How to Bypass Windows Password

By Steve Gregory

The Windows operating system has a password feature to prevent unauthorized access to the files on a computer. Unfortunately, if you lose or can't remember your password, you will not be able to log into your Windows computer. To bypass your Windows password, you need to create a Windows password reset disk. The option to create the password reset disk is in the User Accounts utility.

Things You'll Need

  • USB flash drive

Create a Reset Disk

Step 1

Insert a USB flash drive into an open USB port on the computer. If the Autoplay window opens, close it.

Step 2

Click "Start," then select "Control Panel."

Step 3

Click "User Accounts and Family Safety," then click "User Accounts."

Step 4

Click "Create a Password Reset Disk" on the left side of the window.

Step 5

Follow the instructions from the "Create a Password Reset Disk" wizard. For example, select the USB drive in the "I Want to Create a Password Key Disk in the Following Drive" drop-down box.

Step 6

Click "Finish" when the process completes and place the USB drive in a safe location.

Use a Reset Disk

Step 1

Start the computer and then attempt to log in to your Windows account. The "Reset Password" text link automatically appears underneath the Windows password box when you enter the wrong password. Insert the USB flash drive containing the password reset disk into an open USB port on the computer.

Step 2

Click the "Reset Password" text link. The Password Reset Wizard window opens.

Step 3

Click "Next," then select the USB flash drive from the drop-down box below "The Password Key Disk is in the Following Drive." Click the "Next" button.

Step 4

Enter a new password in the "Type a New Password" box, then retype the password in the "Type the Password Again to Confirm" box. Enter a word or phrase to help you remember the password in the "Type a New Password Hint" box.

Step 5

Click "Next," then click "Finish" on the "Completing the Password Reset Wizard" window to complete the process. The Windows desktop appears.