Archive for August, 2012

How to Change Windows 7 Logon Screen

August 2nd, 2012 by Admin

Ever wanted to change the default background of the Windows 7 logon screen? It is easier than you might imagine. While there are loads of 3rd party tools out there that will do this, and more, we’ve got a nice technique that won’t require you to install any additional software at all.

All you have to do is change a single registry value and put an image file in the correct location. You can set any image you like as your logon screen. To change Windows 7 logon screen, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Enable Custom Backgrounds

Firstly, to enable the background of the logon screen to be changed, we need to make a change in the registry editor. Click your Start button and type in regedit and press enter.

Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background

Here you’ll hopefully see an DWORD value named OEMBackground. If it isn’t there then you’ll need to create it – right-click in the right hand pane and choose New. Create a new DWORD value and call it OEMBackground.

Double click on the DWORD and set its value to 1.

Step 2: Select A Background Image

Windows will look for your background image in C:\Windows\System32\oobe\info\backgrounds – by default the info folder won’t exist, so create it inside of the oobe folder, open it up and then create a backgrounds folder. Place the image that you want to have as the background inside of here. For best results try to use an image which is the same size as your screen resolution so that it doesn’t get stretched or distorted. It is important to note that the maximum allowed size of the image is 256kb.

That’s all there is to it – the image will be the background for the logon screen with immediate effect, you don’t even need to restart your computer. If you are following the steps while reading this then press the Windows logo key+L to lock your screen and you’ll see the background image is the one you have selected.

How to Change Windows Domain Password if You Forgot it

August 1st, 2012 by Admin

I just lost my domain administrator password so can anyone please do tell me how to change it so that I can log onto domain controller or add any further machines into domain via that account. I would be waiting anxiously for all your suggestions.

In Windows 2008/2003/2000, if the server is a domain controller, you must set a strong password to meet the password policy requirements when you create a new account. By default, domain password requires at least 7 characters and at least 1 numeric character or at least 1 special character (*&^%$#@, etc.). You may also be forced to change the password on a regular basis. So there is a big chance that you would forgot the password. What to do if you forgot Windows domain password and can’t log in with any other account?

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to change Windows domain password if you forgot it. Follow the steps below you can change your forgotten domain password on Windows Server 2008/2003/2000 in minutes.

How to Change Windows Domain Password:

  1. Download Password Recovery Bundle and save it on any accessible computer. Install and launch Password Recovery Bundle, then click Windows Password button, the pop-up dialog enables you to create a password reset CD.
  2. To make your locked computer boot off the password reset disk, head over to the computer’s BIOS and make some changes: Set CD-ROM as the 1st boot device.
  3. Insert the password reset disk you’ve created into your locked computer. Restart the computer. You’ll notice the boot screen is not the same as usual because it is loading from the password reset disk now.
  4. It takes a while to load some necessary files and launch the Reset Windows Password utility. Here we’re going to change Windows Domain password, so we choose the Reset Active Directory Password option. It will display a list of domain user accounts on your domain controller.
  5. Choose a domain account whose password you forgot, then click Reset Password button. The program will change its password to Password123 by default.
  6. Remove the password reset disk and restart the computer.

Now you’ve successfully changed Windows domain password on your domain controller. You can then log on the computer with your new password.