How to Reset Forgotten Windows Vista Home Premium Password

August 4, 2014

Forgot Windows Vista Home Premium password? Unable to login with the only administrator account on your computer? PCUnlocker is one of the best Windows password recovery tools that can reset Windows Vista Home Premium password easily. Here’s step-by-step tutorial for you to unlock Windows Vista Home Premium in the event your administrator password is lost or forgotten.

  1. Download and save the PCUnlocker self-extracting Zip file to a folder on your hard drive, then extract the ISO image file: pcunlocker.iso from it.
  2. Download and install ISO2Disc, a freeware for making bootable CD or USB drive. Run the ISO2Disc program, click on Browse to select the PCUnlocker ISO image.

    Burn ISO Image to CD/DVD or USB flash drive

  3. Click the Start Burn button to create a Windows Vista password removal disk.
  4. Insert the password removal disk into your locked Windows Vista computer.
  5. Turn on the computer. When it is powered on, check the boot-screen for setup key (i.e. Delete key, F12 key, F2 key) to enter BIOS Setup Utility.
  6. Use the arrow keys to select the BOOT tab, then change the boot device priority. Make sure your BIOS is set to boot from CD or USB before your hard drive.

    BIOS Setting

  7. Press F10 to save your changes and exit BIOS.
  8. The computer will then restart from your Vista password removal disk. After a while, you’ll see the PCUnlocker program and it shows you a list of local accounts stored in the Security Accounts Manager (SAM).

    Reset Windows Password

  9. Select a user account from the list and click the Reset Password button. The program will reset Windows Vista password immediately.
  10. Disconnect the Vista password removal disk and restart your computer. Windows Vista should automatically log you on without asking for a password!

Once you’re logged in, you can go to the Control Panel to change your Vista Home Premium password to something else that you can remember.

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How to Remove Lost HP Pavilion Windows 8 Password

July 8, 2014

Lost Windows 8 admin password for your HP Pavilion laptop? If you have no idea what the password is, here’s how can you easily remove Windows 8 password on your HP Pavilion laptop.

How to Remove Lost HP Pavilion Windows 8 Password?

1. Before resetting your password, you need to create a bootable PCUnlocker USB drive from an alternate PC. Download the ISO image of PCUnlocker and then burn it to a USB flash drive with ISO2Disc.

2. Plug the USB drive into your HP Pavilion laptop. Turn on your laptop and repeatedly press the ESC key to access the Startup Menu. As the startup menu indicates, press F10 to enter BIOS Setup.

3. Go to the System Configuration menu, enter Boot Options. Change Legacy Boot to ENABLE, then move USB Diskette on Key/USB Hard Drive to top of boot order. Save your changes and exit BIOS.

4. During reboot, press the ESC key to access the Startup Menu again. This time press F9 to boot from USB drive.

5. PCUnlocker will load after USB boot. It displays a list of local accounts for your Windows 8 system. Choose a account and click on Reset Password button. This will remove your forgotten Windows 8 password instantly.

6. Restart your laptop and disconnect the USB drive. You can then login to your HP Pavilion Windows 8 laptop without a password! That’s it!

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Bypass Windows 8.1 Password on Dell Venue 8/11 Pro

June 10, 2014

What to do if you forgot Windows 8.1 password on Dell Venue Pro tablet? Dell Venue Pro comes with 32-bit UEFI firmware instead of standard BIOS, and legacy-based password reset bootdisk will therefore not boot successfully. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create a live USB drive with 32-bit UEFI bootloader, and then use it to bypass Windows 8.1 password on Dell Venue 8/11 Pro tablet.

Part 1: Create A UEFI Bootable USB Media

  1. Before getting started to reset Dell Venue Pro password, you need to use another computer to make a bootable PCUnlocker USB drive. Simply download the trial version of PCUnlocker Enterprise, unzip the downloaded file and you’ll get an ISO image file called pcunlocker.iso.
  2. Next download and install the freeware ISO2Disc. Run the ISO2Disc program, click on Browse button to select the PCUnlocker ISO image, then choose your USB drive and select GPT partition style. Click on Burn.

