.
  3. Now connect a USB drive you want to use as your password reset drive.
  4. From option on left hand side, click on Create a password reset disk.
  5. Click Next in the Forgotten Password Wizard.
  6. Select the drive from the list of drives and click Next.
  7. Type in your current local account password and click Next to proceed.
  8. If the USB drive already has userkey.psw file in it’s root directory, click Yes when asked to overwrite it.


Note: To setup another drive, you can simply move the userkey.psw file to its root directory.

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