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PCUnlocker: The First Password Cracking Software with Windows 10 Support

October 4th, 2014 by Admin

Just three days ago Microsoft announced Windows 10 Technical Preview, the successor to Windows 8.1. The download is available through the Windows Insider Program website in both 64-bit and 32-bit flavors, weighing in at around 3-4GB for each edition.

Once you’ve signed up for the Windows Insider Program, you can then download the ISO image of Windows 10 Technical Preview for free. For testing purpose, I installed Windows 10 in a VMware virtual machine and then set up both a local account and a Microsoft account as the login methods. The most exciting thing is that PCUnlocker works flawlessly with Windows 10, which can successfully reset both local account password and Microsoft account password without data loss!

And for now, PCUnlocker v3.2 should be the first password cracking software which supports Windows 10 Technical Preview! If you are a registered user of previous versions of PCUnlocker, just tell us your order number and we’ll send you the latest version v3.2 for absolutely FREE!

Have any questions, ideas, suggestions? Do not hesitate to comment here or contact our customer support team.

3 Options to Disable “Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to Log on” in Windows

August 19th, 2014 by Admin

How to bypass the Ctrl+Alt+Del logon prompt? One way of adding an additional layer of security to your computer is by enabling secure logon. By enabling secure logon, users are required to press Ctrl+Alt+Del before they can enter their credentials and log on. However, if you’re tried of pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del every time you turn on the computer, there are 3 easy options to disable the secure logon.

Option 1: Disable Secure Logon in the User Accounts Applet

  1. Press Windows key + R to bring up the Run box. Type netplwiz or Control Userpasswords2 and press Enter.
  2. When the User Accounts applet opens, click on Advanced tab.

    secure-logon

  3. Uncheck the Require users to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete checkbox. Click OK. The next time you start the computer it will boot directly to the login credential dialog box, without prompting your to press Ctrl+Alt+Del.

Option 2: Disable Secure Logon through Group Policy

  1. Press Windows key + R to bring up the Run box. Type secpol.msc and press Enter to open the Local Security Policy Editor.
  2. Navigate to Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options.
  3. In the right pane, double click on Interactive logon: Do not require CTRL+ALT+DEL.
  4. Select and set the radio button of Enabled.

    disable-ctrl-alt-del

  5. Save the policy change by clicking OK.

Option 3: Disable Secure Logon through Windows Registry

  1. Press Windows key + R to bring up the Run box. Type regedit and press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  2. In the left pane of Registry Editor, navigate to the following key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

  3. You should see a DWORD (32-bit) entry named DisableCAD in the right pane. Double-click it and change its value from 0 to 1.

    DisableCAD

  4. Close Registry Editor and you’re done!

How to Get F8 Key to Work Again for Safe Mode in Windows 10 and 8

June 13th, 2013 by Admin

If you’re running Windows 7/Vista/XP, just press F8 key while your computer is booting up and you can boot into Safe Mode easily. However, the F8 key doesn’t work in Windows 10 and 8. In my previous post I’ve covered another way to boot Windows 8 into Safe Mode, but the method is still not as convenient as F8 key. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to get F8 key to work again for Safe Mode in Windows 10 and 8.

How to Get F8 Key to Work Again for Safe Mode in Windows 10 / 8?

After getting into Windows 10 / 8, press Windows + X key combinations to bring up the Power User Menu. Click on Command Prompt (Admin) option. It will launch a command prompt which runs with administrator privileges.

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To get that classic F8 key to work again we need to restore the legacy boot menu policy. When the command prompt opens, run the following command:

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy legacy

That’s all there is to it. Now restart your computer. Press F8 key during Windows startup, you will see the Advanced Boot Options menu from which you can select Safe Mode.

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If you want to disable the legacy boot menu again, simply run this command at the Command Prompt:

bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard

How to Bring Back the Delete Confirmation Dialog Box in Windows 8 / 10

June 10th, 2013 by Admin

If you’ve moved to Windows 8 or Windows 10, you will soon find out that Windows 8/10 no longer asks you to confirm the deletion of file or folder. When you select a file or folder and hit Delete key, it will be moved to the Recycle Bin right away without any confirmation. This might cause data loss if you accidentally delete some important files. Luckily, there is an easy way to bring Windows 8/10 file/folder delete confirmation dialog box back.

