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How to Change Product Key After Installing Windows 7 or Vista

August 18th, 2012 by Admin

Do you need to change Windows product key so you can activate Windows 7 or Windows Vista properly? Sometimes, users are required to change or re-enter the product keys in Windows 7 or Windows Vista to solve and fix activation problems, or after buying a genuine license for Windows operating system, it’s necessary to reactivate Windows. This article shows you 2 methods to change or re-enter product key that already installed in the system.

Method 1: Manual

  1. Right click on My Computer and select Properties.
  2. Wait a second for windows activation details to get populated.

  3. Click on Change Product key link after your Windows activation details are populated.
  4. Enter new product key and click on next to activate your Windows 7 or Vista.

Method 2: Command Prompt

  1. Click on start and type command (cmd) with run as administrator option
  2. Now type following command:
    “slmgr.vbs -ipk <insert your product key here>”
  3. To activate windows after changing the key, run “slmgr.vbs -ato”

If you misplace or lost your Windows product key, you can recover Windows product keys for your local computer using Product Key Finder program.

How to Reset MySQL Root Password

August 18th, 2012 by Admin

Forgot your MySQL root user password? Don’t worry. We are here for rescue.

When you tried to login to root without entering a password, you may get ‘Access Denied’ message, as MySQL is expecting a password. This article explains how to reset MySQL root password when you don’t remember your old one.

How to Reset MySQL Root Password:

Step 1: Stop the MySQL service by going to Control Panel, Administrative Tools and Services. Right-click on the service and choose Stop.

Step 2: Create a new text file and copy and paste the following lines into it:

UPDATE mysql.user SET Password=PASSWORD('MyNewPass') WHERE User='root';
FLUSH PRIVILEGES;

Make sure to change the password “MyNewPass” to whatever password you want to replace the current one with. Now save the file and give it a name like C:\mysql-init.txt or whatever you like.

Step 3: Now go to the command prompt and type in the following command:

C:\> C:\mysql\bin\mysqld-nt --init-file=C:\mysql-init.txt

In my case, I had to change the path to something different than C:\mysql\bin. If you installed MySQL using the installation wizard, which I did, you have to use a different command:

C:\> "C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.0\bin\mysqld-nt.exe"
         --defaults-file="C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.0\my.ini"
         --init-file=C:\mysql-init.txt

So what is the path for your defaults-file? You can get the exact value by going to the Services dialog again and right-clicking on MySQL and choosing Properties. The box that says “Path to executable” has the value for defaults-file.

At this step, I ran into an error. Every time I would try to execute the command, I would end up getting an error message and the password would not be reset.

InnoDB: Operating system error number 32 in a file operation.
InnoDB: The error means that another program is using InnoDB’s files.
InnoDB: This might be a backup or antivirus software or another instance
InnoDB: of MySQL. Please close it to get rid of this error.

In my case, I have to go to the Task Manager and click on the Processes tab. Here I found that I already had several instances of MySQL running! I don’t know why or how they were started, but even with the service stopped, there were processes running.

I killed off all the processes and ran the command again, which worked perfectly.

Step 4: Go back to the Services window and restart the MySQL service. You should now be able to log into the MySQL database! Enjoy!

How to Reset Windows 7 Admin Password If You Forgot It

August 17th, 2012 by Admin

Forgot Windows 7 admin password and how to reset it? This problems happens more often than we would think! It could be for all sorts of reasons, including:

  • You reset a new password for your Administrator account but you don’t remember it.
  • You don’t use your computer for a long time and forget the password you had set.
  • Someone sneaks into your computer and change your administrator password.

With Microsoft’s improved security over the last few years, it became more difficult to reset Windows 7 administrator password. However, there are still several ways to get around it and I am bringing you one of the easiest ways to reset Windows 7 admin password if you forgot it.

Reset Windows Password is the powerful password recovery software which could help you reset Windows 7 admin password easily. The program runs from a boot CD or USB drive and allows you to reset forgotten administrator password instantly. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Create a Windows Password Reset CD

  1. To prepare for the password-resetting procedure, you need another computer to connect to the Internet, download the Reset Windows Password utility.
  2. Unzip the download file which contains an ISO image file: ResetWindowsPwd.iso.
  3. Next, burn the ISO image to a CD/DVD with any CD burning software such as BurnCDCC. A Windows password reset disk will be ready in one or two minutes.

Step 2: Boot Your Locked PC from the Password Reset CD

  1. Now that you’ve prepared the Windows password reset CD, go to the computer for which you have forgotten the password.
  2. Insert the Windows password reset CD and turn on the computer.
  3. When it is powered on, check the boot-screen for setup key (i.e. DELETE key, F8 key, F2 key) to enter BIOS Setup Utility.
  4. Change its BIOS settings to make it try to boot from the CD first.

