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How to Fix a Lost Administrator Password Using Windows 7 or Vista System Restore

April 8th, 2013 by Admin

Lost or Forgot the administrator password on your Windows PC? There are tons of password cracking tips and tricks available on the internet which can help you recover or reset a lost admin password, but most of them involve in many complex steps and often it’s hard to get them to work if the security holes in your system are already blocked.

Thankfully, you can easily fix a lost administrator password using Windows 7 or Vista system restore. Just restore Windows to a point that includes an old password you can remember. This will definitely save you a lot of trouble and may also save your data and user settings. For this to work, you only need a System Repair Disc or the original Windows installation DVD. If you don’t have a System Repair Disc, you can create one easily by following this guide: Create a Windows System Repair Disc for Emergency Use.

How to Fix a Lost Administrator Password Using Windows 7 or Vista System Restore?

Insert your Windows Installation DVD or System Repair Disc into your drive, turn on the computer, and wait until you see the message “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD”. Press any key to continue. (Note: If you don’t see this message, you probably have to change the boot order in the BIOS and/or disable Secure Boot.)

When the system boots from the DVD, follow along with the prompts as you normally would. When you get to the Install Windows screen, click the Repair Your Computer link.

After searching the Windows installations on your hard drive, you’ll then be prompted to select the operating system to repair. Just select your desired operating system and click Next.

The System Recovery Options dialog box will open up and offer different recovery options to help you troubleshoot computer problems. Here we need to click System Restore to load the System Restore wizard.

When you see the first window of the System Restore wizard, click Next.

At this screen you’ll be prompted to select the restore point that you want to use. Click Next.

Finally, you’ll be prompted to confirm your restore point and if everything looks right, click Finish.

Click Yes to the warning message that comes up making sure you want to restore the computer to the selected restore point. The restore process will begin. It may take a while to complete, so sit back and be patient.

Once the restore operation is complete, you’ll be prompted to restart your system.

Remove the DVD and restart the computer. You can then log in to your machine with an old password which you used before. Done!

Conclusion

Windows 7 or Vista system restore will make sure that you don’t lose any documents or files. However, any programs or updates that have been installed since the corresponding restore point have to be installed again. This approach works perfectly with Windows 8, 7 and Vista. But it doesn’t work with Windows XP.

If you can’t even do a system restore or can’t afford to lose any software recently installed on your computer, I would highly recommend you using some commercial software to unlock your forgotten password, such as Reset Windows Password utility.

The Simple Way to Crack Windows Server 2003 Password

April 6th, 2013 by Admin

Have you forgot your Windows server 2003 password and ended up locking yourself out of your PC? Or perhaps the previous system admin has left without leaving the server password? Well, then this article is for you! In this article you’ll find detailed instructions for you to crack Windows server 2003 password quickly and easily!

How to Crack Windows Server 2003 Password?

All you need to do is to create a Live CD which contains password cracking utility on another computer you can login, then bring the Live CD to boot up your server that you need to crack a password on.  It allows you to crack both local administrator password and domain administrator password on your Windows Server 2003. These instructions are written assuming a bootable CD is being used, but are essentially the same for a bootable USB flash drive.

  1. Download the bootable disk’s image of Reset Windows Password utility, it comes in a .ZIP file. Unzip the download file and you’ll get the ISO image file: ResetWindowsPwd.iso.
  2. Burn the ISO image on a new CD use your favorite burning software (If you don’t have one, I recommend you use ISO2Disc.) Once the CD is burned successfully, unplug the Live CD from the computer.
  3. Insert the Live CD into your locked computer with a forgotten Windows Server 2003 password. Set the computer BIOS to boot with CD drive as first boot device. After booting from the CD, the computer will load the Windows PE operating system inside the CD drive and open up the Reset Windows Password utility.
  4. Select your Windows SAM registry hive from the drop-down list. The program will perform a complete analysis of the SAM file and display a list of Windows local user accounts inside it. If you’re going to crack the domain admin/user password, click on the “Reset Active Directory Password” option, the program will show you all domain user accounts on your server.
  5. Choose the user account whose password needs to be cracked, and click on “Reset Password” button. It will crack/remove your lost or forgotten password instantly.
  6. Remove the CD and re-boot the system and you should now be able to log on Windows Server 2003 immediately.

