Create An Administrator’s Password Reset Disk

A problem we see a lot is forgotten Administrator’s passwords–Especially in Windows Vista where it urges you to run as a limited user. If you created a password for your Windows Administrator’s account and run as a different user, it might be only a matter of time before you forget what that password is, and while cracking it is possible, it is a process that makes users feel like their doing something wrong. There is also the possibility that using hacker tools will damage your system unless you know what you’re doing. To avoid this potential problem, simply create an Administrator’s Password Rest disk.

Create the Password Reset Disk

You will need a blank, formatted disk. Next, go to the Control Panel and look for the User Accounts icon. Highlight the user account you want to create a reset disk for and select Related Tasks, then “Prevent a forgotten password.” This will start a wizard that helps you create the disk. You will be asked to type in the password for that account. It will write that information to the disk you have inserted and then the wizard will conclude.

Label that disk and keep it in a safe place. If you change the Administrator’s password, you will need to re-create the password reset disk. If you have never created the disk, there are tools online that allow you to reset them. But again, it’s best to create this disk in advance rather than having to do something that can potentially damage your system. 

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  1. mason January 1, 2010
  2. Eryn April 19, 2011