We noted many users reported that they failed to create Windows 10 Password reset disks. EaseUS Software explored this error and found two possible situations. We'll provide a full explanation for the two situations and a quick fix for this error. First, let's see a real user case:
When I swipe the right side of my screen, select search, type in Password reset disk, select Settings, and click on "Create A Password Reset Disk," nothing happens. No wizard. No response at all. Doesn't matter if I have a USB drive plugged in or not. - From Microsoft
To quickly remove this error, we need to find the causes and possible reasons behind this error. Read on to learn more.
Normally, creating a password reset disk in Windows 10 is easy for everyone through the Windows built-in feature "Create Password Reset Disk" and detailed guidance. However, if you encounter the following situations, it is likely that you will not be able to create a Windows 10 password reset disk. Don't forget to share the two possible situations to help more users.
Scenario 1: No option to create a password reset disk
Windows 10 password reset disk only works with local user accounts. You can create a password reset disk only for local accounts that you use to access Windows 10.
So, when you don't find the option to create a password reset disk, check if you are logged into Windows 10 using a Microsoft local account.
Scenario 2: Create password reset disk link not working
When you find and click on the "Create Password Reset Disk" option, nothing appears. There is no guide. No window appears. You can try closing the "Forgot Password Wizard" task in the task window and clicking the "Create Password Reset Disk" link again. Most people take this approach, and it works.
Step 1: Open the task switcher window and find the Forgot Password Wizard task. Hold down the Alt + Tab and release the keys when you see the Forgot Password Wizard displayed in the Task Switcher window.
Step 2: Close the Forgot Password Wizard task. Move the cursor to the upper right corner of the Forgot Password Wizard in the Task Switcher window and click the X to close the process.
🔎Notice: If you cannot see the Forgot Password Wizard window, press the key combination Ctrl + Shift + ESC to directly open the Task Manager. Locate the process called Forgot Password Wizard. Select it and click End Task.
Step 3: Then, click the "Create a password reset disk" link in the control panel again.
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If you still cannot fix the error that causes password reset disk creation failure in Windows 10, or you don't want to waste too much time trying these solutions. It is recommended that you directly use EaseUS Partition Master to create a password reset tool on another computer or the current computer. This way is simpler and more suitable for beginners.
EaseUS Partition Master Professional is a trustworthy Windows 10 password reset disk creation tool. It allows you to create a bootable disk for other computers on the current computer, but the tool that comes with Windows 10 is not supported. So, when your computer does not allow you to create a bootable password reset disk due to various reasons such as administrator privileges, disk format, and other errors, download this tool to help.
Step 1. Insert the target USB disk into the computer, download and run EaseUS Partition Master, and click "Toolkit" > "Password Reset."
Step 2. A small window will pop up. After reading it carefully, 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."
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."
Step 6. When you receive this prompt, click "Confirm" to continue. Your password will be erased.
To make creating a Windows 10 password boot disk more convenient and avoid the "unable to create a password reset disk" error, install EaseUS Partition Master now.
This tool can also help solve the following errors, such as:
- Reset Windows 10 password with USB
- Reset Windows 7 password with USB
- Remove/bypass Windows 10 password
- Factory Windows 11/10/8/7 without passwords
- Create Windows 10/11 password reset USB disk
To fix the issue that you can't create a password reset disk, you can also follow the guide in this video to reset your Windows passwords.
Creating a Windows 10 password reset disk is an effective way to ensure you can regain access to your target account if you forget your password. However, several factors may prevent you from creating a password reset disk. Ensure that you follow the troubleshooting steps outlined in this article to resolve any issues you may encounter.
This is only useful if you created a password boot disk before you forgot your computer password. If you lose the disk or don't get a chance to create it before the computer is locked, all of this effort will be in vain. To avoid this terrible situation, turn to EaseUS Partition Master.
Can't Create Windows 10 Password Reset Disk FAQs
When you cannot create password reset disks on Windows 10/11, you can choose third-party tools. Currently, these password reset disk creation tools can not only create bootable password reset disks for the current computer but also bootable disks for other computers. Click the following questions and answers to learn more:
1. Why can't I create a Windows 10 password reset disk?
The following factors may prevent you from creating a Windows 10 password reset disk on your Windows PC.
- Administrator rights: Creating a password reset disk usually requires administrative rights.
- Unsupported operating systems: Some older/proprietary operating systems may not provide the option to create a password reset disk.
- The disk is not formatted correctly: If the USB drive or disk you are using is not properly formatted, it may not be recognized as a valid password reset disk.
2. How do I create a password reset disk in Windows 10?
To make/create a Windows 10 password reset disk on a Windows 10 PC or laptop, follow these steps:
Step 1. Connect a qualified USB to your PC and open the Control Panel.
Step 2. Search the Control Panel to create a password reset disk. Click and choose Create a password reset disk from the results.
Step3. Click "Next" in the "Forgot Password wizard" window.
Step 4. Choose t the USB, click "Next," type the current password, and click "Next."
Step 5. Wait for the process to complete. Once the password reset USB is created, click "Next" and then "Finish."
3. What to do when creating a password reset disk link is not working?
When the "Create a password reset disk link is not working, you can try closing the "Forgot Password Wizard" task in the task window and clicking the "Create a password reset disk" link again.
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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.
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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