Step 3: Reset Windows 7 Admin Password

  1. Once you have configured the BIOS correctly, your computer will boot from the Windows password reset CD.
  2. After a while, the boot CD will launch the Reset Windows Password program.
  3. Choose the SAM registry hive from the list, the program will display a list of Windows user accounts on the computer.
  4. Select the administrator account whose password you forgot, then click Reset Password button.
  5. It will reset your forgotten Windows 7 admin password in no time.

Now take out the password reset CD and reboot your computer. You can then log on Windows 7 as administrator account without be asking for a password.This method is very useful when you forgot Windows 7 admin password and the operating system is inaccessible.

Remove PDF Security for Printing,Editing and Copying

August 17th, 2012 by Admin

In the world of electronic documents and paperless offices, the PDF(Portable Document Format) has become an essential document format. For security reasons, users like to keep the originality of the PDF documents. They would apply security settings or add passwords to impose some restrictions such as preventing users from printing, modifying, editing, copying, etc. But it can also cause problems if you forgot the PDF password you set on your own PDF document, then how can you remove PDF security?

In this guide we’ll show you how to remove PDF security from any protected PDF document and make it available for printing, editing and copying. Follow the steps below you can remove PDF security restrictions without knowing the original password:

  1. Download and install PDF Password Recovery software on your computer.
  2. Run PDF Password Recovery program, then click the button to select your password-protected PDF document (*.pdf), then choose the Remove Owner Password option.PDF Password Recovery
  3. Click the Next button.
  4. Immediately the tool will decrypt the owner password and remove the security restrictions imposed on it, and a new non-protected copy will be created. You will then be allowed to print, copy, modify the decrypted PDF document without even knowing the password.Remove PDF Owner Password

Now you’ve successfully removed PDF security! Enjoy!

How to Use Parental Controls in Windows 7

August 16th, 2012 by Admin

Windows 7 has built-in parental controls that allows you to control certain aspects of your computer. This is ideal if you don’t want your children accessing certain programs or more importantly don’t want them to access to computer as certain times, such as at night when the computer is in their room.

Windows 7 Parental Controls is easy to setup and you can use it to limit how much computer time children have, as well as which programs and games they can use. So let’s look at how you can setup Windows 7 Parental Controls.

How To Use Parental Controls in Windows 7?

To access Parental Controls open the Start Menu and type parental controls into the Search box and hit Enter.

Next select the account that you want to setup parental controls on. In our screenshot we have selected Test. Remember that the account has to be a standard account and not an administrator account.

Under Parental Controls mark the radio button next to On, enforce current settings. Then you can go through and control their computer time, games, and programs.

Option 1: Set Time Limits

Once you have clicked on time limits you are presented with a grid with days and times as in the image below. This grid allows you to select when access will be allowed or blocked to the account.

Option 2:Control Games
Click on Games to control the type of access your child has to games on the computer. You can completely block all games or select games by ratings and game names. These game ratings are based on the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

Option 3:Control Programs

If you want to restrict certain programs on the machine, click on Allow and block specified programs then scroll through the list of installed programs and block them.

That’s it. The user account is now configured to use Windows 7 Parental Controls. To modify or change these settings the user will need to know the administrator password to change settings. So you need to make sure to password protect your administrator account, otherwise anyone can turn off Parental Controls and use the computer with no restrictions.

How to Remove Administrator Password on Windows 7

August 15th, 2012 by Admin

Forgot the administrator password on your Windows 7 laptop? Or bought a second-hand computer with unknown password? Tried infinite Windows password to login but still no success with any password? How to remove the administrator password without reinstalling Windows 7?

In this guide I’ll show you the easiest way to remove administrator password on Windows 7 if you’ve forgotten the password. No matter if you have a 32-bit or a 64-bit Windows 7 system, you will still be able to remove forgotten Windows 7 administrator password immediately.

How to Remove Administrator Password on Windows 7?

First, you need another computer to connect to the Internet and create a password reset disk. Reset Windows Password utility is a powerful recovery software which enables you to remove forgotten Windows admin/user password easily. The software comes as an ISO image file. Burn the ISO image to a CD or USB drive with ISO2Disc and it’s the password reset disk we’ll used later.

Insert the password reset disk into your computer with a forgotten/unknown admin password. Turn on the computer and go into BIOS, change the boot device order temporarily so your computer will boot from the password reset disk.

Once you’ve configured the BIOS correctly, Power on the computer and it should then boot from the password reset disk now. After one or two minutes, the password reset disk will launch the Reset Windows Password utility.

Select the Windows SAM database from the drop-down list, the program will analyze that file and show all Windows user accounts inside your Windows 7 system.

Choose the administrator account whose password you need to remove, then click Reset Password button and it will remove your forgotten/unknown administrator password instantly.

Remove the password reset disk and restart the computer. Let the password field as blank when you log on as administrator account, the system will allow you to login without any hassle. It’s so simple to remove forgotten administrator password on Windows 7. No need to call someone for help in case you forgot Windows 7 password.

