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How can Mac Users Reset Lost Windows Password

By | May 10, 2014

Forgot Windows password on a laptop but the only other computer that you have access to is a Mac? Don’t panic. Just create a PCUnlocker Live CD on your Mac and you can then use it boot off Windows machine for resetting lost admin password. Follow these steps and you can reset Windows password from Mac.

How can Mac Users Reset Lost Windows Password?

  1. Click here to download and save the PCUnlocker program on your Mac OS X. The downloaded file is a self-extracting zip archive which contains a WinPE-based ISO image called pcunlocker.iso.
  2. Double-click on the .zip file you have downloaded, Archive Utility should appear and automatically extract your files. Once the files have been extracted, you can find the pcunlocker.iso file in a folder located in the same location as the original .zip file.
  3. Insert a blank CD into your Mac’s optical drive.
  4. Open Finder and navigate to Applications -> Utilities and double-click Disk Utility.

  5. Once the Disk Utility is launched, click the Burn button at the top of Disk Utility in the toolbar.

  6. Choose the pcunlocker.iso file from the pop-up window. Click on Burn and confirm your operation. Sit back and wait while your new disc gets written!

  7. Insert the CD into the CD drive of your locked Windows computer. Boot the computer from the CD.
  8. Once the WinPE operating system inside the CD is loaded into memory, the PCUnlocker application will start. It displays a list of local user accounts that are detected from your Windows SAM database.

  9. Choose your administrator account and click on Reset Password button. It will reset your forgotten Windows admin password immediately.
  10. Click Restart to reboot your computer and remove the CD. You can then log in to your Windows administrator account without a password. Done!

SQL Server: SA Account Locked Out

By | May 8, 2014

Forgot SQL Server login password? SA account is locked out or disabled? In this article I’ll show you 2 methods to unlock SA account in SQL Server. Quickly regain admin access to your SQL Server instance if you’ve forgotten SA password or SA account got locked out or disabled.

Option 1: Unlock SA Account in Management Studio

If the mixed mode authentication is enabled in SQL Server, you can log into SQL Server Management Studio with Windows Authentication, and then unlock any SQL Server user account easily.

  1. Login into SQL Server using Windows Authentication.
  2. In Object Explorer, open Security folder, open Logins folder. Right click on SA account and go to Properties.

    SQL Server Management Studio

  3. In the Login Properties window, uncheck the box beside Login is locked out and click OK.

    Unlock SQL Server SA Account

Option 2: Unlock SA Account with SQL Server Password Changer

SQL Server Password Changer is a powerful recovery utility that can reset lost SQL Server password and unlock any locked-out or disabled user account. You do need to stop your SQL Server instance before following these steps to unlock SA account:

  1. Download SQL Server Password Changer on your local PC, install and launch it.
  2. Click the Open File button. Select the SQL Server master database file (master.mdf). Typically it is located in the folder: C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL10\MSSQL\DATA.
  3. The program will automatically decrypt the master database file and display all user accounts in your SQL Server. Select the SA account, click the Change Password button. Type a new password and click OK.

    SQL Server Password Recovery

  4. The program will reset your SQL Server password, and also unlock your SA account if it’s already locked out or disabled.
  5. Start your SQL Server instance and you can then connect to SQL Server using the SA login.

Reset Forgotten Windows 7 Password without Disk

By | Apr 14, 2014

Forgot your Windows 7 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 7 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 Forgotten Windows 7 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 7 password without a CD or USB drive.

Ever Forget Your Password? How to Enable Built-in Administrator on Windows 7

By | Mar 30, 2014

In Windows 7, the built-in administrator account is hidden by default. If you forgot your password, you are kind of stuck getting into the machine. In this post, I will explain how to offline enable the built-in administrator account in Windows 7, so you can log back on your computer with admin rights.

How to Offline Enable Built-in Administrator on Windows 7?

All you need is to make a Live CD using another computer that you have full access to, then boot your Windows 7 machine from the CD and it allows you to enable the built-in administrator account easily! Here are step-by-step instructions:

Step 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 make a PCUnlocker Live CD or USB drive.Burn ISO Image to CD/DVD or USB flash drive

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

  1. Connect the burned CD or USB drive to 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 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.

Step 3: Enable the Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 7

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

    Enable the Built-in Administrator Account to Log on Windows

  2. Click Yes to confirm your operation. The program will enable the built-in administrator account and also remove its password if it is protected with a password.
  3. Click Restart to reboot the computer and remove the CD or USB drive. You can then log into Windows built-in administrator account without a password.

Recover Saved Passwords from Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari Browsers

By | Mar 27, 2014

Forgot the website passwords that are stored by your web browser? With Password Recovery Bundle you can recover saved passwords from web browsers, including Chrome, Opera, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, SeaMonkey and Flock. This is really useful when you forgot the saved password, or need to transfer your browser saved passwords to another computer.

How to Recover Web Browser Saved Password

  1. Download and install Password Recovery Bundle on your local computer.
  2. After installing, start the Password Recovery Bundle program.

    Password Recovery Bundle

  3. Click the Start Recovery button. It will bring up a drop-down menu with a long list of supported password types, including Chrome / Opera / Firefox / Internet Explorer / Safari / SeaMonkey and Flock passwords.

    Password Recovery Options

  4. Select your desired option. For example, if you want to recover your stored passwords from Chrome, click on the Chrome Password option. The program will display a list of your saved login credentials, including the site URL, username, and password.
  5. After retrieving your browser passwords, you can save them into a text file for safe keeping or future use.