    Create a GPT bootable PCUnlocker USB drive

  3. A UEFI bootable USB media will be created in minutes. If you don’t have a USB drive at hand, you can try to make a UEFI bootable CD from the ISO image.

Part 2: Bypass Windows 8.1 Password on Dell Venue Pro Tablet

  1. Insert the USB boot media into your Dell Venue Pro 8/11 tablet.
  2. While power on the tablet, press and hold the volume down button (second silver button from the top on the left side) until the Dell logo appears. You will then be able to get into the UEFI BIOS.
  3. Go to the Boot tab, disable the Secure Boot option and set USB flash drive as the first bootable device.
  4. Save your changes and exit BIOS. The tablet will then boot from USB media. After a while, you’ll see the PCUnlocker program and it shows you a list of local accounts existing on your Dell Venue Pro tablet.

    Reset Windows Password

  5. Choose a local account and then click Reset Password button, it will reset your forgotten password immediately. If you’re using a Microsoft Account with your Dell Venue Pro tablet, choose the local account associated to your Microsoft account and then reset its password.

Restart your Dell Venue Pro tablet and disconnect the UEFI bootable USB media. You can then log in to your Windows 8.1 system without a password. It’s that easy!

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Lost SA Password for SQL Server 2012, 2008, 2005

May 3, 2014

Lost the SA password you set during SQL Server setup? How to obtain access to SQL Server after the SA account got locked out or disabled? Don’t panic! With the SQL Server password recovery tool you can reset lost SA password and unlock SQL Server without reinstalling.

How to Reset Lost SA Password for SQL Server 2012, 2008 and 2005?

The SA login is stored in the master database (master.mdf) file, but this file is inaccessible while SQL Server is running. To unlock SA account in SQL Server, you need to first stop your SQL Server instance, and then install SQL Server Password Changer on your local computer.

Start the SQL Server Password Changer program. Click on Open File button and select the master database (master.mdf) for your SQL Server instance. For example, in SQL Server 2008 Express the master.mdf file resides in the following location:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL10.SQLEXPRESS\MSSQL\DATA

After you’ve chosen the master database file, the program will analyze the file format and extract all database users from it. Choose the SA account and click on Change Password button. In the pop-up window, enter your desired new password and click OK.

The program will reset the SA password, and also enable / unlock the SA account when it is disabled or locked out. Start your SQL Server instance and you can then successfully connect to your SA account using your new password. Done!

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How to Unlock Windows 8 Picture Password After Forgotten

April 17, 2014

Forgot your picture password and cannot log on to Windows 8 any longer? Don’t panic. Here I’ll explain 2 methods for you to unlock Windows 8 picture password if you forgot it.

Method 1: Login with Alternative Sign-in Options

As long as you can remember the traditional text password, Microsoft account password or PIN that are set up on your computer, you can switch to an alternative sign-in option to log on to Windows 8 by following these steps:

  1. After drawing the wrong gestures on your chosen image, you’ll get the error message that says “The picture password is incorrect. Try again.” Click OK.

    forgot-picture-password

  2. On the next screen. Click on “Switch to Password” button. You can then see all sign-in options that are available on your computer.

    switch-to-password

  3. Choose the sign-in option that you can remember the login credentials and you can log back into Windows 8 again.

    log-on-with-password

Method 2: Use PCUnlocker Boot Disk

If you are unable to login with any sign-in option, you’ll need to create a PCUnlocker boot disk on another computer. Afterwards, boot your locked Windows 8 computer from the boot disk and you can reset Windows 8 password easily! Here are step-by-step instructions:

  1. Download the ISO image of PCUnlocker and burn it to your CD using the ISO2Disc program.
  2. Now go back to your Windows 8 locked PC, and insert the disk you just made. If your BIOS isn’t set up to boot the Optical Drive first, you may need to change that.
  3. After booting from the CD, you’ll see the PCUnlocker program which shows you a list of your Windows 8 local user accounts.

  4. Choose your desired account and click on “Reset Password” button. It will unlock / reset your password quickly, even you’re using a Microsoft account.
  5. Reboot your computer and you can then log back into your Windows user account without password prompt.

