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Forgot Windows XP Password? How to Reset it with Sticky Key

June 15th, 2012 by Admin

Forgot Windows XP password? There are many ways to unlock your Windows installation if you forgot Windows password and can’t log on your computer. Today I’ll show you another procedure to reset Windows XP password with Sticky key. The main advantage of this password reset method is that you don’t need third-party software,  but it requires that you have a Windows PE bootdisk, or create one if you don’t have.

Note: For average computer users, we recommend you to use this password reset utility to reset your forgotten Windows XP password – Reset Windows Password.  The software also works with Windows 8/7/Vista and Windows Server 2008/2003/2000.

Supposed you have created a Windows PE bootdisk, then follow these steps below to reset Windows XP administrator password:

  1. Boot from Windows PE and access the command prompt.
  2. Find the drive letter of the partition where Windows XP is installed. It is usually C:. To find the drive letter, type C: (or D:, respectively) and search for the Windows folder. Note that Windows PE usually resides on X:.
  3. Type the following command (replace “c:” with the correct drive letter if Windows is not located on C:):
    copy c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe c:\
    This creates a copy of sethc.exe to restore later.
  4. Type this command to replace sethc.exe with cmd.exe:
    copy /y c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe
    Reboot your computer and start the Windows installation where you forgot the administrator password.
  5. After you see the logon screen, press the SHIFT key five times.
  6. You should see a command prompt where you can enter the following command to reset the Windows password:
    net user administrator new_password
    If you want to reset other account password, replace administrator with your desired account.
  7. You can now log on with the new password.

I recommend that you replace sethc.exe with the copy you stored in the root folder of your system drive in step 3. For this, you have to boot up again with Windows PE because you can’t replace system files while the Windows installation is online. Then you have to enter this command:

copy /y c:\sethc.exe c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe

Now you are done! The sticky key trick takes advantage of the security holes in all current available Windows system. So I can’t assure if it will also work with Windows 8 or later operating system.

How to Delete Windows 7/Vista/XP Password Using USB Drive or CD

June 13th, 2012 by Admin

A lot of methods are available to crack and recover Windows password. One of the most popular software is Ophcrack. Even I have written a tutorial to cover the steps of recovering Windows 7 password using Ophcrack, many users still can’t get it to work. I think the mainly factor is that Ophcrack is a Linux-based CD and it’s only appropriate for experienced computer users. Also we can’t assure a 100% recovery rate with the software.

In this article I’ll show you a much easier way to delete Windows 7/Vista/XP password using a professional Windows password recovery software – Reset Windows Password. That is what this post is about. I have not found any other method simpler than this one, it resets your forgotten Windows password instantly. We only need to prepare a blank CD or USB drive to perform the password resetting. Let’s go!

How to Delete Windows 7/Vista/XP Password Using USB Drive or CD:

  1. Click this link to download and extract the zip archive of Reset Windows Password, which contains an ISO image file: ResetWindowsPwd.iso.
  2. Burn the ISO image to a blank CD or USB drive using the freeware ISO2Disc.
  3. Now start the system which you want to reset the password by putting the CD or the USB in the computer. While start up you have to make sure that it boots up from the disc you just burned. In order to do this, go to your BIOS settings and change the boot order: move CD/DVD or Removable Device on top of other boot devices.
  4. After booting from the CD or USB drive,  the computer will load a mini Windows PE operating system, not any operating system on your local hard drive.
  5. Less than one minute, the bootdisk will launch the Reset Windows Password program.  It’ll automatically select the Windows SAM registry hive for your Windows installation, also display a list of Windows user accounts.
  6. Choose the user account whose password you want to reset.  Click Reset Password button to delete the forgotten/unknown password.

Now start the computer and you will find that it is not asking for password for the user whose password you just deleted. That’s it, you are done.

3 Handy Password Recovery Tips In Case You Forgot Windows Password

June 12th, 2012 by Admin

As it’s known to us, a strong password is an important aspect of computer security. Many computer users set an extremely complicated Windows password consisting of various numbers, characters and symbols. It will greatly improve the system security without doubt. But if the user has bad memory, the complex Windows password can be easily forgotten. At that time, one has to find some Windows password recovery tips to unlock the computer.

