Archive for November, 2012

Set Time Interval to Automatically Check Mail in Outlook 2010

November 7th, 2012 by Admin

Microsoft Outlook 2010 has option to automatically send or receive emails at a specified time interval. By default, the time interval is 30 minutes in Outlook 2010. If you need to keep up with your emails, you might want Outlook to check for new messages every few minutes. Here we’ll show you how to set the time interval to automatically check mail in Outlook 2010.

Tips: If you lost or forgot email account password set up in Outlook 2010, you can reveal the saved email password using Outlook Password Recovery program.

How to Set Time Interval to Automatically Check Mail in Outlook 2010?

In Outlook 2010, click on the File tab then click Options to bring up the Outlook Options window.

Navigate to Advanced tab and scrolled down to Send and receive section. Then click on the Send/Receive button.

In the Send/Receive Groups window, select the group named All Accounts. From bottom of the dialog, there is a list of send/receive options for selected group. If you want to remove any selected group from sending and receiving items, disable the first option. From Schedule an automatic send/receive, enter the desired time interval after which it will automatically schedule send/receive mail.

How to Crack Active Directory Password

November 7th, 2012 by Admin

The bane of an system/network administrator’s life is when Active Directory administrator passwords are lost or simply forgotten. For the unprepared, losing an admin password can cause extensive disruption to work flow and even business processes. Here I’m going to explain the various approaches that can be taken when faced with this problem.

There are essentially two approaches to recovering Active Directory passwords: cracking by brute force and resetting passwords. Various tools exist for both approaches. The brute force approach involves a dictionary attack against the Active Directory database (ntds.dit). There are many best well-known password cracker tools available on the net, which could be used to crack Windows local admin/user password, but they are unable to extract password hash from Active Directory database. So they are useless when you forgot Active Directory password.

However, you can easily reset the Active Directory password you’ve lost. Using a Live CD is the only option to access the Active Directory database offline so you can reset the password hash for a given Active Directory user account. Password Recovery Bundle is the right software which can help you reset Active Directory admin/user passwords quickly and easily.

Just launch Password Recovery Bundle and click on the Windows Password button, it allows you to create a Live CD/USB which can be used to boot your domain controller and reset your lost Active Directory password in just a few mouse clicks!

How to Remove Lost Administrator Password in Windows 8

November 4th, 2012 by Admin

I installed Windows 8 right when it was released and have just one account, i.e administrator account. Its been 2 weeks now I didn’t used my system and now when I came back I forgot my admin password. I tried many passwords that I remember but none of them worked. As I said above, there is no other Admin account so that I can reset my password. Could you guys please help me know how can I reset or recover my password? Any help will be appreciated.

Lost or forgot your administrator password in Windows 8? Windows 8, as the latest operating system which has just been released by Microsoft, there are few tricks and tips you can use to recover or remove the login password on it. Fortunately, there is a powerful utility which can work with Windows 8 and allows you to remove lost administrator password easily – Password Recovery Bundle.

How to Remove Lost Administrator Password in Windows 8?

  1. First you need to download Password Recovery Bundle program on another computer. After installing and running the program, click the Windows Password button, which allows you to create a password removal bootdisk in 3 steps. Insert a blank CD/DVD or USB drive into the computer and click Start Burn to create a bootdisk.

  2. Insert the password removal bootdisk you’ve created into the computer which locked you out of it. Turn on the computer and hold down F2 or whatever the setup key is shown as during the initial boot screen. This should bring up the BIOS.

    In the BIOS look for the Boot Device Priority option, set CD/DVD as the 1st boot device if you want to boot from CD. You can either set Removable Device as the 1st boot device if you want to boot off USB drive. Save your changes.

  3. Restart the computer and now it will boot from the password removal bootdisk. After one or two minutes the bootdisk will launch the Reset Windows Password utility. Choose the administrator account, and then click Reset Password button. The program will remove your lost administrator password instantly.

  4. Now remove the password removal bootdisk and restart the computer, you can then quickly log on Windows 8 system without being asked for a password.

Password Recovery Bundle could also be used to remove lost administrator password in Windows 7/Vista/XP. It can save you lots of time and frustration in case you lost or forgot Windows 8 administrator password.

