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Thursday, 6-Sep-2012 06:01 Email | Share | | Bookmark
3 Best Free Windows Password Reset Software

Have you ever forgotten your Windows account password? If you have then you already know how painful the password reset process can be. There is a good chance that Windows users who are not tech savvy fail to reset Windows password and end up re-installing Windows, probably losing all your installed software and its settings or even important data.

Whether you have or have not been through that situation, you do not want to be in those circumstances any time in the future. To help you out if you forgot Windows password, I have gathered a list of 3 freeware programs that will help reset Windows password for free.

1. Ultimate Boot CD

Ultimate Boot CD is a powerful free toolset to fix unbootable computers and recover data from them.It is a self-contained bootable OS on live CD with loads of useful software for repairing or fixing almost any Windows problem.

Ultimate Boot CD is intended for system recovery in the case of software or hardware faults. Additionally, It is capable of resetting Windows password of any user account, including the administrator password in Windows NT, 2000, and XP without needing to know the previous password.

2. Offline NT Password and Registry Editor

Offline NT Password & Registry Editor is a freeware utility that allows you to change or reset the password of any user that has a valid account on a local NT/2000/XP/2003/Server 2008/Vista 32 & 64-bit system. You do not need to know the old password to set a new one which makes this ideal for users who have forgotten their passwords or were locked out by someone else. Unlocking locked or disabled accounts is also supported.

This tool comes in the form as a bootable CD ISO image but can also be made to boot from a USB drive. The application is Linux-based technician tool and shouldn't be used by people without Linux skills and experience.

3. Kon-Boot

Kon-Boot is yet another free Windows password reset program, much like Offline NT password and Registry Editor. Just burn the program to a disc, boot to it, and you're off.

Kon-Boot works differently than the two password reset tools above, so if you have problems using them, give Kon-Boot a try. It's very easy to use and probably the fastest password reset tool available.

Unfortunately, Kon-Boot does not work with 64-bit versions of Windows. I used Kon-Boot to successfully reset the password on a Windows Vista PC and then also on a Windows XP PC. Kon-Boot is reported to also reset Windows 7 passwords but I was not able to make it work on two different Windows 7 PCs.

Conclusion

These free Windows password reset software can work, but they're not perfect. If you still can't reset your forgotten Windows password with these tools, we recommend you to try this professional Windows password reset software - Reset Windows Password. It's worth a try!


Thursday, 23-Aug-2012 02:30 Email | Share | | Bookmark
How to Reset Windows 7 Administrator Password By Yourself

Lost or forgot Windows 7 administrator password? This is the most common problem that Windows 7 users are usually confronted with. How to deal with it so that you can log back into your administrator account? Even if you don't have to reset a forgotten password now, you should get acquainted with this issue. I must admit that I managed to forget my password more than once. Here I'm going to show you 2 easy ways to reset Windows 7 administrator password, so you can log on your computer when you forgot the admin password.

Method 1: Use Other Administrator Account

If you can still log on to an account with administrator privileges, it's very easy to reset the password for any other user account, including the administrator account. Please follow these steps:

1. Go to Control Panel and click on the User Accounts and Family Safety, then click on User Accounts.
2. In the next window, click on the Manage another account link, you'll see a list of Windows accounts.
3. Select the administrator account that you want to remove the password for.
4. Click on Remove the password link, it will blank your forgotten administrator password immediately.

This method enables you to reset Windows 7 administrator password without using any software. But it requires you to log on through another admin account.

Method 2: Reset Windows 7 Administrator Password with Software

If you forgot Windows 7 password and can't log on to your computer with any administrator account, you need to create a Windows password reset disk which enables you to reset Windows 7 administrator password quickly and easily.

1. Download the self-extracting Zip file of Reset Windows Password package.
2. Unzip the download file, there is an ISO image: ResetWindowsPwd.iso. Burn it onto a blank CD/DVD or USB flash drive using ISO2Disc or any CD/DVD burning software you like.
3. Boot your locked computer from the Windows password reset disk.
4. Wait until the boot process is complete. When a window pops up with all your Windows accounts, select the administrator account and then click the Reset Password button.
5. It will reset Windows 7 administrator password immediately.

Next, take out the Windows password reset disk and restart the computer. You can then log into administrator account without being asked for a password.


Saturday, 18-Aug-2012 06:35 Email | Share | | Bookmark
How to Change or Reset Domain Password in Active Directory

"I can boot into Directory Services Restore Mode, but cannot login to the domain. Is there anything that I can do to reset the domain administrator password?"

Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) is a special boot mode for repairing or recovering Active Directory. You can log on to DSRM by using the local administrator password (also known as DSRM password) that you set when you set up Active Directory. But Windows doesn't provide any option for you to reset domain password after booting into DSRM mode. So if you forget your domain password, you've got trouble.

Unlocking your computer won't be easy, but it is possible. Reset Windows Password utility can help you change or reset domain password in Windows Server 2008/2003/2000 Active Directory, if you forgot domain administrator password or you are locked out of your account.

Step 1: Create a Domain Password Reset Disk

Download the Reset Windows Password utility. Once the download completes, right-click the .zip file and select Extract All. This will decompress the zip archive which there should be an ISO image file (ResetWindowsPwd.iso) inside.

