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Password Reset Disk Windows 7: How to Create and Use

How do you create a password reset disk for Windows 7? And how do you use it to reset the password for a Windows 7 PC? This article provides detailed guides on these issues. Dive into learning.

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Updated by Oliver on Nov 23, 2023
Written by Sherly

Forgetting Windows 7 passwords still happens all the time. So, create a Windows 7 password reset disk in advance to restore access to Windows 7 if you forget your password. You don't need technical experience; you just need a USB disk or an external hard drive to store the reset files. This article from EaseUS introduces two methods to help you create a password-bootable disk and tells you how you can use a password-reset USB or disk to reset your Windows 7 password.

Tools Difficulty Features
EaseUS Partition Master
  • Beginners-Friendly
  • Create a Windows 7 password reset disk for the current PC and other PCs
  • No time limit
Windows Password Reset Disk Feature
  • Medium, better for experienced users
  • Only works when you create it before the PC is locked.
  • Only works on the current PC

Make Windows 7 Password Reset USB - EaseUS Partition Master

EaseUS Partition Master Professional, a multi-functional tool, is specially designed to create a Windows password reset USB. It streamlines the entire process and ensures a user-friendly experience while protecting your data and operating system. This tool breaks the limitations of Windows and allows you to create/make a password reset disk for a locked computer on another computer. You can make a bootable password reset USB drive and remove passwords easily without complicated procedures or worries of data loss.

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Step 1. Insert the target USB disk into the computer, download and run EaseUS Partition Master, and click "Toolkit" > "Password Reset."

click password reset feature

Step 2. A small window will pop up. After reading it carefully, click "Create".

click create

Step 3. Select the correct USB flash drive or external mobile hard disk and click "Create" again. Wait patiently. After the password reset USB flash drive is created, click "Finish."

create bootable disk

Step 4. Remove the password reset USB, insert it into the locked PC, and restart. You will be asked to change the boot drive to boot the PC from USB. Once completed, the system will automatically boot from USB.

Step 5. After restarting, find EaseUS Partition Master again and go to "Password Reset." All accounts on the PC will be displayed in the interface; click on the target account and check "Reset & Unlock."

select the correct account

Step 6. When you receive this prompt, click "Confirm" to continue. Your password will be erased.

confirm the action

Using this tool, unlocking a locked Windows 7 computer is very easy. In addition to this, this tool can also help with the following tasks:

With its help, it's easy to bypass the Windows password and access your computer easily. Don't miss this tool if you are locked out of your PC now.

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Use Create a Password Reset Disk Feature on Windows 7

Windows comes with a feature that also allows you to create a Windows 7 password reset disk. However, this approach has two limitations that you need to understand before you create it:

1. You can only create a password reset disk for the current computer.
2. Create your password before you forget it. If you have forgotten your password and are locked out of your computer, you still need to choose EaseUS Partition Master.

Here are the steps on how to create it:

Step 1: Insert a certificated USB flash drive into your Windows 7 computer.

Step 2: Type "Password reset" in the search box and select Create password reset disk.

Step 3: When the Forgot Password Wizard window appears, click Next.

windows 7 password reset

Step 4: Choose the target USB flash drive and click Next.

Step 5: After the Forgot Password Wizard finishes creating the reset disk, click Next and then click Finish.

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After creation, save it properly. Don't forget where you put it. When you forget your Windows 7 password, you can take it out and reset your Windows 7 password using the following steps:

Reset Windows 7 Password Using a Password Reset Disk

  1. First, insert the USB flash drive storing the Windows 7 boot files. After you enter the wrong password, you will see a "Reset password" option — click it.
  2. The Password Reset Wizard window will appear. Click "Next."
  3. Go to the drop-down menu, choose the password reset USB, and click "Next."
  4. Type your new password and leave a hint. Click "Next," then "Finish."
  5. Then, log in with your new password.

In fact, many experienced people will also choose to use the Windows 7 installation USB to reset their Windows 7 password. If you are interested in this method, you can click on Method 3 in the link below for more details.

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How to Reset Windows 7 Password with USB Drive

Locked out of your Windows 7 PC? Learn how to reset your password with a USB drive through our comprehensive tutorial. Regain control of your computer with ease and without the hassle of calling for professional help.

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Besides the methods mentioned above, you can also check this video to learn how to reset your Windows password via CMD. It also has a more detailed guide on EaseUS Partition Master.


What is Windows 7 Password Reset USB? How do you create a Windows 7 password reset disk, and how do you use it to reset a forgotten password on a Windows 7 computer? This article gives three quick methods with detailed steps and pictures. You can choose one according to your situation. Of course, if you want to simplify the process of resetting your password or you have already been locked out of your Windows 7 computer, use EaseUS Partition Master. 

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Password Reset Disk Windows 7 FAQs

How can you create a Windows 7 password reset USB, and how can you use it to reset your Windows 7 lost password? Check the following topics to get more details.

1. How can I create a password reset disk on Windows 7?

To complete these steps, a removable media (like a USB flash drive) is required.

  1. Create a password for your current account.
  2. Click Control Panel > Choose User Accounts > Click Create a password reset disk.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Select your USB drive. Click Next.
  5. Input the current user account password. Then choose Next.
  6. Wait a few seconds until the creation progress is completed. Then click Next.
  7. When the creation is finished, a file named userkey.psw will appear on the USB drive.

2. How do I log into Windows 7 if I forgot my password?

You can easily access Windows 7 PC again if you create a Windows 7 password reset disk in advance. Here is how:

  • First, insert the USB flash drive with the reset disk. 
  • Type in the wrong password, and you will see a "Reset password" option — click it.
  • The Password Reset Wizard interface will appear after that. Click "Next."
  • Click the drop-down menu, select the password reset disk, and click "Next."
  • Enter your new password and a hint. Click "Next," then "Finish."
  • Finally, log in with the new password.

3. How do you reset a Windows 7 password without a USB?

If you forgot the Windows 7 password and don't have a USB flash drive nearby, follow these steps:

Step 1. Start your computer. When you see the startup window, press and hold the power button for at least 5 seconds to force the computer to shut down.

Step 2. Then, turn on your computer again, and it will ask you whether you want to initiate startup repair or start Windows normally. Select Start Startup Repair (recommended).

Step 3. Startup Repair will start. Click Cancel to refuse to restore your computer.

Step 3. Wait for the startup repair tool to diagnose your computer. When finished, click View issue details.

Step 4. At the end of the column, click the last link to read Microsoft's offline privacy statement.

Step 5. In the Notepad window, click the File menu and select Open.

Step 6. In the new dialog box, change the Files of type option to All Files. Browse C:\windows\system32\sethc.exe. and rename this file as a backup file like "sethc-copy."

Step 7. In the same folder, rename cmd.exe to sethc.exe.

Step 8. Then, close all dialog boxes and let the computer restart.

Step 9. When you see the Windows login screen again, press the Shift key five times to open the Command Prompt window.

Step 10. You can then type the following command to reset your forgotten Windows 7 password:

Net User Username new_password

Step 11. Finally, close the command prompt, and you can access Windows 7 using your new password.

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Updated by Oliver

Oliver is an EaseUS professional writer who dares explore new areas. With a passion for solving tech issues with straightforward guides for common users, Oliver keeps honing his writing craft by developing in-depth solutions for disk and partition management, computer boot-up issues, file transfer, etc.

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Written by Sherly

Sherly joined EaseUS in 2022 and she has always loved writing articles and enjoys the fun they bring. She receives professional training here, focusing on product performance and other relative knowledge. She has written over 200 articles to help people overcome computing issues.

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