Security researchers have found that the picture password is much less secure than a traditional text-based password. Windows 8 uses reversible encryption to store the picture password. You can crack Windows 8 picture password easily, as long as you can log on Windows as administrator.

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How to Reset Lost Windows Password without CD or USB Drive

April 14, 2014

Forgot your Windows administrator password and don’t have a CD or USB drive at hand? In this tutorial we’ll show you a simple way to reset Windows password without disk. Let’s proceed.

Of course, if you do have a PCUnlocker Live CD, you can reset your password the easy way with a few mouse clicks. The following trick works with local account only. If you’re using a Microsoft Account to login to your computer, you can also use PCUnlocker to reset lost Microsoft Account password.

How to Reset Lost Windows Password without Disk?

  1. Turn on your computer. While the computer is coming up and you can see it saying “Starting Windows”. Hold down the Power button for at least 5 seconds to force power off your computer.
  2. When a sudden power loss is detected, the next time you turn on your computer and it will ask you if you want to launch startup repair or start normally. Choose the Launch Startup Repair (recommended) menu.
  3. Startup Repair will boot up and take a little while. When it asks you if you want to restore your computer to an earlier point, click Cancel.
  4. The Startup Repair Tool begins analyzing startup log files for clues as to the source of the problem and then launches a series of diagnostic tests to determine the cause of the startup failure. After a long time, you will get a dialog saying that Startup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically! Click on View problem details.
  5. Now scroll down to the end of the Detail Report. Click on the last link to read Microsoft’s offline privacy statement.
  6. Notepad will come up with the privacy statement in it. Click on the File menu and then Open.
  7. In the File Open dialog box, change the Files of type option to All Files. Browse to the Sticky Keys application – C:\windows\system32\sethc.exe. Rename this file as a backup file: I named it “sethc-copy”.
  8. Now find the cmd.exe file in the same folder. This is your Command Prompt. rename it to sethc.exe. Then close out of all the dialog boxes and Finish, so that the computer restarts.
  9. Once you get to the Windows login screen, hit the Shift key 5 times and it will open the Command Prompt window instead of the Sticky Keys application.
  10. Now to reset the password – just type the following command, replacing the username and password with the combination you want:

    reset user top-password.com 123456

  11. Close the Command Prompt and you should be able to log on to Windows with your new password.

That’s it! You’ve successfully reset Windows password without a CD or USB drive.

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Retrieve Saved Password from Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey and Flock

March 24, 2014

Did you know that all the settings you make in Firefox, like your home page, saved passwords and bookmarks are all stored in a special profile folder? It’s true. Your profile folder is kept in a separate place from the Firefox program so that if something ever goes wrong with Firefox your information will still be there. It also means you can uninstall Firefox without losing your settings.

Just like Firefox, other programs such as Thunderbird, SeaMonkey and Flock also store all your personal settings in a profile folder. So if you forgot the passwords saved in Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey or Flock, you can recover them easily from your profiles. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to retrieve all types of saved passwords from Firefox / Thunderbird / SeaMonkey / Flock profiles.

How to Retrieve Firefox / Thunderbird / SeaMonkey / Flock Passwords?

  1. Download the setup package of Firefox Password Recovery and save it on your computer.
  2. After you’ve downloaded it, double-click on the setup file to install it.
  3. Start the Firefox Password Recovery program. Click on the “Recover From File” button. This will bring up the Mozilla Password Recovery dialog.

  4. Click on the “Browse” button to select your Firefox / Thunderbird / SeaMonkey or Flock profile. For example, the typical path of a Firefox profile is usually C:\Users\<user_name>\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles. While in Windows XP, it’s C:\Documents and Settings\<user_name>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles. If you are still unable to locate the profile folder, just search the signons.sqlite file which resides in the profile folder of your application.

  5. Click OK. The program will decrypt and recover all your saved passwords from the selected profile. So this is how can you recover Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey and Flock passwords easily.
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Lost Admin Privileges on Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP

March 5, 2014

Lost admin privileges on your Windows user account? If you can’t access the administrator account, or your administrator account was demoted to a guest or limited account, you will be restricted from performing any administrative tasks.

