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How to Create a UEFI Bootable Password Reset Drive for Surface

A password reset drive can help you regain access to your Surface tablet, if you forget your password to login Surface. This tutorial describes 2 ways to create a password reset USB disk for Surface tablet. This applies to Surface Studio, Surface Book, Surface Book with Performance Base, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 3, Surface 3, Surface Pro 2, Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface RT.

Way 1: Create a password reset disk when Surface is accessible

If you use a local account in your Surface, you should create a password reset disk using a USB flash drive as soon as you can, in case you forget your password. To create a password reset disk for a local account on Surface tablet, here's how:

Step 1: Plug a USB flash drive into your PC. Right-click on the Flash drive and select format. Then click Start.

Note: Surface tablets use UEFI system, they can’t boot from bootable disk with NTFS partition. You must format USB drive formatted to FAT32 (not NTFS).

Format USB drive as FAT mode

Step 2: Press Windows logo+R keys to open Run box. Type in the following and hit Enter to open it:

rundll32.exe keymgr.dll,PRShowSaveWizardExW

Run password reset disk

Alternatively, you may open Control Panel. Then, open the User Accounts applet. Click User Account, you will find the Create a password reset disk link here. Click or tap it.

Create a password reset disk

Note: If you are unable to access to a password reset disk, please restart Windows Explorer in Task Management. Now the Password reset disk Wizard will open and follow the instruction to create one.

Step 3: In the Forgotten Password wizard, select Next. Choose your USB flash drive and select Next.

Forgotten password wizard

Step 4: Type your current password and select Next. When the wizard is done, select Finish.

Enter current password

Remove the USB flash drive and keep it in a safe place where you'll remember it. It's best not to use the password reset drive to store other files or data. You don't have to create a new disk when you change your password—even multiple times.

How to Create a password reset drive when Surface is unaccessible

If you are unable to access to a Surface when you forgot the login password, iSumsoft Windows Password Refixer helps create a UEFI bootable password reset drive. It is a password cracking software with UEFI support, which can not only be used to remove a local account password but also reset a Microsoft account.

To use the Windows Password Refixer tool to create a bootable USB drive, do as follows:

Step 1: Download and install Windows Password Refixer into any accessible computer. Follow the Setup Wizard to complete installing.

Step 2: Burn this windows password reset image to USB drive.

1. Insert a USB flash drive. After running this software, you need to choose USB device to burn this software to create a password reset drive.

Choose USB device

2. Select your USB drive, then click Begin burning to create a password reset disk.

Burn Windows Password Reset ISO file to USB

Important tips:

Creating a password reset drive will erase everything that's stored on your USB drive. Make sure to transfer any important data on your USB drive to another storage device before using it to create a password reset drive.

3. Click Yes to format the USB flash drive when asked. Wait it erases your USB drive and transfers Windows reset ISO file to it.

format your USB drive

When burning progress 100% completes and Burning Successfully pops up, you're finished creating the password reset drive, eject the drive. And then you can use it to troubleshoot your locked Surface tablet.

Burning Windows Password Reset IOS file to USB