How To Reset Your Password In Windows With The Help Of A CD/DVD Or USB Flash Drive

Posted on Dec 4 2009 - 7:20am by Gadget King

Reset Your Windows Password

Forgot your password?  Lost your Windows password?  In such a situation, either we have to install windows again or find a solution to reset the password so that we can log into Windows easily. In this post, I will show you how you can reset your password on Windows easily with the help of your Flash Drive without reformatting or reinstalling your system. In this post I will use a Flash Drive of 2GB. Below are the steps to reset Windows password using bootable USB Flash Drive.

Step1. Download a free demo version of Windows Password Key 8.0 here.  Or you can download the full version of 7.0 here.

Step2. Run the downloaded file to install Windows Password Key 8.0. You can install Windows Password Key 8.0 on any PC you have access to.

Step3. Windows Start menu – From your Microsoft Windows Start Programs menu, select Windows Password Key | Windows Password Key 8.0.exe.  Windows Password Key 8.0 will be launched automatically.

Step4. Create a bootable USB Flash Drive

4.1 You can click “Browse” to browse Windows Password Key 8.0 image file. The file is usually located as the default.

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4.2 Select “USB Flash Drive” and insert your USB into a USB port on the computer, specify the USB Flash Drive from the pull-down list.

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4.3 Click “burn” button.

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4.4 Windows Password Key extracts the ISO image and copies the necessary files on a USB Flash Drive

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4.5: Time to find your Windows password:

1. Insert newly created USB Flash Drive and reboot your computer.

2. It’s necessary to change your computer’s setup to make it boot from the USB Flash Drive.

a. pres ‘F2‘ or ‘Delete‘ or “F10” to enter your BIOS setup. (need help with this?  Get a nerdy friend to help, not too tough)

b. Look for a tab or menu relating to booting in the BIOS setup software’s opening screen. In this example, it’s simply called “BOOT,” and can be accessed by using the tab and/or arrow keys to highlight the word “BOOT” on the menu bar. Once there, hit enter, and you’ll see a submenu that’s specific to how the PC boots.

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c. Using the tab and/or arrow keys,select “Hard Disk Drives“, and hit “Enter”.

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d. Select the “1st Drive“, hit “Enter”.

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e. Select the “USB: your USB brand”, in the example it is “USB: Kingston DTG(2G)”, and hit “Enter” to Set the USB Flash drive as the first bootable option.



f. When you’re done with the BIOS setup program, using the tab and/or arrow keys to navigate to the EXIT menu, select the option for saving the changes you just made, and then reboot. (In many BIOSes, a special key–often the F10 key–will save, exit, and reboot in one step.) . When your computer restarts, it will boot from the USB flash drive.


3. When the USB Flash Drive boots, you’ll see Windows Password Key 8.0 initializing (see screen shot below). If so, you can continue to the next step.


4. Choose the Windows installation to be processed:


5. Choose the user whose password you want to reset by typing it’s number and pressing ‘ENTER’.


6. Type ‘y’ followed by ‘ENTER’ to reset the password.


7. After you confirm the resetting of the password. Windows Password Key 8.0 asks: ‘Reset password for another account? (y/n)’. Type ‘y’ to reset password for another account, or ‘n’ if you are finished and want to exit. Remove the Windows Password Key 8.0 bootable CD/DVD and restart your PC. Now you are able to log into your computer without a password!


For more information about using a Windows Password Key 8.0 bootable USB Flash Drive

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2 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Dave Ricci January 3, 2010 at 5:47 pm -

    Thanks for the password reset info… needed it

  2. lito igala March 18, 2010 at 8:54 pm -

    the windows password key 8.0 is useless

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