How to Find HomeGroup Password in Windows 7

August 15th, 2012 by Admin

Have you ever used the HomeGroup feature in Windows 7? It’s a great way to share files and printers between all your Windows 7 computers. To setup a new computer into your HomeGroup, you need to know the HomeGroup password. If you have forgotten your HomeGroup password then there is no need to worry as Windows 7 gives an option to view HomeGroup password. To get into the way to find HomeGroup password in Windows 7, follow the steps:

Click on Start button and type HomeGroup in search box, click HomeGroup from search results.

Under “Other homegroup actions” options, you’ll see the “View or print homegroup password” link.

Click on the “View or print homegroup password” link, this will find your HomeGroup password immediately.

Lastly, remember in order to make HomeGroup to work you need at least two or more computers that are connected in the same network. Once you find out the password, type the password in another computer and you’ll see a list of users that are currently in your HomeGroup. Depending on the settings you set to share which folder you can now easily access files between others.

How to Reset Admin Password on Virtual Machine

August 13th, 2012 by Admin

I have presently created a Windows XP virtual machine as well as have been making use of it with no troubles. Today when I start my computer, it asked me for an administrator password. I suppose that I did not set up since I have not at all asked for it prior to. How can I reset the password or else do I require to rebuild a new machine? Can I make use of a password reset utility? Thanks in advance for any assist.

I was given a Virtual PC file which belongs to a worker who left our business. The Virtual PC has vital files and data. I started up the request in Microsoft Virtual PC 2007, however cannot logon for the reason that we do not be acquainted with any user names or passwords for the machine. How be I able to reset the Administrator password on the virtual machine?

Actually, resetting admin password on a virtual machine is the same process as resetting one from a physical machine, if you have created a Windows password reset CD. Most virtual machine software like VirtualBox, MS Virtual PC, Parallels, VMware etc, provides the feature of booting virtual machine from physical CD and ISO image. So you can let your virtual machine boot from Windows password reset CD and reset your forgotten admin password easily. It’s more convenient that you can also boot from ISO image to reset Windows password, without having to physically burn a password reset CD.

To reset admin password on virtual machine running inside VMware Workstation, please refer to this guide:
How to Reset VMware Administrator Password

To reset admin password on virtual machine running inside Microsoft Virtual PC, please refer to this guide:
How to Reset Virtual PC Password

To reset admin password for virtual machine in VirtualBox, please refer to this guide:
How to Reset VirtualBox Password

To reset admin password for Parallels virtual machine, please refer to this guide:
How to Reset Lost Windows 8/7/Vista/XP Password for Parallels Virtual Machine

To reset Windows domain admin password on virtual machine, please refer to this guide:
How to Reset Windows Domain Password

Mount ISO Image to Virtual CD/DVD Drive

August 13th, 2012 by Admin

Mounting ISO images in your OS is a great way for you to view and run the content of the disk image without having to burn it into a CD/DVD. While Mac and Linux come with native support to mount ISO images in the system, Windows, regardless which version you are using, doesn’t come with this feature. In this article, we will show you how to mount ISO image file in your Windows at a price of free.

If you are one of those who do not have a CD / DVD burner or do not want to burn the image on a CD / DVD, you can still access the files inside the ISO image by mounting the ISO image to virtual CD/DVD drive with MagicDisc. It works and behaves just like a physical CD / DVD drive.

MagicDisc is a freeware that allows you to mount ISO files as a virtual CD or DVD drive.

You can mount up to 15 virtual CD / DVD drives using MagicDisc. In addition to this you can also create a image file (ISO) from a existing CD or DVD. Usage is pretty simple. Once you have installed the software. It will show up as a tray icon.

Right clicking on the icon will load a new menu using which you can mount or unmount and image files as a virtual CD / DVD drive. Selecting the virtual drive will show you options to mount or unmount the drive.

Clicking on mount will open a file dialog from where you can choose the image file and mount it as a virtual drive and will appear in your Windows Explorer. You can then install the software or copy the files inside the  mounted drive. Once you have finished use of the mounted drive you can simply click on the Unmount option to unmount the drive.

This is a very useful software as it supports many different types of image files along with supporting the default ISO files

  • BIN (CDRWin)
  • IMA/IMG (Generic disk images)
  • CIF (Easy CD Creator)
  • NRG (Nero – Burning ROM)
  • IMG/CCD (CloneCD)
  • MDF/MDS (Fantom CD)
  • VCD (Farstone Virtual Drive)
  • VaporCD (Noum Vapor CDROM)
  • P01/MD1/XA (Gear)
  • VC4/000 (Virtual CD)
  • VDI (Virtuo CD Manager)
  • C2D (WinOnCD)
  • BWI/BWT (BlinkWrite)
  • CDI (DiscJuggler)
  • TAO/DAO (Duplicator)
  • PDI (Instant Copy)

MagicDisc will work on Windows  7/Vista/XP.