Burn the ISO image to a blank CD or USB drive with the ISO2Disc software. It will take about one or two minutes to create a domain password reset disk.

Step 2: Set Boot Device Order in BIOS

Turn on your locked 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 domain password reset CD. You can either set Removable Device as the 1st boot device if you want to boot off USB drive.

Next press F10 to save your changes and reboot the computer.

Step 3: Change Domain Password

Insert the domain password reset CD/USB into your locked computer. If you set up the BIOS correctly your computer should automatically boot from the domain password reset disk.

After a few minutes it will launch the Reset Windows Password utility. Choose the Reset Active Directory Password mode, it will scan your hard drive for partitions that may have Active Directory installed, and display a list of domain user accounts inside your Active Directory server.

Choose a domain user account whose password you want to change or reset, then click Reset Password button. It will change domain password to Password123 by default.

Now remove the domain password reset disk and restart your computer. You can then login to your domain controller with the new password.

Conclusion

This guide can be very useful if you forgot domain admin password or you are locked out of your account and unable to access all of files and software specifically tied to that account.


Thursday, 16-Aug-2012 00:21 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Forgot Administrator Password on Windows 7/Vista/XP?

Forgot administrator password on your Windows 7 laptop? Image worst case scenario when you try to login to your computer after many days (months may be) and you forgot the administrator password. Even the password hint doesn't seem to help. Now what? Oh, and the administrator was the only admin account.

There are lots of ways you can lose access to your Windows administrator account. To reset administrator password on Windows 7/Vista/XP, we are going to use the Reset Windows Password utility, which can be used to reset Windows administrator password from a boot CD or USB drive. This can be very useful if you forgot administrator password and can't log on your computer.

Part 1: Burn a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive

1. Download and save the Reset Windows Password self-extracting Zip file to a folder on your hard drive, then extract the ISO image file: ResetWindowsPwd.iso from it.
2. Insert a blank CD/DVD or USB flash drive into the computer.
3. Download and install the ISO2Disc utility, launch the program.
4. Click the Browse button to locate your ISO image file, then click the Start Burn button to burn the ISO image to your CD/DVD or USB flash drive.

Part 2: Change BIOS Settings

1. 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.
2. Use the arrow keys to select the BOOT tab, then change the Boot Device Priority: Set 1st Boot Device to CD/DVD so you can boot from CD and perform password resetting, or set 1st Boot Device to Removable Device if you want to boot from USB flash drive.
3. Press F10 to save your changes. Now your computer is able to boot from CD/DVD or USB flash drive.

Part 3: Reset Forgotten Windows Administrator Password

1. Insert the newly burned CD/DVD or USB flash drive to your locked computer, then reboot your computer.
2. Then you will see Reset Windows Password is initializing.
3. Simply select your Windows SAM registry hive if multiple operating systems have been installed on the computer, the program will list all Windows user accounts. Select the administrator account from the list, then click on the Reset Password button. It will remove your forgotten administrator password instantly.
4. Click the Restart button to reboot the computer and remove the CD or USB flash drive, you are able to log into the administrator account without a password.

If you've managed to recover access to your administrator account, try to set a good password hint for your new password. In the case you forget the administrator password, you can see the hint to get the clue of your password. Also, there are some other precautionary measures you can take before you forgot the administrator password on Windows 7/Vista/XP.


Wednesday, 8-Aug-2012 03:46 Email | Share | | Bookmark
How to Remove Windows 7 Password With Ease

"Last day, I change my Windows 7 login password, but now I can't remember the new password. I'm locked out of my computer. How to remove forgotten Windows 7 password?"

Forgot Windows 7 password you put on your computer? How to remove windows 7 password without wiping out the hard drive? Most of us have experienced a situation where in we need to gain access to a computer which is password protected or at times we may forgot Windows password. So, if you are somewhat in a same kind of situation, here is an excellent tutorial using which you can remove Windows 7 password easily.

Method 1: Remove Windows 7 Password While Logged In

If you know the current Windows login password, it's very easy for you to remove the password just as how you created it before. If you're trying to remove Windows 7 password because you've forgotten it and can no longer access Windows, please refer to Method 2 for help.

1. Click on Start and then Control Panel.
2. Click on the User Accounts and Family Safety link.
3. Click on the User Accounts link.
4. In the Make changes to your user account area of the User Accounts window, click the Remove the password link.
5. In the text box on the next screen, enter your current Windows 7 password.
6. Click the Remove Password button to confirm that you'd like to remove your Windows 7 password.

Method 2: Remove Windows 7 Forgotten Password

Forgot Windows 7 password and can't get into your computer? This method can help you reset Windows 7 password easily by creating a password reset bootdisk. Follow the steps:

1. Download the self-extracting Zip file of Reset Windows Password package.
2. Unzip the download file, there is an ISO image file: ResetWindowsPwd.iso. Burn the CD image onto a blank CD/DVD or USB flash drive using ISO2Disc.
3. Boot your locked computer from the newly burned CD/DVD or USB flash drive.
4. After a while, the bootdisk will launch the Reset Windows Password utility.
5. Select the user account whose password you forgot, then click Reset Password button. It will remove your forgotten Windows 7 password instantly.

After removing Windows 7 password and gain access to your computer, you can continue to configure Windows 7 to automatically log in to your user account. You don't need to enter Windows login password every time your computer is starting up.


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