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.


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.


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!


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.

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.



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!


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.


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.


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.


  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.


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


  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!

How to Reset Lost Windows 8 Password with Sticky Keys Trick

August 7, 2013

Forgot your Windows 8 login password? How can you recover or reset it without formatting the hard drive? There’s a lot of different ways to accomplish it. Here’s how to reset lost Windows 8 password by using the Sticky Keys trick.

Note: This trick is only intended for experienced users who forgot Windows 8 password. For average computer users, please use the easy-to-use software PCUnlocker to reset lost or forgotten Windows 8 password.

How to Reset Lost Windows 8 Password with Sticky Keys Trick?

  1. Boot your Windows 8 computer from Windows 8 installation disc. When the screen displays the message “Press any key to boot from CD…..”, press Enter key to continue.
  2. As soon as you get to the Windows Setup screen, press the SHIFT + F10 key combination to bring up the Command Prompt.


  3. Type the following command (replace “d:” with the correct drive letter if Windows is not located on D:):
    copy d:\windows\system32\sethc.exe d:\
    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


  5. Now close the Command Prompt, and cancel the Windows Setup application. Eject Windows 8 installation disc and reboot your computer.


  6. When you reach to the Windows 8 login screen. Press the SHIFT key 5 times in a row, this will bring up a Command Prompt instead of the Sticky Keys application.
  7. Enter the following command to change your forgotten Windows 8 password:
    net user top-password.com 123456


    Replace top-password.com with your account’s name, and change the password 123456 with whatever you want.

  8. Congratulation! Now exit the Command Prompt and you can then log on your Windows 8 system with your new password.


So this is how can you change forgotten Windows 8 password with installation disc. Remember to copy the c:\sethc.exe file back to c:\windows\system32\sethc.exe to restore the original sethc.exe file. This trick works with Windows 8, Windows 8 Professional, Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows 8.1.


How to Unlock Windows XP Password with PCUnlocker

August 2, 2013

If you forgot the administrator password on Windows XP and have no other account with administrator rights, things can get tricky. The most primitive method would be reinstall Windows or format the hard drive, but those solutions would wipe out all your data. Luckily, there is a rescue boot utility called PCUnlocker, which can help you unlock Windows XP password easily!

How to Unlock Windows XP Password with PCUnlocker?

1. Download the zipped ISO image of PCUnlocker using another computer you have access to. Unzip the download file and burn the pcunlocker.iso file to a blank CD using ISO2Disc program.

2. Put the PCUnlocker Live CD into the CD drive of the locked Windows XP computer that you’re trying to gain access to. Have the computer to boot from PCUnlocker Live CD.

3. After booting from the Live CD, it will start the PCUnlocker program after a while. Choose a local user account and then click on “Reset Password”. The program will unlock your user account and reset the forgotten Windows XP password instantly.

4. Restart the machine and remove the PCUnlocker Live CD, you can then log on to Windows without a password!

It’s that simple! If your computer doesn’t have a CD drive, you can burn the ISO image of PCUnlocker to USB drive instead, and the password resetting steps are the same as that with a CD.


Forgot Windows 7 Password and No Password Reset Disk

July 19, 2013

Windows password gives a strong liner of safeguard for your computer data. The stronger your password is, more secure your computer will be. However, a strong password sometimes means that you are easier to forget it. This will bring you troubles, even disasters. To avoid the troubles or disasters, you can create a password reset disk for your target Windows user accounts. But here the problem is: what if you forgot Windows 7 password without a password reset disk?

PCUnlocker is professionally designed to fix this problem. It can help you reset any forgotten Windows password for all popular Windows OS. No need to reinstall Windows or resort to others. Just do it on your own. A few minutes required.

What It Is?

PCUnlocker is a reliable Windows password reset application. It can help you reset lost Windows local admin and other user passwords for Windows 7/Vista/XP/2008(R2)/2003(R2)/2000. What’s more, it can also reset your lost domain admin password for Windows server 2008(R2)/2003(R2)/2000 that acts as domain controllers. All PC brands are supported, like HP, Dell, Acer, ThinkPad, Toshiba, etc.

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Overall, it’s a very easy and fast program. No matter what your computing knowledge level is, you can reset your forgotten Windows password in 5 minutes, regardless of the password length and complexity. Besides, it supports USB flash drive in addition to CD/DVD and guarantees 100 secure. No any data loss or damage occurs.

Moreover, it is powerful. It can help you reset Windows local admin, domain admin and other user passwords on all latest Windows platforms.

How to Use It?

PCUnlocker comes as an ISO image. We need to burn it onto a blank CD or USB with ISO2Disc. Set your locked computer to boot from the CD or USB. The bootdisk will find your Windows SAM registry hive and locate all user accounts in your Windows system. You can choose any user account whose password you forgot, and then click Reset Password button to remove your forgotten password.

Bottom Line

If you lost Windows 7 password, this handy tool can efficiently reset the password so that you can get instant access to your locked computer again. After that, please remember to create a password reset disk for your password-protected Windows 7 user accounts.