Archive for May, 2013

How to Reset Windows 2003 Domain Administrator Password After Forgotten

May 27th, 2013 by Admin

I am trying get an unused Windows 2003 server up and running, it booted fine but I was greeted with the login window and none of the known passwords seem to work. The server I am trying to get to work is a domain controller and has not been used in a long time. How to recover or reset the forgotten domain administrator password?

Have you forgotten your domain administrator password? Do you need to reset the password in Windows Server 2003 Active Directory? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us and you are not alone. In this article we’ll explain how to easily reset Windows 2003 domain administrator password after forgotten. This requires you to gain physical access to the domain controller that you are locked out of.

How to Reset Windows 2003 Domain Administrator Password After Forgotten?

Step #1: Download the Reset Windows Password package and save it on any computer which you can log on as administrator. extract the ResetWindowsPwd.zip file and it contains an ISO image file. Burn the ISO file to a CD or USB flash drive using ISO2Disc utility.

Step #2: Now start the Windows 2003 system which you want to reset the domain admin password by putting the CD or the USB in the computer. While start up you have to make sure that it boots up from the correct device i.e. from the CD or the USB. In order to do this go to your BIOS settings and change the boot order as CD or USB drive as the first option. Or if you know the Boot menu key then press it and boot from the correct device.

Step #3: After booting from the CD or the USB, the Reset Windows Password program will launch after one or two minutes. Click on the “Reset Active Directory Password” option, it automatically searches your 2003 Active Directory database and shows you a list of domain user accounts.

Step #4: Choose the domain administrator account from the list, and then click on “Reset Password” button. It will unlock/reset your forgotten Windows 2003 domain administrator password in no time.

Step #5: Now restart the computer and remove the CD/USB drive. When you reach the Windows 2003 login screen, you can log in to the domain administrator account using the new password: Password123. It’s so easy!

Conclusion

So this is how can you reset lost Windows 2003 domain administrator password. You can also use the CD/USB drive you’ve created above to reset forgotten local administrator password on Windows 2003. Enjoy it!

How to Install Windows XP from USB Flash Drive

May 27th, 2013 by Admin

Windows XP is an old yet one of the most preferred operating systems. Recently I got an email from one of our customers who wanted some help in installing Windows XP from USB flash drive. If your computer doesn’t come with a CD drive or the CD drive is not in a working condition, the only alternative to install Windows XP is by using a USB flash drive. In this tutorial we’ll walk you through how to install Windows XP from USB flash drive.

How to Install Windows XP from USB Flash Drive?

This procedure allows you to create a bootable USB flash drive which acts exactly same with the XP installation CD. After a bootable Windows XP installation USB drive is ready, you can plug it into any computer and start the installation of Windows XP immediately.

1. Firstly, download the software Win to Flash from here. Just double-click the setup file to install it. During installation, when asked for licence key, press ‘exit’ to use this tool for free.

2. After installing, run this tool and select ‘Windows Setup Transfer Wizard’, then click Next.

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3. In this step, you have to select the source of Windows XP installation disk and the destination USB flash drive that you want to use for installing Windows XP. If you have only a Windows XP ISO image, you could uncompress the ISO image and then specify the output folder as the Windows files path. Click Next.

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4. The tool will then start formatting your USB drive and transfer your Windows XP installation files into the USB flash drive. After the process gets completed, your USB flash drive is ready to install Windows XP!

5. Now bring the USB flash drive to the computer that you want to do a clean install of Windows XP on. Turn on the computer and get it to boot from your USB flash drive. If you don’t know how to do this, please refer to this article: How to Set Your Computer to Boot from CD or USB Drive.

6. Once the system boots from the USB flash drive, you’ll see a list of boot options: one is Text mode setup, while another is GUI mode setup + 1st start of windows. Here, you must select the first option. During the installation process, the computer will restart itself and then, you have to select the second option as the booting medium.

7. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. Install Windows XP from that USB flash drive same as you install from an optical CD drive.

Forgot Windows 7 Password on Your HP Laptop

May 26th, 2013 by Admin

I bought A Windows 7 HP laptop about a year ago. It has a finger swipe to gain access to your account just the same as using a password. Using the finger swipe so much I have forgot my password, is there a way to reset it without knowing your current password?

