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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.

How to Break Windows 7 Administrator Password

July 20th, 2012 by Admin

So if you have forgotten the password of your administrator account in Windows 7 or just want to break in the administrator account of your college or office, do not worry, you can easily do that. There are numerous ways available to do so but the best possible way is to use a Windows 7 password reset disk.

To break Windows 7 administrator password what all you need is just an ISO image of Reset Windows Password utility, which is so powerful that it can instantly break Windows admin password for almost any Windows system.

How to Break Windows 7 Administrator Password:

  1. Before the work, prepare a blank CD/DVD. Then download the self-extracting package of Reset Windows Password utility onto another accessible computer. Unzip the download file, you’ll see an ISO image: ResetWindowsPwd.iso, which you have to burn onto a CD. The CD is the password reset disk we’ll later use to break Windows 7 password.
  2. Insert the password reset disk into your Windows 7 computer. Set the computer to boot from the CD.
  3. Restart the computer, it will start to boot from the CD. After a while, your computer will launch the Reset Windows Password program. The software automatically detects the Windows SAM registry hive and locates Windows user accounts existing in your Windows 7 system.

  4. Choose the administrator account, then click Reset Password button to remove your forgotten password.
  5. Remove the CD and restart your computer.

Congratulations you’ve successfully break your forgotten Windows 7 admin password. You’ll then be able to log in to your Windows 7 administrator account without entering a password. The breaking method requires you have physical access to your locked computer.

Forgot Windows 7 Password for Your Laptop?

July 16th, 2012 by Admin

I have an old laptop that’s not been used for quite a while, problem is that I forgot Windows 7 password on my laptop, I’ve tried many different passwords that it could possibly be without any luck. I have some important documents and pictures on there that I really don’t want to lose with a brand new windows install. Is there any way to recover or reset the password?

Forgot your laptop password or someone has changed Windows 7 password on your laptop? How to reset laptop password without erasing any important files stored on your computer? In this article I’ll show you how to reset your forgotten Windows 7 password for your laptop so you can log on and regain access to your important data on your laptop.

How to Reset Windows 7 Password for Your 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 CD recording dialog, then burn the default ISO image onto your CD. The CD is the password reset disk we’ll later use to reset Windows 7 password.
  2. Insert the password reset disk into your locked laptop. Set the laptop to boot from the CD.
  3. Restart the computer, it will start to boot from the CD. After a while, your computer will launch the Reset Windows Password program. The software automatically detects the Windows SAM registry hive and show a list of user accounts existing in your Windows 7 system.

  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’ve done the procedure of resetting Windows 7 password on your laptop. You can get into your laptop without be asking for a password. If your laptop doesn’t have a CD-ROM drive, you can create a password reset disk on a USB drive to reset your laptop password.

Disable User Account Control (UAC) in Windows 7/Vista

July 16th, 2012 by Admin

User Account Control (UAC) is a security feature in Windows 7 and Vista that requires all users to log on and run in standard user privileges mode instead of as administrator with full administrative rights. When standard end-user requires administrator privileges to perform certain tasks such as attempting to install an application or write to registry, Windows will prompt a UAC credential prompt to notify the user that a credential of administrator user account is needed for authorization or permission, thus reduce the chance user can accidentally make modifications to system files or settings and eliminate the ability for virus or malware to invoke administrator privileges without a user’s knowledge.

However, in a lot of cases, administrator rights are needed by end-users to perform certain tasks such as install or update programs and perform typical system-level task. UAC can be troublesome, and sometime annoying especially when you’re the only single user who uses the computer, and has all the latest anti-virus and anti-spyware utilities installed and updated. User Account Control is enabled by default in Windows 7 and Vista, so you will have to turn off and disable the User Account Control.

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to disable UAC in Windows 7 and Vista.

Disable UAC in Windows Vista:
Open up Control Panel, and type in “UAC” into the search box. You’ll see a link for “Turn User Account Control (UAC) on or off”.

On the next screen you should uncheck the box “Use User Account Control (UAC)”, and then click on the OK button.

You’ll need to reboot your computer before the changes take effect, but you should be all done with annoying prompts.

Disable UAC in Windows 7:
Windows 7 makes it much easier to deal with UAC settings, and in fact you don’t have to completely disable UAC if you don’t want to. Just type UAC into the start menu or Control Panel search box.

You can simply drag the slider up or down, depending on how often you want to be alerted.

If you drag it all the way down to the bottom, you’ll have disabled it entirely.

How to Remove Windows 7/Vista/XP Password if You Forgot it

July 12th, 2012 by Admin

I’ve started to use my old laptop as our main one is currently broken down, sadly I have forgotten my administrator password on my laptop and can’t access the files originally saved in that computer. Another mistake is that I do not have a password reset disk, or what ever it is called. So I have no idea on how to remove Windows password.

People often tend to forget their Windows login password on a rarely used computer. Imagine that some day you decide to unpack an old computer and find that you are locked out of the computer, and can’t recall the password anymore. That’s so depressing!

Fortunately there is an easy way to remove Windows 7/Vista/XP password if you forgot Windows administrator or user passwords. With Reset Windows Password utility you can remove forgotten Windows password in just a few simple steps.

How to Remove Windows Password:

  1. Download the self-extracting package of Reset Windows Password utility. Unzip the download file, then burn the ISO image file: ResetWindowsPwd.iso to a CD or USB flash drive.
  2. Insert the password reset disk into your locked computer. Let the computer to boot from it. To do this you may have to enter into BIOS and set CD or USB as the first boot device.
  3. It may take a minute for the bootdisk to load some required system files and launch the Reset Windows Password utility.
  4. On the main screen of Reset Windows Password utility, you can choose the Windows SAM registry hive. The program will display all user accounts inside the SAM database.
  5. Choose a user account whose password you want to remove, then click Reset Password button to remove your forgotten password.

How to remove Windows 7/Vista/XP password? You have done it! Reset Windows Password utility lets you remove Windows Admin or user password instantly on all versions of Windows in the event that an Administrator’s password is forgotten or lost. You can log on to your computer again without reinstalling Windows.