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Monday, 24 July 2017

HOW TO CREATE A RESET PASSWORD FLASH DRIVE

The USB Flash Disk

Before I show you how to create a Password Reset Disk, let's take a moment to talk about the USB Flash Drive. Now the reason that I'm spotlighting your old, small-capacity USB Flash Drive is that it is really too small to be of much use in today's world due to that fact that portable storage needs are now in the GB range. However, since the Password Reset file weighs in at only 2KB, it is the perfect use for an old USB Flash Drive.
To get started, insert your USB Flash Drive and wait for it to be initialized and assigned a drive letter. If there is any data on it, you may want to remove it. Now to make sure that the disk is in the best shape that it can be, you should format it. Right-click on the drive letter in Computer and select the Format command. When you see the Format dialog box, as shown in Figure 1, just click the Start button.

Figure 1

Creating a Password Reset Disk
Creating a Password Reset Disk is a pretty straightforward procedure. Once the drive is ready to use, click the Start button and type User Accounts in the Start Search box. Then, press [Enter] or click User Accounts in the results panel. Either way, you'll see the User Accounts window and will need to locate and click Create a Password Reset Disk in the Tasks panel, as shown in Figure 2

Figure 2
When the User Accounts window appears, click Create a Password Reset Disk in the Tasks panel.


When you see the Forgotten Password Wizard's Welcome screen, take a look at the information and click Next. When you see the next screen, you'll be prompted to choose your USB Flash Drive's drive letter, as shown in Figure 3. To continue, just click Next.
Figure 3


 Choose the drive letter assigned to your USB Flash Drive.
On the next screen, you'll be prompted to type your password, as shown in Figure 4. Then, click Next.
Figure 4

When prompted, you'll type in your password.

As soon as you do, you'll see a progress bar that will move rapidly along to 100 percent. You'll then click Next and will see the last screen in the Forgotten Password Wizard. To complete the operation, click Finish.
You should then click the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media icon, choose your USB Flash Drive's drive letter, and then, when prompted to do so, remove the drive. You should label the drive and put it away in a safe place.
Now, you may be tempted to label the drive "Password Reset." However, since anyone who happens upon this drive can use it to bypass your password and break in to your computer, I suggest a more subtle label — something that will help you recognize the drive but that isn't so obvious.


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