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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 It seems that my password is no longer valid and now I can’t get in.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.

Forgot Windows 8 Password? How to Reset Windows 8 Password Easily

April 24th, 2012 by Admin

Forgetting Windows password is one of the most common problems and it can become a critical problem if your system contains important data. Advanced users can easily remove passwords from the computer but average computer users don’t have any idea about password reset disk and other methods to reset the password in Windows 8 or any other Windows versions.

Things will become easier if you have created a password reset disk in Windows 8 beforehand. So in case you have not taken precautionary steps earlier and you forget the password, you can’t create any type of password reset disk without logging into Windows 8. Here, I am going to discuss most of methods to reset Windows 8 password if you have forgotten it.

Option 1: Login with Administrator Account

It is the best way to get Windows 8 password back as by using the Administrator account, you can login on the system and then reset the user password from User management. When you install Windows 8 for the first time, it asks you to create a new user account to use on the computer and once you create it, Windows setup automatically disables the Administrator account and you can’t access it in normal mode. The next time you forget your user password, you can go to Windows Safe Mode and login with Administrator account and reset the user password. By default, Administrator account is automatically enabled in Safe Mode. To open the Safe Mode of any Windows OS, press the F8 (Function key) and after closing the BIOS messages you will see all the available options in Safe Mode and from there select Safe Mode.

Option 2: Login with Hotmail ID and Password

It is well known that Windows 8 offers us multiple ways to log into Windows 8 like using normal username and password, using Hotmail ID and password and finally using PIN password. If you set your Hotmail ID and password for Windows 8 login then you have a chance to get your login details of Windows 8 back. Open your Hotmail email ID on another computer and then change its password with a new one. After changing the Hotmail password, try to login on Windows 8 using the new password and make sure that your Windows 8 is connected to internet during this time.

Option 3: Enter 4 Digit Windows PIN Code

If you have used this way on Windows 8 previously then you can use it again to login on Windows 8. I have mentioned all the possible ways to login on Windows 8 above but if none of them work for you, I have a another solution and that is a bootable password reset disk.

Option 4: Bootable Password Reset Utility

It is the ultimate solution with a 100% success rate. It is the only solution you need if you fail to log into Windows 8 after using all the above methods. Password Recovery Bundle can help us to create a bootable password reset disk on CD/DVD or USB flash drive, which can be used to reset lost Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2000 and NT passwords easily. Once you boot and log in with its bootable disk, it will reset the Windows 8 password and make it blank. After that, you can log into Windows 8 without entering any password or you can set a different password after successfully logging into Windows 8 to prevent unauthorized access by someone else.

How to Reset Lost Administrator Password on Windows 7, Vista and XP

April 5th, 2012 by Admin

Still trying to recall the administrator password to get into your computer and keep failing again and again? If you forgot Windows administrator password and don’t have a password reset disk, you won’t be able to get into your computer and reset the lost password. If there are no other user accounts on the computer, you can never use your computer again until you reinstall the system. That’s really depressing. If you have a Windows password recovery disk, things will become easier than you may think.

In this post we’ll show you how to easily reset lost administrator password on Windows 7, Vista and XP. You only need to burn the ISO image of Reset Windows Password to a blank CD, then set your locked computer to boot from the CD and it’ll guide you to reset the forgotten Windows password to blank. This CD can be used to reset lost password on any Windows system, While the password reset disk created by Windows built-in features works only on the specific computer it’s burned.

Reset Windows Password is a professional and powerful password recovery tool to help you get into the computer and reset forgotten Windows password as blank, and it is always the best way to reset lost administrator password on Windows 7, Vista and XP. Just follow this step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Create a Bootable Windows Password Reset CD

First download the .zip archive of Reset Windows Password to any accessible computer (not the computer you want to unlock). Unzip the download file, you’ll get the ISO image: ResetWindowsPwd.iso.

Then you’ll need to get a CD/DVD-recording software to burn the ISO image to a blank CD or DVD. We recommend you to use this freeware: BurnCDCC. Launch this program, point the File Image to ResetWindowsPwd.iso and select your CD-DVD Burner, then click Start to begin the creating of Windows password reset CD.

Step2: Reset Lost Windows Administrator Password

Insert the password reset CD into your locked computer. Turn on (or restart) your computer, and let’s it boot from the password reset CD. If it still boots from the local hard drive, you might need to change the BIOS setting and set CD-ROM as the first boot device.

When the boot procedure is complete, the Reset Windows Password program will automatically launch.

Select the administrator account, then click Reset to remove its password.

Eject the password reset CD and click on Restart to reboot the computer. Now you are able to log into your locked computer with the administrator account.

Note: This trick can be used to reset lost Windows administrator passwords on both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. With a password reset disk at hand, you can easily reset lost Windows passwords for any computer whose password you forgot.

Restrict Logon Hours for Any Windows Account

January 11th, 2012 by Admin

One of my friends complained that his child spends too much time on his computer. He was very worried for his kid’s health. He tried to talk with the child but you know how stubborn they are. It was almost impossible to convince a six-year-old kid that spending too many hours in front of the computer can have a bad influence upon his health condition. I am a person who sustains children should learn how to use computers but I am against excessive use.

Regarding my friend’s problem, I advised him to try software applications that restrict access to computer for a defined time interval. He was reticent about this idea asking me if there was a costless solution. He didn’t want to use software trying to avoid his child getting suspicious. He just wanted a trick to restrict access in Windows without additional software and at no cost.

I immediately thought that the net user command would be perfect for this issue. Follow the steps outlined below to easily limit the user’s logon hours:

  1. Go to Start  menu.
  2. Go to Run and Type cmd, press Enter to open a Command Prompt window.
  3. Enter the appropriate net user command for the user(s) you wish to restrict access for.

Example 1:
Limits the user john to logon Monday- Friday between 8am and 5pm:
net user john /time:M-F,08:00-17:00

Example 2:
The same thing can also be expressed as above using the 12 hour clock :
net user john /time:M-F,8am-5pm

Example 3:
This shows the easiest way of setting limits that differ on multiple days.
net user john /time:M,8am-5pm;T,1pm-3pm;W-F,8:00-17:00

Example 4:
To remove time restrictions:
net user john /time:all

Note: The system limits time to one-hour increments, which means you can only restrict the user on the hour (e.g., 13:00 or 1pm, not 13:30 or 1:30pm). You can use the abbreviation for the day (i.e., M,T,W,Th,F,Sa,Su).

Windows accounts can be restricted from logging on to the computer at specific hours or days. You can only restrict when a user can log on to the system, but you cannot force a user to log off when their hours expire.

The next time when you try to log onto the same account, the operating system will check the time restrictions you set to determine if you are allowed to log into the  account. For restricted time periods, the system will required you to enter your password, even if you haven’t set any password on that account. Furthermore, it will always reject you regardless if you enter a valid or invalid password.