Forgot Windows 7 password on your HP laptop? Is there any way to bypass or reset the login password when you are locked out of Windows 7? When you come here, you might have tried everything to get into your HP laptop but still to no avail. In this article we’ll explain how to reset forgotten Windows 7 password on any HP laptop. This also works with both HP desktop and netbook computers.

How to Reset Forgotten Windows 7 Password on Your HP Laptop?

Before resetting HP password, you need to make a password recovery boot disc on another computer that you can access to. Simply boot your locked HP laptop from the boot disc and it enables you to reset forgotten Windows 7 password in no time. The whole recovery procedure can be divided into two steps. Let’s proceed.

Part 1: Create a Password Recovery Boot Disc

  1. Download Password Recovery Bundle and save it to any computer with internet access. After installing, launch the program and click on Windows Password button, and you’ll get the interface as follow.

    Create a Windows Password Reset Disk

  2. Place a blank CD on the CD tray, and then click on Refresh button and select the device you just plug in. Click on Start Burn button to begin the burning process. A password recovery boot disc will be ready after a few minutes.

Part 2: Reset Forgotten Windows 7 Password on HP Laptop

  1. Insert the password recovery boot disc into your locked HP laptop.
  2. To access the Boot Device Options window, turn on the computer and immediately press the Esc key to display the Boot Menu. Use the arrow key to select CD-ROM drive and press Enter.

    Boot Menu

  3. The computer begins to boot from the CD, and after a few minutes you’ll reach the main window of Reset Windows Password program.

    Reset Windows Password

  4. Choose the user account you would like to reset the password for and then click on Reset button. The program will unlock/remove your forgotten HP login password immediately

Now you’ve successfully reset your forgotten Windows 7 password. Restart the computer and remove the password recovery boot disc. When you reach the Windows 7 login screen, you can then log in to your user account using a blank/empty password.

How to Find Lost Office 2003 Product Key (CD Key)

May 26th, 2013 by Admin

I have a legal copy of Office 2003 on my desktop that was validated and all updates installed. I am getting ready to do a fresh OS install (XP Pro) and cannot find the original Office 2003 product key. Does the key reside anywhere in the system such that I can retrieve it before reformatting the hard drive and starting the system reload?

Lost your Office 2003 product key? If you decide to reinstall Microsoft Office 2003 and you’ve lost your product key (CD key), Product Key Finder can find out the CD key of your PC’s currently installed version of Windows and Microsoft Office. Office 2003 product key is encrypted inside the Windows registry so finding it manually is nearly impossible. With Product Key Finder you can extract and recover your lost Office 2003 product key easily.

How to Find Lost Office 2003 Product Key (CD Key)?

Download and install Product Key Finder, then launch it. From the main screen, click on the “Start Recovery” Button. It will offer you 3 options to retrieve your lost product key:

  • From current system
  • From non-booting system
  • From remote computer

The first option allows you to find the product keys for Windows, Office and other software installed on your local computer. The other two options enable you to retrieve product keys for external hard drive and network computers.

The software automatically searches all editions of Microsoft Office that are installed on your computer and locate your Microsoft Office product key for you. So this is how can you find lost Office 2003 product key. Remember that once you have retrieved your product key, be sure to keep it in a safe place for future use.

Recover Lost Software Serial Numbers Using the Best Serial Key Finder

May 24th, 2013 by Admin

Have you ever lost a software serial number or key code? Misplacing a serial key is one of the common issues for computer users. Luckily, there is a simple solution to grab your license key from the Windows registry. Product Key Finder is the best serial key finder software which allows you to recover lost serial numbers for Windows, Microsoft Office and many other software.

How to Recover Lost Software Serial Numbers Using Serial Key Finder?

Product Key Finder is the perfect tool to recover Microsoft serial numbers or registration keys besides other Windows software. It’s a small utility, super fast, and easy to use. Just a few mouse clicks and it will find compatible software installed on your PC and decrypt the keys for you.

Simply download and install Product Key Finder on your computer. After installing, run the program. Click on “Start Recovery” button, it will display a list of recovery options:

  • From current system
  • From non-booting system
  • From remote computer

If you’ve chosen the first option, the program will automatically search the Windows registry on your local computer, and then decrypt and find your Windows serial keys and serial numbers of other software installed on your local computer.