How to Enable the Delete Confirmation Dialog Box in Windows 8/10?

Right-click on the Recycle Bin icon on Desktop, and choose Properties. (If the Recycle Bin icon is hidden from your desktop, right-click anywhere on the desktop and choose Personalize from the pop-up menu. Click the option to change desktop icons. Select the radio box representing the Recycle Bin and click OK.)

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In the Recycle Bin Properties window, check the box next to the Display delete confirmation dialog option. Click OK to save the setting. Now, when you delete a file or a folder, the delete confirmation dialog box will appear.

That’s all there is to it, remember if you want to delete something without just sending it to the Recycle Bin you can always use the Shift + Delete key combination.

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.

How to Enable Remote Desktop in Windows 8 / 10

February 17th, 2013 by Admin

Remote Desktop is a handy feature incorporated since Windows XP which allows you to control your computer remotely. But this feature is disabled by default. In this post, I’ll walk you through the steps to enable remote desktop in Windows 8 / 10, so you can then connect to your Windows 8 / 10 machine from a remote computer.

Part 1: Enable Remote Desktop in Windows 10

  1. Press the Windows + I key combination to open the Settings app. Click on the System category.

  2. Choose the Remote Desktop tab. On the right pane, toggle the “Enable Remote Desktop” option to On.

Part 2: Enable Remote Desktop in Windows 8

  1. Press Windows + R key combination to bring the Run command box. Type in SystemPropertiesRemote.exe and press Enter.

  2. This will bring up the System Properties screen. Select Allow remote connections to this computer and click OK.

To access your Windows 8 / 10 computer remotely, type in mstsc in the Run command box from a remote computer and hit Enter.

That’s all! The procedure is pretty much the same as it’s been for older versions of Windows. If there’re any issues, please check if remote desktop is blocked by Windows Firewall. Go to Control Panel and click on Windows Firewall. Click on Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall and then scroll down until you see Remote Desktop. Make sure the box is checked.

3 Options to Access UEFI BIOS Setup in Windows 8 / 10

December 30th, 2012 by Admin

On Windows 10 or 8 operating systems that came pre-installed on the computer from the factory, the legacy BIOS has been replaced by UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface). This will cause the problem that bootable media from previous versions of Windows may not be recognized in Windows 10 / 8 computer. To resolve this problem, you need to switch your BIOS mode from UEFI BIOS to Legacy BIOS. No doing so would prevent the installation of Linux, Windows 7, or any other OS.

In this tutorial we’ll show you 3 ways to access UEFI BIOS Setup, even if you couldn’t login to Windows 10 or 8.

Option 1: Access UEFI BIOS Setup After Logging in to Windows 10/8

In previous post, we’ve covered how to set Windows 8 PC to boot with legacy BIOS mode instead of UEFI mode. Here we’ll show you another option to access UEFI BIOS Setup so long as you can log into Windows 10 / 8. Here are the steps:

  1. In Windows 8/8.1, press the Windows key + C, or swipe in from the right edge of the screen to open your Charms. Click Settings -> Change PC Settings. In PC Settings, select General.

    If you’re running Windows 10, press the Windows key + I to open the Settings app. Click Update & Security. Select the Recovery tab on the left pane.

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  2. Under Advanced startup, click Restart now. The system will restart and show the boot menu.
  3. In the boot menu, select Troubleshoot.

  4. In the Troubleshoot menu, select Advanced options.

  5. In the Advanced options menu, select UEFI Firmware Settings.

  6. Click Restart button to boot into UEFI BIOS Setup screen.

  7. When the computer restarts, the UEFI setup screen will be displayed. You can then disable UEFI BIOS and Secure Boot options, and enable legacy BIOS mode.

Option 2: Access UEFI BIOS Setup without Logging in to Windows 10/8

What to do if you forgot Windows user password and can’t login? Here is how you can access the UEFI BIOS Setup from Windows 10/8 login screen:

  1. From the login screen, click the Power icon in the lower right corner of the screen. While holding the Shift key, select Restart.

