How to Set Up a Password Reset Disk in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

In Windows 10, a Password Reset Disk serves as a key, letting you back into your computer in the event you’ve forgotten the password to your Local account. (You can’t create a Password Reset Disk for a Microsoft account.) To create a Password Reset Disk, follow these simple steps:

  1. Click in the Search box by the Start button, type Password Reset Disk, and press Enter.

  2. Click the Create a Password Reset Disk option that appears below the Search box.

The Forgotten Password Wizard appears and walks you through the process of creating a Password Reset Disk from a memory card or a USB flash drive.

When you forget your password, you can insert your Password Reset Disk as a key. Windows lets you in to choose a new password, and all will be joyous. Hide your Password Reset Disk in a safe place because it lets anybody into your account.

No matter how many times you change your password, your original Password Reset Disk still works, always providing a backup key to get into your account.