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How to Reset Forgotten Windows Password with Ease

August 10th, 2012 by Admin

There may be times when you may have forgotten your Windows passwords and are unable to login to your PC, this can cause huge frustrations, if you do not have any other users on the PC, or do not have access to the administration account.

The most dire consequences of forgetting your password could be reformatting and reinstalling your OS, however there is a way in which you can reset lost Windows passwords for your computer. In this article, I’ll walk you through the steps of using a password reset CD to reset forgotten Windows password with ease.

How to reset forgotten Windows password? The procedure can be divided into 3 steps:

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 Forgotten Windows 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 user account whose password you forgot, then click Reset Password button.
  5. It will reset your forgotten Windows password in no time.

You’ve done! Eject the password reset CD and restart your computer, you can then log in to Windows system without entering a password. With the password reset CD you can reset forgotten Windows password on Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP and Windows Server 2008, 2003 and 2000. It also supports 64-bit operating system.

How to Show Asterisk Password Easily

August 10th, 2012 by Admin

Recently one of my friends had a problem, where he had forgotten his Yahoo password and could not remember the answer to his secret question he signed up for the email account with, this was a huge problem for him since he had all his friends and contacts in Yahoo address book.

Luckily for us, he had saved his login and password in MS Outlook, which gave us the only hope of recovering the password with Asterisk Password Recovery.

Asterisk Password Recovery is a handy asterisk password viewer which allows you to penetrate the asterisks used to hide the passwords and show the actual passwords.

Once you have installed the software, you can view password hidden behind asterisk characters by drag the view icon to the password field.If you are logged into a messenger application, you will need to log out so you can see the login window with asterisk characters for you to view the password.

Asterisk Password Recovery can be used to show asterisk passwords from Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Digsby, AIM, Outlook, Outlook Express or for that matter any desktop tool or web browser which allows you to store your password. A definite must have utility if you are someone who keeps forgetting your password all the time.

How to Enable or Disable Fast Startup in Windows 8

August 8th, 2012 by Admin

Here is complete step-by-step tutorial about how to enable or disable Fast Startup in Windows 8. One of the most attractive features that Microsoft has provided in its newly built Windows 8 OS is the speed at which it starts and shuts the system down. Yup…in a single blink of eyes, you will find that the system has been restarted. The reason behind this is the fact that Windows 8 does not shut down completely. In fact, it saves the current state of your system to disk so that it can resume quickly, the next time you start your Windows 8 PC.

However, there are people who prefer to start their system completely fresh on restarting or rebooting, then this tutorial is definitely for them. The tutorial will let you learn how to disable “Fast Startup” in Windows 8. Well, let me clear it out, you can then enable it, in case you do not like the Windows 8 restarting like the prior versions of Windows. Now, let’s get started with the step-by-step tutorial on how to enable or disable “Fast Startup” in Windows 8 below:

How To Enable Or Disable Fast Startup In Windows 8:

  1. Right click on Desktop and select Personalize.

  2. Click on Display in the right pane.
  3. Then click on Adjust brightness in Display window.
  4. Then click on Choose what the power buttons do.
  5. Now in the System Settings window, click Change settings that are currently unavailable.

  6. Finally look for Turn on fast start up, it should be checked by default. Uncheck if you do not want Windows to have fast start up. That’s it.

You’re done! To perform the above operation, you need to log on your computer as administrator.

How to Erase Windows Password When You Forgot It

August 7th, 2012 by Admin

I gave my father my old HP computer. He tried to set it up. I thought that I erased the need for a password, but it keeps asking for a password. I know repair workers can bypass and erase passwords. How can I do this to allow my father access to my old computer?

You’ve probably landed on this page while looking to find out how to erase Windows password. Whether you’ve simply forgotten your password, or you want to help your friends or colleagues to erase Windows password, I’m going to show you a really easy way to help you erase Windows password when you forgot it.