  2. The system will not actually restart but go into the boot options. click Troubleshoot.

  3. Afterwards, click Advanced options -> UEFI Firmware Settings -> Restart.
  4. The computer will reboot and take you into the UEFI BIOS setup.

Option 3: Access UEFI BIOS Setup from Command Prompt

You can also boot your computer into UEFI BIOS Setup by executing a simple command at the Command Prompt. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the elevated Command Prompt, then run the following command:
    shutdown /r /fw

  2. You’ll get a popup that says Windows is about to sign you out. Click Close.

  3. Your PC will now restart directly to UEFI settings.

How to Disable Windows 8 or 10 Lock Screen

December 7th, 2012 by Admin

By default, Windows 8 or 10 shows Lock Screen at startup, which displays the date ad well as notifications. You have to click the screen before you can get to the logon screen. This seems like something that makes more sense on a tablet PC.

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If you are using a desktop or laptop computer, you can disable the Lock Screen so the computer will boot up directly to logon screen to choose the user account to log in to Windows 8/10. Fortunately, you can disable the Lock Screen from Local Group Policy Editor or Registry Editor.

Method 1: Disable Windows 8 or 10 Lock Screen Using Group Policy

  1. The first thing you need to do is to open the Local Group Policy Editor by pressing the Windows + R key combination to bring up a Run box, then type gpedit.msc and hit Enter.
  2. Now, expand Administrative Templates settings from Computer Configuration, and then navigate to Control Panel –> Personalization. In main window, you will find Do not display the lock screen policy.

    do-not-display-lock-screen

  3. Double-click this policy and tick Enabled checkbox. This will permanently disable Lock Screen. When disabled, users will see the logon screen when they log off or lock out Windows. Similarly, you will be taken to logon screen directly, instead of Lock Screen, at startup.

Method 2: Disable Windows 8 or 10 Lock Screen Using Registry Editor

  1. Open Registry Editor by pressing Windows key + R to open the Run box, and then type regedit and press Enter.
  2. Navigate to the following registry key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization

    If you do not see the Personalization key, you have to create it by right-clicking the Windows key above it and selecting New -> Key.

  3. Right-click in the right pane and create a new DWORD value named NoLockScreen, and then set its value to 1.

    disable-lock-screen

    To re-enable the lock screen in the future, either delete the NoLockScreen value from your registry or set it to 0.

  4. Close the registry editor and now you’ve successfully removed the lock screen.

How to Create a Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) in Windows 10/8/7

October 8th, 2012 by Admin

Have you ever wished you had an extra hard drive or partition to setup a dual-boot or multi-boot operating system? You can shrink your existing partition to create a new partition but it always carries some risk of data loss. Beginning with Windows 7, you can create a virtual hard drive (VHD) which acts as a separate hard drive in your computer.

The virtual hard drive (VHD) is stored as a .vhd file on your physical disk. By mounting a virtual hard drive, you can easily copy files to and from the virtual disk. Additionally, Windows 10/8/7 can be configured to boot from a VHD. In this tutorial we’ll go through the steps of creating a virtual hard drive (VHD) in Windows 10/8/7.

How to Create a Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) in Windows 10/8/7?

  1. Press the Windows + R key combination to bring up a Run box, type compmgmt.msc and hit Enter.

  2. The Computer Management dialog opens, click Disk Management in the left pane of the window and wait until you see all currently installed disks in the right pane.
  3. Right-click Disk Management and then select Create VHD.

  4. Click Browse to choose the location where you want your VHD stored, and give it a descriptive name. Choose the size you want it to be, and select dynamic or a fixed. If you want the disk to expand in size as you add files to it, then pick Dynamically expanding. Check Fixed size if you want a specific size and for it to stay that way. Click OK.

  5. You will see the virtual hard drive listed as unallocated space in Disk Management. Right click on the virtual hard drive and select Initialize Disk.

  6. Press OK in the Initialize Disk box.

  7. Now it is time to create a volume by right-clicking the unallocated space and select New Simple Volume.

  8. The New Simple Volume Wizard starts up and just press Next until the wizard is complete.

  9. Now the new virtual disk is ready to be used, just like any other disk. You can see the virtual hard drive on your computer.