The other two options allow you to recover software serial keys from external hard drive or remote network computers. This is a service not provided by other regular serial key finder software.

Conclusion

Should you find that you have lost the keys for some of your software, chances are you can recover the serial numbers or key codes. You could either search the Windows registry, which stores serial numbers, or follow this tutorial to look up your lost serial keys.

How to Reset Lost Parental Controls Password in Windows 8/7/Vista

May 24th, 2013 by Admin

Using parental controls in Windows 8/7/Vista, you can control the times that your children can use your computer, the kinds of games they can play, and the programs they can access. If you realize that you have forgotten your parental controls password, then you are unable to log on the administrator account and change the parental controls settings. In this article we’ll explain how to reset lost parental controls password in Windows 8, 7 and Vista.

How to Reset Lost Parental Controls Password in Windows 8/7/Vista?

To disable or make some changes with your parental controls settings, you’ll need to log on the computer with administrator account. In case you lost or forgot your admin password, you can reset it easily by following these steps:

  1. Download the self-extracting Zip file of Reset Windows Password package.
  2. Unzip the download file, there is a bootable ISO image: ResetWindowsPwd.iso. Burn it onto a blank CD/DVD or USB stick using ISO2Disc or any CD/DVD burning software you like.
  3. Boot the computer with parental controls enabled from the Live CD/USB drive you’ve burned.
  4. Wait until the boot process is complete. When a window pops up with all your Windows accounts, select the administrator user account and then click the Reset Password button.

    Reset Windows Password

  5. The program will unlock and reset your lost administrator password immediately.
  6. Take out the Live CD/USB drive and restart the computer, you can then log in to the administrator account without entering a password.

So this is how can you reset lost parental controls password in Windows 8, 7 and Vista. If you are very tech savvy and need to recover the original administrator password without resetting it, you can try the free Windows password recovery software: Ophcrack.

How to Find Microsoft Office 2007 Product Key

May 22nd, 2013 by Admin

How do you find a lost Microsoft Office 2007 product key? I have to do a system restore but to reinstall Office I need the product key. The product key was written down and a family membership accidentally threw it away. Is there any way out to extract Office product key from the current system?

Sometimes it becomes necessary to re-enter your Microsoft Office product key. This could be due to a need for reinstalling Office or the whole operating system. If your product key wasn’t saved in a safe space, you may be unable to find or remember it. When this happens, you can turn to a Microsoft Office key finder program for help.

With Product Key Finder program, you can quickly find lost Microsoft Office 2007 product key from your Windows system. Recover your encrypted Office product key at any time with the following steps.

How to Find Microsoft Office 2007 Product Key?

  1. Download and install the Product Key Finder software, then launch it. From the main screen, click on the “Start Recovery” button. It will display a list of recovery options.
  2. Choose the “From current system” option, the program will recover and find your Microsoft Office 2007 product key on your computer.
  3. Copy the product key to a text file or print it for safe keeping.

In case you lost or misplace Office 2007 product key, you can follow this step-by-step tutorial to recover your Office product key quickly and easily. No need to purchase a new copy of Microsoft Office 2007. Save your time and money!

 

How to Show File Name Extensions in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

May 22nd, 2013 by Admin

By default all Windows versions such as Windows 7, Vista, Windows 8 or Windows 10 don’t show file name extensions for known file types. This means that as long as a file type is associated with a program, Windows will show only a file name and not its extension. But sometimes this may cause unnecessary confusion. For example, if there are two files with the same file name but a different extension, it’s difficult to distinguish one file from another. In this tutorial we’ll explain how to show file name extensions in Windows 10, 8 and 7.

Part 1: How to Show File Name Extensions in Windows 10 / 8

  1. Open up File Explorer.
  2. When the File Explorer window opens, click on the View tab at the top. Check the box next to “File name extensions“.

  3. Now, you should be able to see file name extensions for every file on your computer.

Part 2: How to Show File Name Extensions in Windows 7

  1. Open up Windows Explorer.
  2. click Organize in the toolbar on the top, and then select Folder and search options.

  3. Click the View tab in the Folder Options dialog box. Deselect Hide extensions for known file types and click OK.

  4. This will make Windows 7 show file name extensions immediately.