In this tutorial we’ll explain how to regain your PC’s administrator privileges with PCUnlocker. PCUnlocker is a bootable utility that could be used to promote a limited / standard user account to administrator, or unlock / reset your forgotten administrator password on Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP.

Part 1: Create A PCUnlocker Live CD/USB Drive

  1. Click here to download and save the PCUnlocker self-extracting Zip file to a folder on your hard drive, then extract the ISO image file: pcunlocker.iso from it.
  2. Insert a blank CD or USB flash drive into your computer. Download and install the freeware ISO2Disc.
  3. Start the ISO2Disc program. Click the Browse button to locate your ISO image file, then click the Start Burn button to burn the ISO image to your CD or USB flash drive.

    Burn ISO Image to CD/DVD or USB flash drive

Part 2: Boot Your Locked PC from CD/USB Drive

  1. Connect the burned CD or USB drive to the computer that you’re trying to gain admin rights on. 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 CDROM if you just created a bootable CD or DVD, or set 1st Boot Device to Removable Device if a bootable USB flash drive was created.

    BIOS Setting

  3. Press F10 to save your changes. Now your computer will restart and then boot from PCUnlocker Live CD/USB drive. If you still can’t get your computer to boot from the CD/USB drive, please refer to this boot up troubleshooting guide.

Part 3: Gain Admin Privileges on Windows Account

  1. After the computer boots up from the CD or USB drive, it will start the PCUnlocker program which shows you a list of local accounts that are stored in Windows SAM registry hive. Select your user account and click on Reset Password button.

    Gain Admin Rights on Windows Account

  2. Click Yes to confirm your operation. The program will remove your user password, promote your account to an administrator if it’s a standard or limited account, and enable / unlock it when necessary.
  3. Click Restart to reboot the computer and remove the CD or USB drive. You can then log into your Windows administrator-level user account without a password.

It’s so easy to get admin privileges back on your Windows account and regain full control of your computer. I hope this will also help you in case you lost admin rights on Windows 8, 7, Vista or XP.

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5 Options to Recover Windows 7 Password

February 27, 2014

Looking for Windows 7 Password Recovery options? If you’ve lost your Windows 7 password and can not login to Windows anymore, you can try any of the methods given below to recover, reset or remove your password on the easiest, fastest, and safest way.

Method 1: Use An Administrator Account

Windows 7 password recovery is a breeze if you share your computer with an administrative user. You could ask the administrative user to log on to Windows 7 with his username and password and perform the following steps:

  1. Open Windows 7 Start Menu, and click Control Panel.
  2. In the Control Panel, click Add or remove user accounts.
  3. Select the account for which you have lost the password.
  4. Click on Remove the password or Change the password; and then you can remove or change the forgotten or lost password.

Method 2: Use Windows 7 Password Reset Disk

The above password remove/change method is the easiest and quickest way of changing the password that you have forgotten. This method should work for most users, but in case it doesn’t work or you don’t have any other Administrative account on Windows 7 to perform the remove/change password task, then you can use a password reset disk to reset your password.

Windows 7 allows you to create a password reset disk that you can use to reset your forgotten password. However, the preliminary requirement of using this method is that you must have created a password reset disk beforehand. If you do not have the disk, you can not use this method!

However, if you already have a password reset disk, you can follow these simple steps to reset your password:

  1. When you enter a wrong password on Windows 7 logon screen, a message will appear that “The username or password is incorrect”. Click on the OK button, and you’re back to the Windows 7 logon screen.
  2. Plug the password reset disk (USB flash drive) into your computer, and then click on Reset password…
  3. When the Password Reset Wizard opens, click Next.

    Windows Password Reset Wizard

  4. In the next page, select your disk from the drop-down menu, and click Next.
  5. Now you can enter a new password. This password will replace the old password, and everything else about your user account will remain unchanged.
  6. Click Finish to close the Password Reset Wizard.

Method 3: Recover Windows 7 Password with Ophcrack

If you have no other administrative account or a password reset disk to recover Windows 7 password, you have an option of using a third-party password recovery program – Ophcrack, one of the best free Windows password recovery programs available. It is fast and easy enough for anyone with a basic knowledge of Windows.

