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Windows 7 - How to Backup and Restore a Login Password

It's a good idea to back up your login password as soon as you create one, since you never know when you might need it. It's also important to consider this separately from regular backup routines, since Windows does not backup your password along with its other backup features. To back up your Windows login password, you'll need to create a password reset disk. This is much more secure than writing down your password on a piece of paper or in a text file. All you'll need is a dedicated USB flash drive or a floppy disk.

1 - Creating a Password Reset Disk
Open the Control Panel by clicking on the link to it in the right-hand side of the start menu. Click "User Accounts and Family Safety" and then click "User Accounts." Connect a USB flash disk or insert a memory card or floppy disk and click "Create a password reset disk" in the left-hand side of the control panel. The password reset disk wizard will appear. Select the disk that you want to use for the password reset disk once prompted. The disk will need to be formatted first. You can do this by right-clicking on the disk in Windows Explorer and clicking "Format."
Enter your user account password when prompted and click "Next" to continue. The password reset disk should be created in a few seconds. Once it's completed, click "Finish" and put the disk somewhere safely. Don't forget that anyone with this disk will be able to access your account, so ensure that you keep it away from prying eyes.

2 - Restoring a Login Password
If you need to restore your Windows logon password, start up your computer as normal and select your user name. Enter an incorrect password or simply press Enter and you'll receive a message stating that the password is incorrect. Click "OK" to bypass this and click "Reset Password" to continue. Insert your password reset disk and complete the password reset wizard. You'll need to select a new password and confirm it. Once you've done this, you'll be able to log back into the system. The password reset disk will automatically be updated with the new password, provided that it isn't write-protected.


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