How to Reset Lost Domain Admin Password in Windows Server 2012

November 3rd, 2012 by Admin

In my previous post I’ve shown you how to install Active Directory in Windows Server 2012. During the procedure of promoting your server to a domain controller, you’ll be prompted to set a strong password for the administrator account in case the password is blank. What to do if you forgot the domain administrator password after installation?

As system/network administrator, you are usually confronted with the problem of forgetting domain admin password. Even if you don’t have to reset a password now, you should get acquainted with this issue. In this tutorial we’ll show you the easiest way to reset a lost domain administrator password in Windows Server 2012.

How to Reset Lost Domain Admin Password in Windows Server 2012?

  1. Download and install Password Recovery Bundle on another computer that you can log in.
  2. Prepare a blank CD and insert it into the computer.
  3. Launch Password Recovery Bundle and click on Windows Password button, it will display the ISO burning dialog.
  4. Choose the CD you’ve plugged in and then click on Start Burn button to create a Live CD.
  5. After you have the Live CD, put it into the CD drive of your locked server PC whose password you want to reset.
  6. Turn on the server and have it boot from the Live CD. You may need to go into BIOS and set CD/DVD as the first boot device.
  7. After booting from the Live CD, it will load the Windows PE operating system inside the Live CD and start the Reset Windows Password program.
  8. Choose the Active Directory NTDS.dit database, it will display a list of domain user accounts inside the NTDS.dit database.
  9. Choose the administrator account from the list, then click on Reset Password button, the program will replace the forgotten/unknown administrator password with the new password: Password123.

Reject the Live CD and restart the server. You can then log in to the domain administrator account with the new password. It’s so easy to reset a lost domain admin password in Windows Server 2012!

How to Install Active Directory in Windows Server 2012

November 3rd, 2012 by Admin

Similar to previous versions of Windows Server, there are two steps to install Active Directory: First you need to add the Active Directory Domain Services Role to your computer, then run the dcpromo commmand to promote your server to a domain controller. However, in Windows Server 2012, the dcpromo command has been deprecated.

So what replaces dcpromo in Windows Server 2012? There are now two ways to promote your server to a DC: One, through PowerShell and other is Server Manager. Here we will show you how to install Active Directory through Server Manager.

This tutorial can be divided into 2 steps. Before installing Active Directory, please assign a static IP address to your server and set a strong password for the built-in administrator account.

Part 1: Install Active Directory Domain Services

  1. Open Server Manager, then click on Add Roles and Features link.
  2. Click Next on the Before you begin window.
  3. Select Role-based or feature-based installation and then click Next.
  4. Click Select a server from the server pool, click the name of the server to install Active Directory Domain Services to, and then click Next.
  5. Click Active Directory Domain Services. When the Add Roles and Features Wizard dialog box opens, select Add Features, then Next.
  6. On the Active Directory Domain Services page, review the information and then click Next.
  7. On the Confirm installation selections page, click Install.
  8. After the installation has completed, the server will restart.

Part 2: Promote the Server to a Domain Controller

Once above step is completed and all required features have been installed, now is the time to promote the server to a Domain Controller by following the below steps.

  1. Back in Server Manager, you will notice that AD DS has been added to the left navigation tree. Click on it and then click on More on the right navigation pane where it states that Configuration is required for Active Directory Domain Services.
  2. You will now be presented with the All Servers Task Details window, in which you will click on Promote this server to a domain controller under Action.
  3. The Deployment Configuration screen appears and we will select Add a new forest as this is the first domain controller. Enter your Root domain name and then click Next.
  4. On the Domain Controller Options page select your Forest and Domain functional levels, for this demo will leave the defaults of Windows Server 2012 for both, Enter a desired DSRM Password, click Next.
  5. On the DNS Options page, click Next.
  6. The NetBIOS domain name will then be inputted automatically. In the event of a conflict, it will suggest an alternative by appending the original name with a 0. Click Next.
  7. On the Paths page verify the desired locations of the Database, Log files and SYSVOL folders, change the locations is required, click Next.
  8. On the Review Options page, click Next.
  9. The wizard will perform a Prerequisite check before the installation can continue. After the check is completed successfully click Install.
  10. The server will restart once the configuration has completed, the server is now a domain controller for the newly formed domain. Upon restart, you should be able to login using your domain administrator account.

The Best Free Tools to Create a Bootable USB Drive from ISO Image

November 2nd, 2012 by Admin

Having a bootable USB is very essential, especially if your computer doesn’t come with a CD/DVD drive. Using bootable USB drive to install an operating system not only makes the installation faster, but also saves a DVD. You can boot to the USB drive, using it to run the OS setup program, just like a CD or DVD.

