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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 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 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.

How to Restore Windows Password with Ease

August 2nd, 2012 by Admin

Forgot Windows password and can’t log in to your computer? You can restore Windows to a recent restore point during which you were able to successfully log on to the system.  The System Restore feature will make sure that you don’t lose any documents. However, programs that have been installed since the corresponding restore point have to be installed again. So is there a better way to fix this issue without reinstalling anything?

The best and easiest way is to restore your forgotten Windows password. To begin, you need to create a Windows password reset CD on another accessible computer, then boot your locked computer from the CD so you can restore Windows password easily.

How to Restore Windows Password with Ease:

  1. Download the Reset Windows Password utility from this link: http://www.top-password.com/reset-windows-password.html. Unzip the download file. After you unzip it, there is an ISO image file: ResetWindowsPwd.iso, which is what you need to burn.
  2. Burn the ISO image file to a blank CD or USB drive using the ISO2Disc utility. Here we’re going to use CD to create a password reset disk.
  3. Now we need to set your locked computer to boot from CD. Turn on the computer. Normally, the BIOS screen tells you the keyboard key you need to press to enter into BIOS Setup Utility. On most computers is Del, F2, F9 or F12 but yours might be different, so watch out for that on the boot-up menu.
  4. After entering into BIOS, set CD/DVD as the 1st boot device so you can boot off the CD; or set Removable Device as the 1st boot device if you want to boot from USB drive.
  5. Once your computer boots from the CD, it will load the Windows PE operating system on your CD.
  6. After one or two minutes, it will launch the Reset Windows Password program.
  7. Select the Windows SAM registry file for your desired Windows installation if there is more than one. The program will list all your Windows user accounts.
  8. Choose a user account and then click Reset Password button. It will restore your forgotten Windows password and you can then log in to your system with a blank password.

After password restoring, you can regain access to all your data and files on your computer. No need to reinstall the operating system or any program installed on your computer.  With this guide you can restore Windows password on Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP and Windows Server 2008, 2003 and 2000.

How to Change Windows 7 Logon Screen

August 2nd, 2012 by Admin

Ever wanted to change the default background of the Windows 7 logon screen? It is easier than you might imagine. While there are loads of 3rd party tools out there that will do this, and more, we’ve got a nice technique that won’t require you to install any additional software at all.

All you have to do is change a single registry value and put an image file in the correct location. You can set any image you like as your logon screen. To change Windows 7 logon screen, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Enable Custom Backgrounds

Firstly, to enable the background of the logon screen to be changed, we need to make a change in the registry editor. Click your Start button and type in regedit and press enter.

Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\Background

Here you’ll hopefully see an DWORD value named OEMBackground. If it isn’t there then you’ll need to create it – right-click in the right hand pane and choose New. Create a new DWORD value and call it OEMBackground.

Double click on the DWORD and set its value to 1.

Step 2: Select A Background Image

Windows will look for your background image in C:\Windows\System32\oobe\info\backgrounds – by default the info folder won’t exist, so create it inside of the oobe folder, open it up and then create a backgrounds folder. Place the image that you want to have as the background inside of here. For best results try to use an image which is the same size as your screen resolution so that it doesn’t get stretched or distorted. It is important to note that the maximum allowed size of the image is 256kb.

That’s all there is to it – the image will be the background for the logon screen with immediate effect, you don’t even need to restart your computer. If you are following the steps while reading this then press the Windows logo key+L to lock your screen and you’ll see the background image is the one you have selected.

Transfer Files and Settings from Windows 7 to Windows 8

July 27th, 2012 by Admin

Whether you plan to upgrade your Windows 7 machine to Windows 8 or buy a new PC with Windows 8 pre-installed, you can use Windows Easy Transfer to copy all your files and settings from your old machine or old version of Windows to your new machine running Windows 8. In this article, I’ll walk you through the steps of using Windows Easy Transfer and an external USB drive to easily complete the task.

Before we get started, let me clarify exactly what you can transfer using Windows Easy Transfer:

  • User accounts
  • Documents
  • Music
  • Pictures
  • E-mail (including contacts and e-mail settings)
  • Internet Favorites
  • Videos
  • And more

Part 1: Save Windows 7 Files and Settings to USB Drive

  1. To get started, you need to open Windows Easy Transfer on your old PC. In Windows 7, just search for Easy Transfer and you’ll see it show up:
  2. Click on Windows Easy Transfer from the list of programs.
  3. You’ll be presented with the Welcome to Windows Easy Transfer screen, which gives you an overview of what items you can transfer. Click Next to start.
  4. Select An external hard disk or USB flash drive.
  5. Now, select This is my old computer option to transfer files and setting from current PC.
  6. In this step, it shows currently logged-in User Profile and Shared Items options. You can customize the default folder and file section by hitting Customize. The Customize link present in User Profile section lets you pick Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, Program Settings and Windows Settings, whereas the Shared Items section’s Customize link will open a Shared Items menu, allowing you to choose the shared items that are to be moved.
  7. Once you’ve selected the files, it will ask you to enter the password to secure the transfer process. Clicking Save will prompt you to specify the USB drive where your files and settings are to be copied.
  8. When the destination folder is selected, it will start copying the settings and selected folders. The time it takes to complete the copying process depends upon the volume of selected data.
  9. Window 7 Easy Transfer wizard saves all the settings, user folders, and files from Windows 7 in a MIG file. Now, eject the USB drive, and move to PC running Windows 8.

Part 2: Restore Files and Settings from USB Drive to Windows 8

  1. To get started, open Windows Search from Windows 8 Start hover menu, enter easy transfer in search bar, and then click Apps. Now, launch Windows Easy Transfer utility from main window.
  2. In Windows Easy Transfer wizard, select An external hard disk or USB flash drive option to restore data and settings saved in MIG file.
  3. In next step, choose This is my new computer option.
  4. It will now ask you to plug-in the USB drive where the MIG file is saved. Plug-in the USB drive and select Yes to specify the Windows Easy Transfer file.
  5. On selecting the MIG file, it will ask you to specify the password. Enter the password to restore the data, and click Next.
  6. Once access is granted, it will ask you to choose what to transfer from old PC. At this point, you can select the files and settings that are to be transferred to your new PC. Click Customize under User Profile and Shared Items sections to select the folders.
  7. Once you’ve selected the settings and folders, hit Transfer to begin the settings and data migration process.
  8. After this has finished you will get a message telling you the transfer is complete. You can also see a list of what files and programs were transferred, or choose close to exit the wizard. Now you have the best of both worlds – all your important old files saved onto your new computer.

Windows Easy Transfer provides 3 options to transfer your files and settings: An Easy Transfer cable, A network and A external hard disk or USB flash drive. The first two options require connecting your new PC to old PC in order to send the files and settings. However, if you’re planning to upgrade your PC to Windows 8, select the third option that moves your system settings along with files to external hard drive.