Have you thought of some tips to avoid the problem of forgetting Windows password? Never write your password on a sticky note plastered to a desk or monitor. If you are easy to forgot Windows password, you can make full of features in Widows: set a password hint to help you recover your Windows password, and create a password reset disk to reset Windows password if your password is forgotten or lost.

1. Set a Windows password Hint

Some systems, like Windows 7, Vista and XP, allow you to create a password hint so that you can get some clues to recall your forgotten Windows password. You can create a password hint easily when you set a Windows password to log on to computer. Please note if your computer is on domain (Active Directory), you cannot create a password hint.

The Windows password hint should be something that can help you recall your forgotten Windows password while it will not leak your Windows password to others. But don’t set a password hint that is easy for others to guess your actual Windows password.

2. Create Windows Password Reset Disk

If you think password hint is not a good option or you can’t think of a good password hint, you can turn to the option of creating a Windows password reset disk. It will be useful for you to reset Windows password if you forgot Windows password in further. Follow these steps to create a Windows password reset disk in advance:

  1. Click Start button, Control Panel, User Accounts and Family Safety and User Accounts.
  2. Click Create a password reset disk in the left pane.
  3. The Forgotten Password Wizard will open, insert a USB flash drive and then click Next.
  4. Select the USB drive which you want to create a password reset disk on, and then click Next.
  5. Enter your current password, and then click Next.
  6. When the progress indicator shows 100% complete, and then click Finish.

Once the Windows password reset disk is created, it can be repeatedly used to reset Windows password without limitation. If it falls into hands of others, he or she will be able to enter your computer by performing Windows password reset with the USB drive. So please keep your password disk in a safe place.

3. Windows Password Recovery

With the development of technology, you can not only set a Windows password composed of letters, numbers and symbols, but also create a password with fingerprint. If you are a Window 7 user, you can enable fingerprint logon.

If you forgot Windows password and don’t have a password disk, you can resort to Windows Password Recovery software such as Password Recovery Bundle. It allows you to easily reset lost or forgotten Windows password by burning a bootable password reset disk. Boot your locked computer from it and you can remove forgottten Windows password instantly.

How to Log on to Windows if You Forgot Administrator Password

June 11th, 2012 by Admin

I’m having trouble logging into my user account under Windows 7. It seems that my password is no longer valid and now I can’t get in. The only way I can login to the system is to do so under my son’s account which does not have administrative rights. Also, when I go to Control Panel -> Users (under my son’s account), my user account is not listed. Any ideas how I can resolve this? “

Depending on the access level applied to your son’s account, he may / may not be able to see any other accounts listed on the system. In his case, the access level is low enough that Windows 7 will not display any other user accounts.

The best option here is to reset your account password. You can do this using Password Recovery Bundle. To reset Windows administrator password, first you need to download Password Recovery Bundle onto any other accessible computer (not your locked PC), then follow the steps below:

Part 1: Create a Windows Password Reset Disk

before the work, prepare a blank CD/DVD or a USB drive. Then install and run Password Recovery Bundle on your computer, and you’ll get the interface as follow.

Insert a blank CD, DVD or USB drive into the computer, and click on the Windows Password button. It will prompt a ISO Burning dialog. Choose your prepared disc and click Start Burn button, you’ll get a bootable Windows Password Reset Disk.

Part 2:  Set Your Locked PC to Boot from Windows Password Reset Disk

Boot your locked computer. 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.Use the arrow keys to select the BOOT tab, then change the Boot Device Priority:  Set 1st Boot Device to CDROM or Removable Device. Press F10 to save your changes.

Part 3: Reset Windows Administrator Password

Insert the Windows password reset disk you’ve created into the locked computer. Restart the computer. The computer will load the Windows password reset disk. Once it launches the Reset Windows Password program,  you can see Windows SAM registry hive and all user accounts available on your computer.

