What Is A Password Reset Disk & How To Use It

After reading this passage, you can know what a password reset disk is and how to create Windows password reset disk to reset or remove Windows passwords.


By Irene / Updated on May 12, 2023

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What is a Password Reset Disk?

A password reset disk is a file of userkey.psw, which is saved in the root of a flash drive, so it can not only simply refer to a disk but can be another removable storage device as well, like a USB drive. The advent of password reset disk allows users to access their account on a local computer via resetting the password if they forget their passwords.

After a brief understanding of what is password reset disk, we are going to learn more about password reset disk and how to use it to achieve resetting forgotten or lost passwords.

How to create Password Reset Disk?

Before we create a password reset disk, there are some limitations that cannot be ignored. Or the disk may not work normally.

• The password reset disk can only be created before you forget or lose the password because it requires the password in creation.

• If you have more than one user account on the same computer, you should create a password reset disk for each of them.

• The password reset disk can only be used on the same computer that you created before.

OK, it is time to create a Windows password reset disk!

Step 1. Insert the password reset disk or the USB into your PC and ensure it is detected.

Step 2. Input “create password reset disk” in the “Start” search bar, and hit “Enter” key.

Step 3. Wait for the “Forgot Password wizard” appears and select “Next”.

forgotten password wizard 1

Step 4. Choose the disk or USB in the window and click “Next”.

forgotten password wizard 2

Step 5. Type the current password and hit the “Next” button to continue.

forgotten password wizard 3

Step 6. Wait patiently for creating the password reset disk or the reset USB. Select “Next” to finish the process.

forgotten password wizard 4

How to use Windows password reset disk?

We have successfully created a Windows password reset disk! Now, reset your forgotten or lost password with the created disk or USB.

Step 1. Insert the disk or USB into your PC and click “Reset password” below the blank.

click password reset

Step 2. Click “Next” button in the pop-up window and choose the target password reset disk. Click “Next”.

password reset wizard 2

Step 3. Input the new password and the hint and click “Next” button.

password reset wizard 3

Step 4. Click “Finish” to complete all the processes. Now, you can try to log in with the new password.

password reset wizard 4

Further reading: How to remove/reset Windows passwords without a password reset disk

However, with the technology developing, the shortcomings of using password reset disks to address related problems are becoming pronounced. If it were the case that you forgot the password, the limitations could restrain you from resetting it. Therefore, more advanced and effective methods are gradually replacing the password reset disk in public.

One of the common solutions for Windows password trouble can be easy-to-use software. Gained wide popularity, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is the initial consideration when many computer users want to reset or remove their computer passwords, especially when they do not prepare any password reset disk or reset USB beforehand.

Moreover, it allows users to create a reset disk or USB on any Windows computer but can be used among different PC. That means you can create one in Windows 7 and use it for a Windows 10 computer.

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Note: This software supports Windows 11/10/8/8.1/7/XP/Vista. For Windows Server users, kindly please choose the Server Edition to manage your device.

Step 1. Install and launch the AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Click “Tools” at the top toolbar and select the “Reset Windows Password” option.

reset password

Step 2. A notice will appear to guide you to create a WinPE bootable media. choose “Next” after reading.

create password reset disk

Step 3. Three ways can be used to create bootable media based on Windows PE. Choose one of them according to your demands and click “Proceed”.

• USB Boot Device: To create bootable USB Device.

• Burn to CD/DVD: To create bootable CD/DVD.

• Export ISO File: Use this method to make a bootable ISO file.

select usb device

Step 4. The USB flash drive requires to be formatted in this step, and all the data will be erased. Please make a backup on all your important files.


Step 5. Wait for the process of creating WinPE bootable USB drive.


Step 6. Boot the computer which you want to reset the password when the bootable USB is created. And then, select the system and click "Next".

select windows system

Notice: You need to enter BIOS and change boot order under the menu, and then you can boot from the Windows PE USB flash drive, CD or DVD

Step 7. Select the target account and the feature. And then click “Next”.

select account

Notice: You can choose Remove Account Password or Reset Account Password from the two options under the window.

Step 8. Input the new password in the window and click “Yes” after confirmation.

set new password

Step 9. Click “Reboot Computer” to restart your PC after the operations.


What is a password reset disk? Have you got that after reading this guidance? If you are planning to reset or remove the password by a disk, please be careful about those limitations we have mentioned.

But nowadays, many users hope to quickly and effectively fix that issue. Using AOMEI Partition Assistant can avoid limits and help users to solve password problems instantly. What’s more, its other advanced features also provide powerful assistance in daily PC use, like recovering lost files and missing partitions or converting a disk to MBR/GPT without data loss. Also, the PC storage space shortage can be solved with the function of moving installed apps to release storage space. All of these will bring excellent experience in computer management.

Irene · Staff Editor
Irene is an Editor of AOMEI Technology. She devotes herself in giving insightful thoughts on common computer problems with simple and clear guidance. Irene loves to help people solve problems and explore more solutions on relevant issues. She loves reading, singing and travelling.