In this article, you will learn how to make a Windows password disk on Mac. Actually It’s not unusual to forget your Windows login password, but what if you have and the only other computer you have access to is a Mac running macOS (whatever version, including the latest macOS 10.15 Catalina)? What can you do to bypass password security if that happens? What we’re covering today is an application that will become an indispensable part of your software toolbelt.
How to Make a Windows Password Disk on Mac
Essentially, what it does is to let you create a password reset disk after you’ve forgotten the password. Microsoft’s Forgotten Password Wizard can help you create a password reset disk while you still have admin access, but PassMoz LabWin, the application we’re putting under the microscope today, gives you near-instant access when you’re basically locked out and out of luck.
How Does PassMoz LabWin Work?
Under normal circumstances, when your computer boots up from the native OS installation, it will take you to the login screen. However, if you don’t know the password, you can’t proceed. That effectively means the OS itself is useless because it will always boot to the login screen.
To circumvent that problem, PassMoz LabWin contains its own pre-installation environment, also known as Windows PE, which boots a basic version of the OS so that other processes can be carried out. In this case, the ‘process’ in question is the resetting of the password. To support this, it also contains an ISO burning utility that lets you create the password reset disk on a different computer. The only difference is that, in this instance, the ‘different computer’ will be a Mac.
As such, PassMoz LabWin is one of the few Mac utilities you’ll find that can do the job when it comes to creating a password reset disk for a locked-out Windows machine. We’ll look at a couple of others as well, but let’s first take a gander at how the process works.
How to Use PassMoz Windows Password Reset Disk
Step 0: We’ll call this Step Zero because it is actually a pre-reset component of the password resetting process. It involves creating the password reset disk on your Mac, which means you need to download the macOS version from the official PassMoz LabWin website.
Step 1: Insert a USB drive or a DVD/CD into the Mac and launch the software. In the interface that loads up, you’ll see an option to create a password reset disk on the media device of your choice. All you need to do is hit the Burn button against the chosen type. It will automatically create the password reset disk, which you can subsequently eject and remove from the Mac.
Step 2: Since the data on the drive or disk is formatted for Windows, insert it into your locked PC and boot it up. During the boot, you need to change the boot order by hitting F2, F8 or whatever manufacturer-specified key takes you to the BIOS setup menu. Here, point the BIOS to your password reset disk or drive, save the changes and exit BIOS setup.
Step 3: When your PC boots into PassMoz LabWin again, choose the correct ISO file for your version of Windows, select the locked user account in the next section, and then hit Reset Password right below that. In the blink of an eye, the password for that account will be instantly blanked. You can now hit Reboot after removing the media. The computer will boot normally into the login screen, where you will no longer require a password to gain access.
There are also other ways to make a password reset disk for Windows after you’ve forgotten the original admin password. Here they are:
DaRT and Locksmith
DaRT, which is short for Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset, is another popular password reset tool for Windows. Its primary purpose is to allow IT-professionals to get into computers that don’t boot up normally so they can apply whatever fix is required. As such, it can be used to reset your password and access your PC when you’ve forgotten the main admin password. It essentially involves creating a recovery CD that can be used to unlock your local admin account. As with PassMoz, you’ll need to boot from the recovery disk. Once it boots, it utilizes an application called Locksmith, which appears as a wizard to help you through the steps of resetting the password for any local account.
Reset Microsoft Account
Most Windows 10 users today use their universal Microsoft account to log in to Windows, Xbox, Skype, and the many other applications in Microsoft’s ecosystem. If that’s the case, you’re in luck because you can simply reset it online on the Microsoft Live website. All you need to do is head over to the password reset site for your Microsoft account, enter some credentials to verify that it is, in fact, you that are requesting the password change, and then set a new password. Once you reboot your PC, you can log in with the newly created password.
There are some challenges when using these other tools. For example, resetting the Microsoft account requires the locked PC to be hooked up to the Internet. Unless it’s online, the password reset that you did on the site won’t take, which means you’ll get the ‘wrong password’ error once again. The problem with Locksmith is that you need to make the DaRT recovery CD in the first place.
If you don’t have the experience to do that, it’s certainly a problem. What PassMoz LabWin offers is a straightforward way to cut through all the technicality and unlock your PC with ease. Moreover, once you’ve created the password reset disk in this way, you can use it as many times as you like for any of the local accounts on that PC. As a matter of fact, it even allows you to change your Microsoft account or your MS Server admin account if you’re locked out of those. Now you can see why this is quickly becoming the tool of choice for Windows technicians, IT-Pros, and individual users alike.