You only need to create a Windows password reset disk, then use it to boot your locked computer and it can help you erase Windows password in just a few mouse clicks! Let’s go on the detail steps:

Step 1: Create a Windows Password Reset Disk

  1. To prepare for the password-erasing 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 or USB flash drive with ISO2Disc software. A Windows password reset disk will be ready in one or two minutes.

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

  1. Now that you’ve prepared the Windows password reset disk, go to the computer for which you have forgotten the password.
  2. Insert the Windows password reset disk 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 or USB first.

Step 3: Erase Windows Password

  1. Once you have configured the BIOS correctly, your computer will boot from the Windows password reset disk.
  2. After a while, the boot disk 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 user account whose password you want erase, then click Reset Password button.
  5. It will erase the forgotten Windows password in no time.

Now you are done! Remove the Windows password reset disk and restart the computer. It should start as usual now, displaying the Windows logo, and finally showing the Windows login screen. Just click on your login icon (if it asks for a password, leave it blank) and you should enter Windows without the password! Now you can open Windows Control Panel to create a new password for your account. Take care to remember it this time, or you would have to go through this procedure again.

How to Unlock and Remove PDF Restrictions

August 7th, 2012 by Admin

I have encrypted my important PDF document so that no one can modify it without the owner password long ago. Now I want to print it but I am unable to recall the password I have set. So can anybody please suggest what should I do?

Are you encountering the similar problem and looking for a way to remove the security restrictions on copying, editing and printing? As we all know, a PDF file could be protected with an owner password, which can prevent others from copying, editing or printing. This feature helps a lot to protect the copyright. However, it may also cause some annoying troubles when you forgot the password to your own PDF document.

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to unlock and remove PDF restrictions with PDF Password Recovery program.

  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. The program will instantly decrypt your PDF file and save the decrypted file to the same folder with the original file. “_decrypted” ending is added to the decrypted file.Remove PDF Owner Password

Now you can open the decrypted PDF file without any restriction. PDF Password Recovery is extremely easy to use with its clear and user-friendly GUI interface. Any computer user can use it to unlock and remove PDF restrictions easily.

How to Recover Wireless Password on Windows 8, 7

August 6th, 2012 by Admin

I have a home wireless network and forgot my wireless password. My computer will still connect to the network, but I want to set up additional computers. Using the computer that is already set up and connected, can I somehow figure out what the wireless password is? Some detailed instruction would be helpful.

Forgot the password to your house wireless network? I have covered how to recover lost Wireless network key with WirelessKeyView in my previous post. Now I am going to show you how to recover Wireless password without using any software. In Windows 7/8, it becomes much more easier to recover a lost Wireless password. Let’s go through the steps below and see how can you recover Wireless password easily.

How to Recover Wireless Password on Windows 8, 7:

  1. To recover your wireless password we need to get to the settings for your network adapter, so press the Win + R keyboard combination and type ncpa.cpl in the run box, then hit the enter key.

  2. You will now see all the network adapters in your machine, right-click on the wireless one and select Status from the context menu.
  3. When the Wi-Fi Status dialog loads up, click on the Wireless Propertiesbutton.

  4. Then you will need to switch over to the Security tab. Finally, check the Show characterscheckbox to reveal your password.

  5. That’s all there is to it.

 Note: This trick will only work if you are the local administrator on your machine, otherwise you will be prompted by UAC for administrative credentials.  If you forgot the administrator password, you can use the Reset Windows Password utility to help you reset lost or forgotten Windows password with ease.

How to Reset SQL Server SA Password if You Forgot it

August 5th, 2012 by Admin

I have a local install of SQL Server Express that I haven’t touched in months. Now I need to use it, and I’ve forgotten the SA password. I have tried using SQL Server Management Studio, I have done Single User Mode with SQL Server and used sqlcmd, they all tell me I don’t have permissions for it. I’m afraid that even reinstalling SQL Server Express isn’t going to fix this for me. Does anyone know of any other method to reset the SA password?

