Chapter 18: Managing User Accounts and Parental Controls
Storing Your Password for Recovery
You can store your password in a secure, encrypted file on a floppy disk or USB flash
key, and then use this file to recover your password if you forget it.
To store your password for recovery, complete these steps:
1. Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete and then click the Change a Password option.
2. Click “Create a password reset disk” to start the Forgotten Password Wizard.
3. In the Forgotten Password Wizard, read the introductory message and then click
4. You can use a floppy disk or a USB flash key as your password key disk. To use a
floppy disk, insert a blank, formatted disk into the A: drive and then select
Floppy Disk Drive (A:) in the drive list. To use a USB flash key, select the device
you want to use on the drive list. Click Next.
If you insert a USB flash device, it won’t be displayed on the list auto-
matically. Click Back and then click Next to update the list to include
the device you just inserted.
5. Type your current password in the text box provided and then click Next.
6. After the wizard creates the password reset key, click Next and then click Finish.
7. Remove the disk or USB flash key and store it in a safe location. Anyone who has
this disk or key can use it to access your account.
Recovering Your Password
Windows Vista provides two ways for recovering passwords: password hints and
password reset disks. You can access your password hint or recover your password
by completing the following steps:
1. On the logon screen, click your username to display the Password prompt.
2. Click the button to the right of the password text box without entering a password.
3. When you click OK, the password hint for your account is displayed on the
4. Type your password and click the logon button. If you log on successfully, skip
the remaining steps. Otherwise, click OK and continue with password recovery.
5. On the logon screen, click Reset Password.
6. When the Reset Password Wizard starts, click Next.
7. Insert the disk into the A: drive or the USB flash key containing your password
recovery file, and then click Next.
8. Type a new password in the first text box.
9. Confirm your new password by retyping it in the second text box.