The Live CD could also be used to crack lost or forgotten admin/user password on Windows Server 2012/2008/2000. This is probably the most effective, simple piece of software that you have seen around.

How to Remove Windows Startup Password After Forgotten

April 2nd, 2013 by Admin

Forgot your Windows startup password? How to reset or remove it after forgotten? There are several types of startup passwords which could be used to protect a Windows computer: BIOS password, Syskey, Windows user account password. After setting up one of these startup passwords, the computer will prompt you to enter your password each time you start up.

Tired of entering the startup password every time you boot your PC? Or simple forgot your startup password? This article will introduce you to all common options of removing startup password in Windows.

BIOS Password

BIOS is the first program that runs when your computer starts. You can tell the BIOS to ask for a password when it starts, thus restricting access to your computer. BIOS passwords can be added extra layer of security for desktop and laptop computers, and are used to either prevent a user from changing the BIOS settings or to prevent the PC from booting without a password.

Forgetting your BIOS password can lock up the hardware and make the computer completely unusable. Fortunately there are a few known backdoors and software that can be used to bypass or reset the BIOS password on most systems. The BIOS password on desktop computer can be reset by removing the CMOS battery for a few minutes. However, laptop BIOS passwords are stored in a special chip on the motherboard and the only way to recover this password is to using BIOS password cracking utility. Have a look at this article:Recover BIOS/CMOS Password Using Free CMOSPwd Utility.

Syskey Password

As we all know, the Security Accounts Manager (SAM) database has been used by Windows to store password hashes for local user accounts. To make the hashes harder to decrypt, Microsoft introduced SysKey password, an additional layer of obfuscation SysKey which can be enabled in Windows using the SysKey utility. To learn how to enable Syskey, please refer to this article: How to Lock Your Computer with Syskey.

Syskey password can be helpful to prevent hackers from cracking Windows user password. There are no reliable tools that will help brute forcing Syskey password. The Offline NT Password & Registry Editor claims that it can help you disable Syskey startup password but I’ve tried it with no luck. After forgetting your Syskey password, the only feasible option is to do a system restore using a restore point dated before SysKey password was set, or reinstall the operating system.

Windows User Password

Have you ever been locked out of your computer by a forgotten Windows user password? There’s no need to get frustrated. It is relatively easy to bypass this safeguard. Reset Windows Password utility is the well-known software which enables you to remove Windows admin/user password easily by creating a password removal Live CD/USB. It works with almost all versions of Windows, including the latest Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

Reset Lost Admin Password of A Windows Virtual Machine in VMware Fusion

March 31st, 2013 by Admin

I have a Windows 7 virtual machine running under VMware Fusion, but I lost the admin password. Is it possible somehow to reset the password?

Forgot the administrator password of a Windows VMware Fusion image? The best way to avoid this problem is to make a password reset disc ahead of time so that if you forget your password in the future, you can reset your forgotten password easily. But most people, including myself, never make such disk. Here I’ll show you another method which can help you reset lost admin password of any Windows virtual machine running in VMware Fusion.

How to Reset Lost Admin Password of A Windows Virtual Machine in VMware Fusion?

This method of resetting a forgotten Windows password is the most effective that I know of and works in almost any situation. To get started, you will need a tool called Reset Windows Password. The program comes as a bootable ISO image which could be used to boot your locked virtual machine and reset lost admin password easily!

Part 1: Set Your Locked Virtual Machine to Boot from an ISO Image

  1. Download the Reset Windows Password package on your host computer. The download file is in .zip format. Double-click the .zip file to unzip and you’ll get the bootable ISO image file: ResetWindowsPwd.iso.
  2. If your locked virtual machine is turned on, turn it off. From the Settings menu in VWMare Fusion, select “CDs & DVDs”.