Forgot the password of SA account on your SQL Server? You may lost the SA password on a machine, and when you log in to the machine directly using an account in the admin group, SQL Server Management Studio still doesn’t allow you to log in using Windows authentication. So how to reset forgotten SA password if you can’t connect via Windows Authentication?

In this tutorial we’ll show you an easy way to reset SQL Server SA password with SQL Server Password Changer, if you forgot the password and can’t connect to your SQL Server database. The password resetting procedure is simple and you can reset SA password in just a few mouse clicks!

How to Reset SQL Server SA Password if You Forgot it:

  1. Download SQL Server Password Changer on your local PC, install and launch it.
  2. Click the Open File button. Select the SQL Server master database file (master.mdf). Typically it is located in the folder: C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data.Select the SQL Server master database file
  3. The program will automatically decrypt the master database file and display all user accounts in your SQL Server. Select the SA account, click the Change Password button. Type a new password and click OK.SQL Server Password Recovery
  4. The old password will be replaced with your new password. Now you are able to log into the SA account using your new password.

Now you’ve completed the task of resetting SQL Server SA password. No need to worry about forgetting SA password! With SQL Server Password Changer you can reset SQL Server SA password quickly and easily.

How to Remove Windows 7 Password in A Short Time

August 4th, 2012 by Admin

Have you ever experienced that you have forgotten your Windows 7 password? Well that is a terrible experience. Because you might need to do school work or have an important email to send and you can’t access your computer. But there is hope. You can remove Windows 7 password in a short time.

You may think it’s impossible to remove Windows 7 password because you lost the password and couldn’t log into the computer and do anything. That really doesn’t matter. You can use create a password reset bootdisk on another computer, then use it to boot your locked computer. The bootdisk enables you to remove Windows 7 password quickly and easily.

How to Remove Windows 7 Password in A Short Time:

  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 reset 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 reset 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 reset bootdisk. After one or two minutes the bootdisk will launch the Reset Windows Password utility. Choose the user account whose password you want to remove, and then click Reset Password button. The program will remove your forgotten Windows 7 password instantly.
  4. Now remove the password reset bootdisk and restart the computer, you can then quickly log on Windows 7 system without being asked for a password.

The password reset bootdisk can save you lots of time and frustration! You can also take precautionary steps to create such a bootdisk so you can use it to remove Windows 7 password in case you forgot Windows 7 password next time.

Forgot Windows Password on Your Old Laptop?

August 3rd, 2012 by Admin

Is there anyway to recover, or wipe out, or get past the login screen for Windows XP? I have an old laptop, haven’t used it in 4 years, and want to clean it up and donate – but I can’t remember the login password.

Forgot the administrator password on your old laptop? Just bought an old Dell laptop but didn’t know the Windows password? How to regain use of the laptop without reinstalling the system if you have no idea idea what the password is? In this tutorial I’ll show you how to reset lost or forgotten Windows password on your old laptop.

How to Reset Forgotten Windows Password on Your Old Laptop:

  1. Before the work, prepare a blank CD/DVD. Then install and run Password Recovery Bundle on another accessible computer. Click Windows Password button to bring up the ISO burning dialog, then burn the default ISO image onto your CD.
  2. Insert the CD into your old laptop. Set the laptop to boot from the CD.
  3. Restart the laptop, it will start to boot from the CD. After a while, your laptop will launch the Reset Windows Password program. The software automatically detects the Windows SAM registry hive and show a list of user accounts existing on your laptop.

  4. Choose the user account whose password you already forgot, then click Reset Password button to reset your forgotten laptop password.
  5. Remove the CD and restart your computer.

Now you should be able to log on your laptop without entering a password. If you laptop doesn’t have CD-ROM drive, Password Recovery Bundle also enables you to create a Windows password reset USB drive and you can reset your laptop password using the same method above. This guide can help you reset forgotten Windows 7/Vista/XP/2003/2000 password on all brands laptop.