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How to Use a Password Reset Disk in Windows 11

A password reset disk can be a lifesaver when you forgot your Windows 11 password. In this tutorial we'll walk you through the steps to reset forgotten Windows 11 password using a password reset disk you created earlier.

Note: A password reset disk works only for the particular local account that was created for. You have to create a password reset disk before you're locked out of your account.

How to Use a Windows 10 Password Reset Disk

Before getting started, make sure you plug your password reset disk into your locked computer.

  1. When you type in a wrong password, Windows login screen will display the error "The user name or password is incorrect". Click OK and the "Reset password" link will appear.

  2. After clicking on the "Reset password" link, you'll be taken to a screen where you can answer security questions. Just scroll down to the bottom and click on the "Use a password reset disk instead" link.

  3. Password Reset Wizard will pop up, click Next to begin.

  4. Select the USB flash drive which has password key file save on it.

  5. Enter a new password in both password boxes, and then click Next.

  6. Now you've successfully reset the password for this user account. Click Finish to exit the wizard.

    Note that the password reset disk is valid for one-time use and it will no longer work. As soon as you log back in to your account, you need to create a new password reset disk.

That's it. Forgot to create a password reset disk while you're locked out of Windows 11? You can still use the third-party software - PCUnlocker - to unlock your Windows 11 local/Microsoft account with ease.

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