With Ophcrack, you do not need access to your Windows account to be able to recover the forgotten passwords. You just need to download the ISO image from Ophcrack’s website, burn it to a disc and boot your system from that disc.

Ophcrack

When Ophcrack starts, it gathers information about all the Windows 7 user accounts, and begins to recover the passwords for each account, automatically. The software can take from a few seconds to a few minutes to guess (crack) the password depending on the number of user accounts and the complexity of the password.

Method 4: Use Windows 7 Installation Disc

If none of the above methods work for you, you can use your Windows 7 installation CD/DVD to recover your Windows 7 password. The Windows 7 installation disc can not only install the operating system on your computer but also restores the system to a previous state. If you have created a system backup image before you set your Windows 7 password, the Windows 7 installation disc can help you restore to a state when no password was set.

To restore your Windows 7 to a previous state with a Windows 7 installation disc, here are the steps you will need to take:

  1. Insert the installation CD/DVD into the optical drive of your computer.
  2. Turn on (or restart) your computer, and boot from the CD/DVD.
  3. When the Windows 7 setup starts, choose your language setting, and click Next.
  4. Click Repair your computer.

    Repair Windows 7

  5. Select Restore your computer using a system image that you created earlier.
  6. Click Next.

Now your system will be restored to a previous state, and you will no longer be asked for a password on Windows logon. However, the weak point of using this method is that you will also lose your documents and settings that you created after creating the backup image.

Method 5: Recover Windows 7 Password with PCUnlocker

  1. Download the self-extracting Zip file of PCUnlocker package.
  2. Uncompress the package, there is a ISO image: pcunlocker.iso. Burn it onto a CD/DVD or USB flash drive.
  3. Boot your locked computer from the newly burned CD/DVD or USB flash drive.
  4. Wait until the boot process is finished. When a window pops up with all your Windows accounts, select the target one and click Reset Password button to remove the forgotten password.

    Reset Windows 7 Password

It is annoying when you lose your password. But, with the Windows 7 password recovery methods above, you can recover your password and regain access to your Windows 7 operating system easily.

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Windows 8 UEFI Password Reset

January 19, 2014

Forgot the admin password on Windows 8 UEFI/GPT computer? Most of password recovery bootdisks won’t boot normally any more when dealing with UEFI BIOS. PCUnlocker should be the unique bootdisk which is fully compatible with UEFI/GPT computer. It enables you to reset lost Windows 8 password with a UEFI bootable CD or USB drive.

There are three editions of PCUnlocker: Standard, Pro and Enterprise. But only the Enterprise edition supports UEFI booting. In this tutorial we’re going to show you how to reset lost Windows 8 UEFI password using PCUnlocker Enterprise.

Step 1: Create A UEFI Bootable CD or USB Drive

After purchasing the full version of PCUnlocker Enterprise, you’ll get the download link of PCUnlocker_UEFI_x64.zip. Unzip it and you’ll get the UEFI bootable ISO image of PCUnlocker. Burn the ISO image to a blank CD or USB flash drive using ISO2Disc.

Create A UEFI Bootable CD or USB Drive

Step 2: Boot Your Locked PC from CD/USB Drive

Connect the CD or USB drive to your locked Windows 8 UEFI computer. Turn on the computer and press a key like F12 to bring up the Boot Menu. The exact key depends on your computer. If you can’t find a way to access the Boot Menu, you can either head over to BIOS for changing the boot order: set CD or USB drive as the first boot option.

UEFI Boot Menu

Step 3: Windows 8 UEFI Password Reset

Now the computer will boot from the CD/USB drive. After a while, you’ll see the PCUnlocker program itself, which automatically searches your Windows 8 SAM registry file and locates all Windows 8 user accounts existing on your computer.

Windows 8 UEFI Password Reset

Choose a user account and then click on “Reset Password” button. The program will remove / reset your lost Windows 8 password, as well as unlocking the selected user account in case it is disabled, locked out or expired.

Remove the Live CD/USB drive and restart your computer. Now you can log back into your Windows 8 UEFI computer without a password!

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