    Next click “Use disc image” and select the bootable ISO image you’ve downloaded.

  3. Now we need to set the BIOS of the virtual machine to boot with CD drive as first boot device. As it’s known that the VMWare Fusion BIOS goes by way too fast to give you a chance to access it. To work around this problem, use a text editor to add the following lines to the configuration (.vmx) file of the virtual machine:
    bios.forceSetupOnce = "TRUE"
    bios.bootOrder = "CDROM"

    The next time you boot up the virtual machine, it will automatically boot from the bootable ISO image.

Part 2: Reset Lost Admin Password of Your Windows Virtual Machine

  1. After booting from the ISO image, the virtual machine will load the Windows PE operating system inside the CD image and open up the Reset Windows Password utility.
  2. Select your Windows SAM registry hive from the drop-down list. The program will perform a complete analysis of the SAM file and display a list of Windows local user accounts inside it.

  3. Choose the administrator account and then click on “Reset Password” button. It will reset your VM admin password instantly.
  4. Revert the changes you’ve made in the configuration (.vmx) file of the virtual machine. Turn on the virtual machine and you should now be able to log in to the administrator account with no password.

The steps of resetting Windows password on VMware Fusion’s virtual machine are nearly the same for a physical machine. The only difference is that you need to burn the bootable ISO image to a physical CD or USB drive in order to reset lost admin password on a physical machine.

How Do I Delete Windows Password If I’ve Forgotten It

March 29th, 2013 by Admin

Forgetting Windows password can be a big nag especially if there’s some important data held up in the system which can prevent you from re-installing Windows. In this article, I’ll be providing an easy option that you can try in order to delete your Windows password if you’ve forgotten it.

To get this job done, you will need a tool called Reset Windows Password. Basically, you boot from a CD or USB drive with this tool and delete Windows Password without ever loading your locked-out Windows operating system.

How to Delete Windows Password If I’ve Forgotten It?

These instructions are written assuming a bootable CD is being used, but are essentially the same for a bootable USB flash drive.

  1. Download the bootable disk’s image of Reset Windows Password utility, it comes in a .ZIP file. Unzip the download file and you’ll get the ISO image file: ResetWindowsPwd.iso.
  2. Burn the ISO image on a new CD use your favorite burning software (If you don’t have one, I recommend you use ISO2Disc.) and set the computer BIOS to boot with CD drive as first boot device.
  3. After booting from the CD, the computer will load the Windows PE operating system inside the CD drive and open up the Reset Windows Password utility.
  4. Select your Windows SAM registry hive from the drop-down list. The program will perform a complete analysis of the SAM file and display a list of Windows local user accounts inside it.
  5. Choose the user account whose password needs to be deleted, and click on Reset Password button. It will delete/unlock your lost or forgotten password instantly.
  6. Remove the CD and re-boot the system and you should now be able to logon with no password for that user account.

Conclusion

This method of deleting a forgotten Windows password is the most effective that I know of and works in almost any situation. It works with Windows 8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2012/2008/2003/2000. A word of caution however, if you are running EFS (Encrypted File System), you will need to remember the original administrator password to access any files that were encrypted under that password.

Forgot Windows XP Administrator Password

March 28th, 2013 by Admin

If you ever find yourself in a situation that your Windows XP computer is locked out because you’ve forgotten the administrator password, and you’ve already tried the Safe Mode and it doesn’t work, what else can you do?

Luckily there is a solution that can actually take you away from your frustrations with a password cracking application called Reset Windows Password. This is a great software that allows you to reset Windows XP administrator password even if you’re completely locked out of Windows. Follow this tutorial you can regain access to your computer in minutes.

How to Unlock Your Computer When Forgot Windows XP Administrator Password?

Before you begin the process of password resetting, you’ll first need a different computer with internet access to start your work. You also need a USB stick or a blank CD to make a password reset Live disc that would be used on your locked Windows XP computer.

