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How To Use A Password Reset Disk To Retrieve Your Password

Your user account password is the password that you use to Log On to Windows Vista when your system fully boots or when your computer wakes up from various power saving states. If you have forgotten your password and have previously created a password reset disk, here is how to use it.

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To Use A Password Reset Disk To Retrieve Your Password

  1. If you receive a message that says your user name or password is incorrect, do the following:
  2. First click on OK to clear this Log On error message.
  3. Then insert the media, such as a flash drive, that you used to create a password reset disk.
  4. Now at the log on screen, click on Reset password.
  5. When the Forgotten Password Wizard window appears, click on Next.
  6. Then locate the drop down box stating: The password key disk is in the following drive:
  7. Now select your portable media drive letter next to it and click on Next to continue.
  8. Then type a new user password, and type it again in the confirmation field.
  9. You should also type a password hint that will remind you of the password if you forget it.
  10. Now click on Next and then click on Finish to close the forgotten password wizard.
  11. You can now Log on to Windows Vista with the new password that you just created.
  12. Remove the password recovery media from your computer and store it again in a safe place.

Note: You only need to create a password reset disk for your user account password once. Even if you change your password multiple times, this disk will always allow you to create a new password.

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