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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How to Convert A Video from MPEG/MPG to MP4

December 16, 2013

If you’ve got a bunch of MPEG or MPG video files in your PC and you want to play them on your iPhone or iPad, then you’ll have to convert MPEG/MPG to MP4 files with a MPEG to MP4 video converter. In this article we’ll explore the differences between MPEG and MP4 formats, and then show you how to convert a video from MPEG/MPG to MP4.

MPEG vs. MP4

  • MPEG, short for the Motion Picture Experts Group, standards address audio and video formats used online, in television broadcasts, and in DVD media. MPEG is a common digital video format typically incorporates MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 audio and video compression. MPEG-1 is the video format that has had some extremely popular spin-offs and side products, most notably MP3 and Video CD. MPEG-2 is not a successor for MPEG-1, but an addition instead. MPEG-2 is used in digital TVs, DVD-Videos and in SVCDs.
  • MP4 is short for Moving Picture Expert Group-4. MP4 is a container format that can store video, audio and subtitle data (as well as more depending on content) and allows you to combine different multimedia streams into one single file. This new technology is going to make video files decrease in size so that they are easier to work with and support. And it is used with iPod and PlayStation Portable (PSP), MP4 files have become more common.

How to Convert MPEG/MPG to MP4

Video Converter Assist is a powerful MPEG/MP4 video converter. It can convert MPEG/MPG videos to MP4 format with high quality at fast speed. Besides, it also convert MP4 back to MPEG/MPG without losing quality. Here are step-by-step instructions to convert your MPEG/MPG video to MP4:

  1. Launch the Video Converter Assist program. Click the “Add File” button to add your .MPG or .MPEG video files on your computer. This program supports batch conversion and allows you to convert multiple video files at one time.
  2. Simply choose “MPEG-4 Video Files (*.mp4)” as the output format, and then specify an output folder for saving the converted .MP4 video files.Convert MPG/MPEG to MP4
  3. Click the “Convert Now!” button to begin your conversion. After the MPEG to MP4 conversion is complete, you can go to the output folder to play the converted MP4 video files, or sync them to your iPhone, iPad or other portable devices.
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Forgot Windows Password and No Reset Disk?

October 30, 2013

Forgot Windows password and don’t have a password reset disk? Windows has a built-in password reset feature, which allows you to reset forgotten Windows password easily. But you need to create a password reset disk before you forget Windows password. But Many people may not be aware of do the preparation, so they tend to run into the situation of forgetting Windows password without reset disk.

Here we’ll discuss on how to reset Windows 8/7/Vista/XP password easily if you forgot Windows password and don’t have a password reset disk. So you can regain access to your computer without formatting or reinstalling the entire operating system.

How to Reset Forgotten Windows Password without Reset Disk?

First of all, choose a software tool that can help you solve this forgotten Windows password problem. If you don’t have option in front of you, PCUnlocker is recommended. It will let you boot your computer and reset the password without changing anything else on your computer. Here are the steps:

  1. Download the self-extracting Zip file of PCUnlocker program.
  2. Unzip the download file, there is an ISO image: pcunlocker.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 CD or USB flash drive.
  4. Wait until the boot process is complete. When a window pops up with all your Windows user accounts, select an user account and then click the “Reset Password” button.
  5. It will reset your forgotten Windows password immediately.

Now all things are done, reboot the computer as usual and you can get into the system without being asking for any password. The forgotten Windows password has been removed. If you are about to set a new password, make sure it’s safe and you’ll never forget it again.

http://www.top-password.com/reset-windows-password.html

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How to Lock and Password Protect Your Folder in Windows

September 24, 2013

I have a little sister who enjoys deleting folders and files that are important to me. I need an easy way to password protect my folders! How do I protect my folders and files from being deleted, or hide them from my sister?

We all have files on our system that are valuable to us and that we do not want to lose. This can be anything imaginable, from Office documents to images or video files. Luckily there is a simple program called Protect My Folders, which allows you to lock and password protect your folders. It prevents your data from being accessed, misused, moved, copied, altered or deleted. All of your protected folders and files remain inaccessible without your password.

