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Creating a bootable CD, DVD or USB disk

 

Use the following simple instruction to create your RWP bootable disk.

  • Download Reset Windows Password package or use the link that should be sent to you in your registration e-mail (the link to the fully-featured version of the program).
  • The ZIP package contains an ISO image with the program and a special utility for creating bootable disks. Unpack the archive to your HDD, run the IsoBurner.exe, select an item for creating bootable CD/DVD/USB and browse for the unpacked ISO image file (for example, rwpl.iso). Proceed to the next Wizard step and write the ISO image to disk.
  • The program offers several partition schemes (formatting modes) to supply better compatibility when booting from USB devices. If you feel uncertain about what partition scheme to select, consider using the following simple algorithm:
    • If the target PC is based on UEFI (graphical) interface, select 'Max compatibility with new PCs (FAT32 MBR for UEFI)' mode. This scheme will create a USB to be run on UEFI-based PCs where Secure Boot mode is turned ON.
    • If your target PC is based on BIOS (textual) interface, select 'Max compatibility with old PCs (FAT32 MBR for BIOS)' mode. This mode will create a USB that is fully compatible with BIOS firmware.
    • If you know nothing about the target PC, switch to 'Max possible compatibility' scheme. This mode creates bootable USBs that can run on both BIOS- and UEFI-based computers (with Compatibility Support Mode is turned ON). On some PCs or laptops, the Compatibility Support Mode is also known as Legacy Boot Mode.
  • Insert the newly created bootable CD/USB into the problem PC, reboot it and change its BIOS/UEFI settings to make the boot device (CD-ROM, DVD-ROM or USB disk) first on the list. Save the BIOS/UEFI settings, reboot once again and start Reset Windows Password off your bootable CD, DVD or USB media. You can use fast boot option if your BIOS/UEFI supports fast boot media selection during startup.
 
If you bought your PC after 2010, most likely, it comes with UEFI. New computers use UEFI firmware instead of the traditional BIOS. Both are low-level software that starts when you boot your PC and are used to 'communicate' with hardware. Unlike BIOS, UEFI is a more modern solution with graphics interface, supporting larger hard drives, faster boot times and more security features.
 
Be careful! Some AntiVirus/AntiMalware software block creating bootable disks or deny copying some boot files to media even without onscreen warnings!