Choose the administrator account and click Reset Password button. The program will reset your forgotten administrator password immediately. The last step is to take out of the Windows password reset disk and restart your computer. You’ll find that the computer doesn’t ask you for any password, and you can log on to Windows successfully. To set a new password, make sure that it’s a safe password and you’ll never forget it anymore.

How to Run a Program with Administrator Rights on Windows 7/Vista/XP

June 6th, 2012 by Admin

How to run a program with administrator rights on Windows 7/Vista/XP: Typically when you launch a program that requires administrative rights in Windows 7 or Vista, you are prompted for administrator credentials to continue. Sometimes, programs that were designed for older systems such as Windows XP may not even run or could be limited in functionality if they are not launched with administrator rights. In the following tutorial, I’ll cover the process of launching a program with administrator credentials. In addition I’ll show you how to make it so that programs are automatically launched with administrator rights and how to ensure that they run compatible with Vista if the program was produced for an older version of Windows.

How to run a program with Administrator Rights on Windows 7/Vista/XP:

  1. Browse to the program you would like to launch as an administrator.
  2. Right click the program icon and select the option to “Run as administrator“.

If all works well when the program is running as administrator, you can opt to always run the program as administrator. In addition, you might want to run the program in compatibility mode for an older version of Windows.

How to set a program to always run as administrator:

  1. Locate the program you want to launch with admin rights.
  2. Right click the program icon and choose the properties option.
  3. Select the compatibility tab from the window that appears.
  4. At the bottom of the window, under privilege level, check the box to run this program as administratorNote: you may also want to run this run this program in compatibility mode if it was originally created for another version of Windows such as Windows XP. To do this simply check the box to run this program in compatibility mode for: and then select the compatible Windows environment from the drop down menu.
  5. Once finished setting your options, click Apply to accept the changes.

Enjoy!

How to Recover Windows 7/Vista/XP Product Key with Ease

June 3rd, 2012 by Admin

There could be number of occasions when you need to recover product key from installed Windows OS. If you are geek enough you may dig into Windows registry to find product key but for normal users it may not be possible to recover easily.  So how to recover lost Windows product key without having to buy a new copy of Windows?

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to recover Windows 7/Vista/XP product key with ease.  To get started,  we need to use a popular key finder program – Product Key Finder. It enables you to recover lost Windows product keys and backup them to prevent from losing your valuable licenses.

How to Recover Windows Product Key

  1. First you need to download Product Key Finder onto your computer and then install it.
  2. Launch Product Key Finder program and then click Start Recovery button. Choose the From current system option.
  3. The program will decrypt and recover your lost Windows product key immediately.
  4. Last you can click the Save To File button to save the recovered product key to a file for safe keeping.

Product Key Finder can also help you recover product keys for other software such as Microsoft Office, SQL Server, Exchange Server, Visual Studio, VMWare, Adobe Reader, etc.

How to Reset Forgotten Windows Password for Your Laptop

May 22nd, 2012 by Admin

I change the password on my laptop and didn’t log out for 2 days. When I finally did I forgot the password. Now I can’t get in anything on my computer. How do I reset a forgotten password on my laptop without erasing anything?? Help me please!!

If you forgot Windows password for your laptop (or buy a used laptop with an unknown password) you can’t log into Windows. The first thing to do is try all the passwords you think it might be.

After a few incorrect guesses you will be prompted with a password hint (if one was set up) which may help you remember what it was. If you still don’t know and have tried all the passwords you can think of, it’s time to reset your laptop password.

Password Recovery Bundle is reliable and easy-to-use Windows password recovery software that we’ll use it to reset forgotten laptop password. We need to download the software on another computer you can log in. The software enables us to burn a Windows password reset disk (CD, DVD or USB stick). Have your locked laptop to boot from the password reset disk and it allows you to reset forgotten Windows password safely and easily!

Let’s see the detailed instructions on how to reset forgotten Windows password for a laptop:

  1. Install Password Recovery Bundle onto another computer you have access to.
  2. Launch the program and then click Windows Password button.
  3. On the prompt dialog, follow the on-screen steps to create a Windows password reset disk.
  4. Boot your locked laptop from the Windows password reset disk.
  5. After a while you’ll see the Reset Windows Password screen.
  6. Select the user account with a forgotten password, then click Reset Password to continue.
  7. The program will immediately reset your forgotten Windows password on your laptop.