How to Lock and Password Protect Your Folder in Windows?

  1. Download the Protect My Folders application. Install it on your computer.
  2. For the first time usage, it will ask you to set a password to prevent others from accessing this application. Just enter the password to open main interface.

    Lock and Password Protect any Windows Folder

  3. Now, click the “Add/Lock” button, the Add Files and Folders dialog will appear. Select a folder and file you want to lock and press OK.
  4. Now you’ll notice the selected folder or file has disappeared from its former location. Even if you try to copy, delete, move or rename the parent directory of your protected folder or file, you’ll keep getting the “Access Denied” error.
  5. Exit the Protect My Folders application. The protected folder or file remains protected.

Beside locking your folders or files with password, Protect My Folder program can also help you hide your folders so that no one will ever know that they exist. It’s that simple!

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Differences Among Administrator, Standard, and Guest Accounts in Windows

August 25, 2013

There are three different types of accounts to a computer: administrator, standard and guest. You might wonder what’s the difference among them or what function is limited to each type. Let’s take a look at them one by one:

Administrator Account

As an administrator, you’re allowed to customize Windows freely; you can make any change to the computer: install or uninstall software and hardware you like, access to all files on the computer, and can also delete, or change other user accounts.

It seems like administrator user is the host of the computer, while others are guests. However, it’s more secure to operate the computer using a standard user account than administrator account. Why?

Standard Account

Using a standard account is more secure than using administrator account. Standard users can only customize their own user account, which means they can’t act on their own to make changes to the computer system, or security of the computer. Once they need to they have to ask for permission form an administrator first, and only with the password given by administrator can standard user do such operations.

As a standard account user you are allowed to use most of the capabilities of the computer, but can’t make changes to them, such as install or uninstall programs.

Guest Account

A guest account user can only use the computer temporarily, and can perform almost no customization. As a guest account user, you can’t make any changes to the computer or access any personal files on the computer. Unlike standard user account, no permissions can be given to guest user account to change any settings on the computer.

Conclusion

If you add a standard user account into the administrators group, it will gain the same administrative privileges as administrator account. In Windows XP and Windows 2003, you can even promote a guest account to administrator, but this is not allowed since Windows Vista.

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2 Options to Change Standard User Account to Administrator in Windows 8

August 23, 2013

How do I change standard user to administrator in Windows 8? You may have changed from administrator to standard user and you can not revert the change. In this tutorial we’ll show you 2 options to promote standard user account to administrator in Windows 8.

Option 1: Change Standard User Account to Administrator from Control Panel

If you can login to Windows 8 using an alternate administrator account, you can elevate any standard user to administrator easily by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows + X key combination to bring up the Power User menu. Click on Control Panel.
  2. Under Control Panel, click on the “Change account type” link under the User Accounts and Family Safety section.

    control-panel

  3. In the Manage Accounts window, click on the standard user account you want to change.
  4. On the next screen, click on the “Change the account type” link on the left column.

    change-account-type

  5. In the Change Account Type window, select the “Administrator” option and then click on “Change Account Type” button.

    change-standard-user-to-admin

  6. Now you’ve successfully changed a standard user account to administrator in Windows 8.

Option 2: Change Standard User Account to Administrator with PCUnlocker

If you can’t login to Windows 8 with any administrator account, you can also promote a standard user to administrator easily. But this requires you to have a bootable password recovery CD called PCUnlocker. Let’s see how it works:

  1. First of all, you need to use another computer to make a PCUnlocker Boot CD. Download the ISO image of PCUnlocker and burn it to a CD using ISO2Disc program.
  2. Boot your target PC from PCUnlocker Boot CD. Once the booting process is complete, the PCUnlocker program will start and show you a list of Windows accounts existing in your Windows SAM file.
  3. Choose a standard user account and click on “Reset Password” button. The program will remove your password and also promote your user account to administrator.

  4. Now restart the computer and remove the CD. You can then log back into Windows 8 and perform any administrative tasks. Because you’ve already changed your standard user account to administrator! It’s that simple!
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