Step 1: Make a Password Reset Live Disc

Download the self-extracting archive of Reset Windows Password utility on to your alternate computer. Once downloaded, extract the ISO file (ResetWindowsPwd.iso) from the ZIP file. Feel free to do this using the integrated tool in Windows or a dedicated program like WinZip.

Now you need to burn the ISO image file (ResetWindowsPwd.iso) to a CD or USB stick. There are many free burning programs which can do it easily, such as BurnCDCC, ImgBurn, ISO2Dic, etc.

Step 2: Boot Windows XP Computer from the Live Disc

Insert the password reset Live disc into the Windows XP computer that you’re trying to gain access to. Restart the computer and press the appropriate key (also called “BIOS Key”) at the start of the boot-up process – often when the manufacturer’s logo appears on screen – and you’ll be taken to the BIOS Setup screen. Change the boot order in BIOS to set the USB or CD as your first option for boot device and boot the computer from it.

Step 3: Reset Windows XP Administrator Password

Once the locked computer boots from the Live disc, it will load the Windows PE operating system inside the Live disc and open up the Reset Windows Password program. The program automatically finds the Windows XP installations on your hard drive, and analyzes the SAM (Security Accounts Manager) database and displays all Windows user accounts existing in your system.

Just choose the administrator account which you want to do a password reset, and click on “Reset Password” button. It will reset your forgotten Windows XP administrator password immediately!

Conclusion

Forgot Windows XP administrator password? Once you have done everything correct and now restart your computer, you will find that you can easily log into your system and an admin account is listed on the login screen. Select the administrator account and it will lead you to the desktop screen. You can now change your other user account’s passwords as well.

How to Recover Website Passwords Saved in Flock Browser

March 28th, 2013 by Admin

Here we will discuss about how to recover saved passwords in Flock browser. Generally we use different passwords for different websites and the number of passwords keep growing as we make new accounts for different websites. It’s hard to remember all the passwords and also very irritating to type the password again and again, so we use the browser option ‘Remember my password’ feature on most of the websites, but then it’s easy to forget what the password is.

Luckily there is a awesome utility called Password Recovery Bundle which can help you recover all saved logins and passwords from Flock browser. Just a few mouse clicks and your passwords will be revealed immediately!

How to Recover Website Passwords Saved in Flock Browser?

  1. Download and install Password Recovery Bundle 2013 on your local computer.
  2. Start Password Recovery Bundle program and click on Start Recovery button. The program will display a long list of password recovery options.
  3. Choose the Flock Password option from the list, the program will search all user profiles in Flock and retrieve website passwords saved in Flock in just a matter of seconds!

Besides, Password Recovery Bundle can also help you recover saved passwords from every known browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Chrome. It should be the most powerful password recovery toolkit you’ve never seen!

A Simple Way to Reveal Passwords Behind Asterisks

March 27th, 2013 by Admin

Almost all applications show us an option to save the password when logging into a user account. Sometimes, In case of home computers, people like me usually save passwords for quicker login, because they are too lazy to type the password again and again. However, in situations that require you to know what lies behind those asterisks in case you forget the password after sometime, we’ve got a simple trick to reveal passwords behind asterisks from almost every known email client, instant messenger, ftp client or other applications.

Asterisk Password Recovery is an awesome utility which allows you to reveal passwords behind asterisks in the password field of almost any Windows application or web browser.

How to Reveal Passwords Behind Asterisks?

To demonstrate how to reveal passwords behind asterisks, we’ll take MS Outlook as an example. To use the Asterisk Password Recovery program, simply download the software and install it on your computer, and run the software.

Now open the Outlook application and open the account settings, of the account you want to reveal the password. Now click on the circle icon of the asterisk password recovery software and then holding the click drag it to the password field and you can see the password revealed. You can also use it for some other similar software which saves the password natively in windows.

Conclusion

We have the tendency to hit the “Remember Me” option save our login passwords for easy access. After a while, it’s possible that we’d forget what the password was. This quick tip will be useful to help you reveal passwords behind asterisks.