Now reject the password reset disk and reboot your laptop. The computer will boot as usual and get to the Windows logon screen. Just leave the password field as blank, and you’ll able to successfully log in the system. It’s so easy to reset laptop password if you forgot Windows password and can’t get in.

How to Hack Windows Password with Free Linux Live CD

May 20th, 2012 by Admin

Forgetting Windows password means losing access to important files and settings on your computer. A password hint can provide clues to help you recall your password. But in most situations, we can’t recognize the importance of password hint and leave it as blank when set a new password. How to hack or recover Windows password so you can regain access to your computer?

In this tutorial we’ll show you how to hack Windows password with a Linux live CD – Ophcrack, which is a freeware that can crack Windows password so you can login without making any changes to your computer.

Step 1: Download Ophcrack and Create A Linux Live CD

The first thing we will need to do is download the CD image from Ophcrack’s website. There are two options to download: XP or Vista. So make sure you grab the right one. The Vista download works with Windows Vista or Windows 7, and the only difference between XP and Vista is the “tables” Ophcrack uses to hack the password.

Once the .iso file is downloaded, burn it to a CD using any CD/DVD burning software you like, such as BurnCDCC or ImgBurn. If you are going to be cracking your password on a computer that doesn’t have a CD drive, such as a netbook, you can also burn the ISO image to a USB flash drive using Universal USB Creator.

Step 2: Hack Windows Password

Boot the computer from the Linux Live CD that you created.  On some computers you may have to go into the BIOS settings to change the boot order or push a key to show the boot menu.

Once the disk is done booting, Ophcrack should start automatically and will begin hacking the passwords for all of the users on your computer.

If you have a complex password it will take a lot longer than simple passwords, and with the free tables your password may never be cracked. Once the hack is done you will see the password in plain text, write it down and reboot the machine to login. If your password isn’t hacked, you can also log in as one of the other users with admin rights and then change your password from within Windows.

With the free tables available you will not be able to hack every password, but the paid tables range from $100 to $1000 so you may be better off just resetting your password with Reset Windows Password utility.

How can I Access Windows 7/Vista/XP/2008/2003 if I Forgot Administrator Password

May 6th, 2012 by Admin

Hello, how to reset the administrator password that has been forgot? I cannot log in Windows and my administrator account is disabled. How can I change the my Windows 7 password? I will be thankful that if you give me the idea.

As it’s well known to us, the administrator is the built-in administrative account which has unrestricted access to everything on the computer. So if you have forgotten the administrator password, it’s a daunting task for you to reset the administrator password, especially when it’s the only user with administrative rights.  How can you get out of this situation without formatting and re-installing the operating system?

One method of gaining access to the system is to remove the administrator password using a password reset disk. What’s the most important is that we must create the Windows password reset disk before we forgot administrator password. However I don’t think this approach will help you, otherwise you wouldn’t be sitting here reading article, would you?

Another method is to recover administrator password using Ophcrack LiveCD. Ophcrack is an open source (GPL licensed) program that cracks Windows passwords by using LM hashes through rainbow tables. The program includes the ability to import the hashes from a variety of formats, including dumping directly from the SAM files of Windows. It is claimed that these tables can crack 99.9% of alphanumeric passwords of up to 14 characters in usually a few minutes.  If you’re not ‘techie’ or are short on time, we always recommends the third method below.

A third method is to use Password Recovery Bundle, one of the most popular Windows password recovery software, which will enable you to reset lost Windows password and logon with a blank password. Download and install the software on an accessible computer, it enables you to create a password reset bootdisk. Boot your locked Windows 7/Vista/XP/2008/2003 system from the bootdisk and it enables you to reset / unlock your lost administrator password easily and instantly. Additionally Password Recovery Bundle can also be used to reset domain administrator password on Windows Server 2008/2003/2000.

There are several options for you to regain access to Windows 7/Vista/XP/2008/2003 if you forgot administrator password.  With these methods you should be able to reset Windows administrator password and log on your computer successfully.