Create a Password Reset Disk

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

Microsoft has enhanced security features in XP including the the ability to create a floppy diskette to recover your password incase it is forgotten.

  • Click Start
  • Click Control Panel
  • Click User Accounts
  • Click on the account which you want to create a password disk
  • Click Prevent a forgotten password which starts the Forgotten Password Wizard . This is found under Related Tasks
  • Insert a blank, formatted disk into drive A, and click Next
  • Enter the password in the Current user account password box

To use the recovery disk, at the Welcome screen

  • Click the user name whose password is on the recovery disk
  • Click the question mark button
    This causes the Did you forget your password message to appear.
  • Click use your password reset disk
    This will start the Password Reset Wizard.
From this point, just follow the wizard's instructions and you will be able to set a new password.

These instructions are for Windows XP workstation standalone in a workstation. The instructions are different if the workstation is a member of a domain.

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