How to Recover Logins and Passwords Stored in SeaMonkey

March 26th, 2013 by Admin

SeaMonkey is not only a great web browser but also a fully featured and powerful email client. Just like other browser SeaMonkey has also the feature which allows you to save and store password on browser to auto login your favorite websites. If you forgot your logins and passwords in SeaMonkey, you can recover them easily with Firefox Password Recovery program.

Firefox Password Recovery program enables you to recover website logins and email account passwords from SeaMonkey’s password manager. This should be useful in the event that your SeaMonkey browser is crashed or you simply forget your passwords. Let’s go ahead!

How to Recover Logins and Passwords Stored in SeaMonkey?

  1. Download and install Firefox Password Recovery program on your local computer.
  2. After installing, launch Firefox Password Recovery program.
  3. Click on Start Recovery button, it will show a list of recovery options from the drop-down menu.
  4. Choose the Recover SeaMonkey Password option, the program automatically finds the user profiles of SeaMonkey and decrypts all the logins and passwords saved in SeaMonkey application.

Firefox Password Recovery program is very easy to use with user-friendly interface without requiring any advanced technical know how. It also allows you to save your logins and passwords to a file or clipboard. So from now there is no need to fear about losing SeaMonkey passwords! With Firefox Password Recovery program you can recover SeaMonkey password quickly and easily!

How to Reset Lost Mac OS X Password without an Install Disk

March 20th, 2013 by Admin

Forgot your Mac admin password? Or maybe you purchased a used Mac from someone else and they’ve got it locked down? There are numerous ways to reset lost or forgotten Mac OS X password. In my previous post we’ve covered how to reset Mac OS X password with a installation CD. If you’ve forgotten your Mac password and you don’t have an install CD laying around, there’s no need to worry! There are still a few options to reset your lost Mac OS X password easily without an install disk.

Option 1: Reset 10.5 Leopard & 10.6 Snow Leopard password

  1. Power on or restart your Mac.
  2. At the chime (or grey screen if your chime is turned off), hold down Command+S on your keyboard to enter single-user mode.
  3. This step is optional, but it’s a good idea because it checks the consistency of the hard disk before moving on. At the prompt, type fsck -fy and press Enter/Return. Wait for the checks to complete before going to the next step.
  4. Type mount -uw / and press Enter.
  5. Type launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.DirectoryServices.plist and press Enter.
  6. Type ls /Users and press Enter. This lists all of the usernames on the computer – helpful if you don’t know or remember what these are.
  7. Type dscl . -passwd /Users/username password and replace “username” with one of the users displayed in the previous step. Replace “password” with a new password of your choice. Press Enter.
  8. Type reboot and press Enter.

Option 2: Reset 10.4 Tiger password

  1. Power on or restart your Mac.
  2. At the chime (or grey screen if your chime is turned off), hold down Command+S on your keyboard to enter single-user mode.
  3. Type sh /etc/rc and press Enter/Return.
  4. Type passwd username and replace “username” with the short name of the user account for which you’d like to reset the password.
  5. Type your desired password and press Enter. It won’t show itself on the screen, so be careful what you type. You will most likely have to enter it again to confirm.
  6. Type reboot and press Enter.

Option 3: Create a New User Account

This will create a new account, but all of your documents, pictures and everything will not be accessible.

  1. Power on or restart your Mac (should work for any Mac OS X system).
  2. At the chime (or grey screen if your chime is turned off), hold down Command+S on your keyboard to enter single-user mode.
  3. This step is optional, but it’s a good idea because it checks the consistency of the hard disk before moving on. At the prompt, type fsck -fy and press Enter/Return. Wait for the checks to complete before going to the next step.
  4. Type mount -uw / and press Enter.
  5. Type rm /var/db/.AppleSetupDone and press Enter.
  6. Type shutdown -h now and press Enter.

Although the above options will allow you to reset your own Mac password, it also means that others with physical access to your Mac will also be able to use them for accessing your information. To further protect your Mac, you should set an Open Firmware password using Apple’s utility.