Help Creating Windows 8 Password Reset USB Flash Drive

If you're looking for help creating a Windows 8 password reset boot CD  instead of a USB thumb drive.

Requirements

  • Password Reset X64 Download
  • USB flash drive (1 GB or greater capacity)
  • Windows computer w/ Administrator rights (to create the USB flash drive)

Resetting Windows 8 Passwords

Many computers built for Windows 8 use EFI/UEFI replacing BIOS.  UEFI  introduces new security and can support remote diagnostics and repair of computers.  Few Windows 8 password reset disc will work with UEFI secure boot computers.  Password Reset X64 is tested and works with Windows 8 UEFI computers.

Create UEFI Secure Boot Flash Drive

The Password Reset X64 Boot CD & USB Creator launches immediately after setup.  You can also start it from Windows Start menu.

Windows Start menu select Password Reset X64 Boot CD & USB Creator

Password Reset X64 Boot Media Program displays.  Click Create Password Reset X64 Boot USB from the program.

Create Password Reset X64 Boot USB flash drive - Step 1

When you launch the WiNToBootic program to create a Boot USB, the program may appear under other windows.  Select the WinNTBootic from the Windows Taskbar.

Create Password Reset X64 Boot USB flash drive - Step 2

The WiNToBootic utility creates the Password Reset X64 bootable flash drive.  Insert your USB flash drive and WiNToBootic will detect it.

Create Password Reset X64 Boot USB flash drive - Step 3

Click the Drop Source or Click area and select the Password Reset X64 ISO.

Create Password Reset X64 Boot USB flash drive - Step 4

The path to the Password Reset X64 ISO appears in the status bar of the Main Window.

Create Password Reset X64 Boot USB flash drive - Step 5

After you select the ISO file, WinNToBootic displays it as selected.

Create Password Reset X64 Boot USB flash drive - Step 6

Click the Do it! button to start creating bootable flash drive.

Create Password Reset X64 Boot USB flash drive - Step 7

The program displays a confirmation dialog, click the OK button to continue.

Create Password Reset X64 Boot USB flash drive - Step 8

Microsoft Windows may display a User Account Control dialog.  Click the Yes button to continue.

Create Password Reset X64 Boot USB flash drive - Step 9

WiNToBootic display progress dialog.

Create Password Reset X64 Boot USB flash drive - Step 10

Writing files... 99% displays, it's almost complete.

Create Password Reset X64 Boot USB flash drive - Step 11

WiNToBootic completes. Click the Thanks! button.

Create Password Reset X64 Boot USB flash drive - Step 12

Click the X button to close WiNToBootic.

Create Password Reset X64 Boot USB flash drive - Step 13

(Optional step) You can verify that the USB boot media is ready.  Open Windows Explorer and you should see files like the image below.

Create Password Reset X64 Boot USB flash drive - Step 14

Next, Modifying Your Computers UEFI Settings To Boot From USB Flash Drive.

Now, that you created the USB boot media, plug it into your computer.  Help setting your UEFI secure boot computer start from the USB flash drive.

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