Windows 10 password recovery USB

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  1. mrl
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Professional (x64) Version 1903 (build 18362.592)
       #1

    Windows 10 password recovery USB


    Hi
    I am new to this site, This is my first post. My apologies if this is posted in the wrong place.
    After the computer did the 1903 update for windows (actually I had no choice, I have updates set to auto) I started having trouble signing in.
    I want to make a password recovery USB
    I used Control Panel to bring up User Accounts
    I click on User Accounts and click on User Account again in the next screen
    I thought there was supposed to be a heading on the left side of the new screen that says " Make a password recovery disk"
    It's not there.
    Where else should I look?

    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit 1903 version OS build 18362.592
    Just in case it makes a difference Microsoft Office 365
    mike
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  2. Berton's Avatar
    Posts : 10,502
    Win10 Pro Versions 2004 and 2009/20H2, Win10 Pro IP_Dev, Win10 Home 1909
       #2

    Try Sign-in Options, Security Key.
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  3. mrl
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Professional (x64) Version 1903 (build 18362.592)
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Hi Berton
    I went to Sign-in Options, Security Key.
    A box came up wanting be to plug in my USB with a security Key
    BUT That's what I'm trying to make
    I was able to make one before the 1903 update, but can't find it (Don't every get old, the memory is the second thing to go. I don't remember what the first thing is)


    mike
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  4. oscer1's Avatar
    Posts : 526
    win 10
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    mrl said:
    Hi
    I am new to this site, This is my first post. My apologies if this is posted in the wrong place.
    After the computer did the 1903 update for windows (actually I had no choice, I have updates set to auto) I started having trouble signing in.
    I want to make a password recovery USB
    I used Control Panel to bring up User Accounts
    I click on User Accounts and click on User Account again in the next screen
    I thought there was supposed to be a heading on the left side of the new screen that says " Make a password recovery disk"
    It's not there.
    Where else should I look?

    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit 1903 version OS build 18362.592
    Just in case it makes a difference Microsoft Office 365
    mike
    did you have the usb drive in when going to user accounts?
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  5. mrl
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Professional (x64) Version 1903 (build 18362.592)
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Hi Oscer1,
    Yes I had the blank USB plugged into the CPU.
    I also made sure the CPU recognized it


    mike
    Last edited by mrl; 04 Feb 2020 at 21:00. Reason: added the second sentence
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  6. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 7,411
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.868
       #6

    Mike,

    It's a "reset" disk not a "recovery" disk.

    Its link only appears for local user accounts not MSAccount-linked user accounts.
    Windows 10  password recovery USB-make-prd.png

    It is no more effective than writing passwords down on a piece of paper
    but costs a lot more
    and is more difficult to keep securely.

    I keep my passwords on a strip of paper inside one of those dog collar ID cylinders that lives on my keyring


    Denis
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  7. mrl
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10 Professional (x64) Version 1903 (build 18362.592)
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Hi Try3,
    thank you
    I thought it was a way to start up when my password won't work. I never had to use it before.
    After the 1903 update, I now have to enter a password at start up, but not every time
    Yes I have the "use password to start" box Unchecked.
    When I give up trying to fix it myself, I'll post a question here.

    Thanks again

    mike
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  8. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 7,411
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.868
       #8

    Mike,

    mrl said:
    I thought it was a way to start up when my password won't work. I never had to use it before.
    The Password reset disk is used, just as a piece of paper with a password written down on it is used, when you forget your password.

    Neither the Password reset disk nor the piece of paper with a password written down on it will work if the user account has been corrupted and refuses to accept the correct password.
    - That's why it is always worth creating a spare Admin account - a password-protected local Admin user account - so you can still get in to the computer despite such corruption.

    mrl said:
    After the 1903 update, I now have to enter a password at start up, but not every time
    See Sign in User Account Automatically - TenForumsTutorials

    mrl said:
    Yes I have the "use password to start" box Unchecked.
    I do not know what you are referring to in this comment.

    Denis
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  9. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 7,411
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.868
       #9

    Mike,

    After the 1903 update, I now have to enter a password at start up, but not every time
    Your 'not every time' comment is surprising.
    - It makes me wonder if there is a Windows fault given rise to intermittent symptoms.
    - There is a repair procedure that is normally not relevant to user account issues, a 'Repair install'.
    - Repair Install Windows 10 with an In-place Upgrade - TenForumsTutorials
    - There is no need to be put off by the word 'install' it really is a repair procedure and will not affect your installed applications. It's only side-effect is that you will have to repeat the lest 'Cumulative' Windows update.
    If checking everything using that Sign in User Account Automatically - TenForumsTutorials I linked to does not fix the intermittent behaviour then try a Repair install.

    There is also a Microsoft Account Troubleshooter - direct download link but I have never used it in anger. I thought it had been incorporated within Settings, Updates, Troubleshoot but it is not there on my computer.
    - Just for completeness - How to Troubleshoot Microsoft Account Issues - TechNet Articles

    Denis
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  10. Posts : 1,718
    Windows 10 Home
       #10

    You can use this free program to create a bootable usb that will reset your unknown password to blank and let you create a new one that you can remember from now on, even if it's the same as the one you thought before -
    Forgotten Windows Admin Password Recovery Freeware
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