Here are the best free tools that allows you to create a bootable USB drive from ISO image. You can burn an ISO of an operating system to a USB drive and install Windows or Linux on a computer.

Option 1: Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool is an official, freeware tool from Microsoft that allows you to burn and write the Windows 7 ISO image to a physical DVD media, USB flash drive (or USB stick), or external and portable USB hard disk, and ensuring the DVD or USB drive is bootable. Been bootable mean the media allows users to install Windows 7 after starting up computer directly without having to first run an existing operating system on the machine.

Option 2: Universal USB Installer

Universal USB Installer is a Live Linux USB Creator that allows you to choose from a selection of Linux Distributions to put on your USB Flash Drive. The Universal USB Installer is easy to use. Simply choose a Live Linux Distribution, the ISO file, your Flash Drive and, Click Install.

Option 3: ISO2Disc

ISO2Disc is a simple ISO burner software to burn your ISO image file to CD/DVD disc or USB flash drive. It’s the best and most essential free software that allows you to create a bootable USB flash drive from a Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Server 2003, or Server 2008 installation CD or DVD. It will also transfer a Windows pre-install environments (WinPE), which are handy for troubleshooting and repairs, to a USB flash drive.

Forgot Windows 8 Administrator Password and Can’t Login

November 1st, 2012 by Admin

Do any of you all know how to reset Windows 8 administrator password once lost or forgotten. Since windows 8 is a completely new concept to me that’s why I want to know how can I reset or restore the password?

What to do if you forgot Windows 8 administrator password? Is there any other option to unlock your computer than re-installing Windows 8? In this tutorial we’ll show you how to reset Windows 8 administrator password in case you forgot the password or the administrator account is locked out or disabled.

How to Reset Forgotten Windows 8 Administrator Password?

  1. Click here to download the Reset Windows Password software. Once the download is complete, unzip the download file and you’ll find the CD ISO image: ResetWindowsPwd.iso.
  2. Burn the ISO image to an empty CD using any CD/DVD recording software such as BurnCDCC or ISO2Disc.
  3. Place the Live CD you’ve created in the CD drive of your Windows 8 computer. Head into the BIOS and set the computer to boot from CD.
  4. The boot procedure may take one or two minutes, and the Reset Windows Password program will start.
  5. From the main window of Reset Windows Password program, you could see the Windows SAM registry file and user accounts inside the SAM file.
  6. Choose the administrator account, and then click on the Reset Password button. It will immediately reset the forgotten administrator password and unlock the user account if it is locked out or disabled.

After resetting Windows 8 administrator password, remove the CD and reboot the computer. You can then log in to Windows 8 administrator account without entering a password. If your computer doesn’t have a CD drive, you can use USB stick to create a Live disk to unlock your forgotten administrator password.

How to Boot to Desktop & Skip the Start Screen in Windows 8

November 1st, 2012 by Admin

In Windows 8, every time you log in your Windows account, you will be presented with the new Metro-style Start screen as shown below.

In order to get to the desktop in Windows 8, you have to click on the Desktop tile. If you don’t want to see the Start screen every time you log in, here is a quick trick to bypass the Start screen so you can boot straight to the desktop.

How to Boot to Desktop & Skip the Start Screen in Windows 8?

Download the win8desktop.scf file to your Windows 8 computer. Actually, this is a plain text file and but it looks like the shortcut of the Show Desktop icon in the Quick Launch area on Windows XP.

Launch the Task Scheduler. Press Windows + R to launch the Run box. Type taskschd.msc and click OK.

Click on the Create Task link at the right side of the Task Scheduler window.

The Create Task window is opened. In the General tab, provide a name for the task.

Click over to the Triggers tab and use the New button to create a new trigger. In the New Trigger window, set the task to begin At log on and click OK.

Click over to the Actions tab and create a new action. Set the action to Start a program, use the Browse button to select the shortcut you have downloaded, and click OK.

Click over to the Conditions tab and uncheck the Start the task only if the computer is on AC power check box under Power. If you don’t do this, your laptop won’t boot to the desktop if it’s running on battery power.

Click OK and you’re done. Next time when you log in, the computer will automatically skip the Metro-style Start screen and go straight to the desktop instead.