This tool can be used to recover your lost/forgotten password of any website, including Facebook, Yahoo, Google, and Gmail, as long as the password is stored by your web browser.

Reset Windows 7 Admin Password without Admin Rights

By | Feb 28, 2014

There is only one administrator account on your Windows 7 laptop but you forgot the password? How can I change the password without administrator rights? With PCUnlocker Live CD you can regain your computer’s administrator privileges, even if you don’t have the password. To get started, you need to make a PCUnlocker Live CD/USB drive on an alternate PC. Afterwards, you can then use it to boot off your locked computer and change Windows administrator password easily. Here are step-by-step instructions.

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 Burnbutton 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 access. 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: Reset Windows 7 Administrator Password

  1. Shortly after the computer boots up from the CD/USB drive, you’ll see the PCUnlocker screen.

    Reset Windows Password

  2. The program will show a list of local accounts that are stored in Windows SAM registry hive. Select the administrator account and click the Reset Password button to remove your forgotten password.
  3. Click the Restart button to reboot the computer and remove the CD or USB drive. You can then log into Windows administrator account without a password.

PCUnlocker can also be used to change administrator password on Windows Server 2012/2008/2003/2000. I hope this guide helps you out if you ever forget your administrator password and need to regain administrator privileges.

Forgot Windows XP Password and Can’t Login?

By | Feb 19, 2014

Lost Windows XP password and can’t login? This could put you in big trouble especially if you do not have any other OS configured for dual boot and this will prevent you from accessing your files as well. But there are many password recovery tools which can be used even if you do not have access to Windows.

PCUnlocker is one of the best and top rated password recovery tools, which could be used to remove lost Windows 8/7/Vista/XP passwords. This tutorial will guide you through the steps to unlock Windows XP administrator and user passwords with PCUnlocker Live CD/USB drive.

Part 1: Create a Bootable CD or USB Drive

  1. Download the self-extracting .zip archive of PCUnlocker using a working computer with internet connection. Unzip it and you’ll get the pcunlocker.iso file, which contains a WinPE operating system along with the PCUnlocker software for you to reset Windows XP password.
  2. Burn the ISO image to a CD using your favorite CD/DVD burning software such as ImgBurn, BurnCDCC, etc. If you need to make a bootable USB drive, ISO2Disc could be of help.

    Burn ISO Image to CD or USB flash drive

Part 2: Change Boot Order

  1. Turn on 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 CDROM so you can boot from the CD, or choose Removable Device if you want to boot off a USB flash drive.
  3. Press F10 to save your changes.

Part 3: Remove Windows XP Password

  1. After booting your locked Windows XP computer from the CD or USB drive, you’ll see the main interface of the PCUnlocker application immediately.
  2. The application automatically locates Windows accounts inside the SAM registry file of your Windows XP installation. Each account is listed with its account properties to help users recognize if it is locked out, disabled, expired or password protected.Reset Windows XP Password
  3. Select a user account from the list, and click the Reset Password button. It will reset / unlock your lost Windows XP password instantly.
  4. After that’s done, click the Restart button to reboot the computer and remove the CD or USB drive. When you get to the Windows login screen, just left the password blank and you can log on Windows XP successfully.

It’s also a good idea to make a PCUnlocker Live CD or USB drive before you forget Windows login password. So you can use it to reset your lost Windows password anytime even if you are unable to find a working computer for downloading PCUnlocker.

How to Hack Windows 7 Administrator or User Password

By | Feb 12, 2014

Forgot Windows 7 administrator or user password? You can still log into your computer with non-administrator account but can’t install any software? Most of times we might lose access to the administrator account for various reasons. In this guide I’ll show you how to hack Windows 7 administrator or user password in minutes. This hack trick also applies to Windows 8, Vista and XP.

To get started, we need to make a PCUnlocker Live CD which will allow you to boot from it and reset a Windows 7 user account password. This is useful if a user has forgotten their Windows user password or you need to boot a system in an emergency and you do not know the users password (e.g. a member of staff has left work and you need to gain access to their work PC).

PCUnlocker comes as a self-extracting .zip archive. After downloading it, decompress it and you’ll get a CD image (.iso format). Burn the ISO image to a blank CD using the freeware ISO2Disc, ImgBurn or BurnCDCC program.

Make sure the computer you intend to hack is off. Turn on, and instantly pop in the CD you just created. Press one of the function keys (depending on manufacturer) takes you into the BIOS setup (the first splash screen that pops up when you turn on your computer should tell you which one: often F2, F11 or F12.) There, you should look around until you find where you can change the boot order (this differs from company to company depending on your computer brand). Change the boot order, so the computer first boots from CD then from Hard Disk.

Watch as the CD loads. It will load a temporary version of Windows PE on to the RAM. After a while you’ll see the PCUnlocker program which dumps all user accounts existing in your system. Choose a user account you intend to hack, and then click on “Reset Password” button. The program will blank the existing password of that account instantly.

Now you’ve successfully hacked a Windows account password. Restart the machine and reject the CD. You can then log into your desired user account without a password! Done!

How to Reset Windows 8.1 Password If You Forgot It

By | Jan 21, 2014

If you ever find yourself locked out of your Windows 8.1 administrator account because you forgot the password, you’ll know how frustrating it can be when you don’t have a reset disk. There are many Window password recovery Live CDs out there, but most of them are unable to deal with Microsoft account logon credential, or simply don’t work because Windows 8.1 uses UEFI firmware instead of the traditional BIOS.

PCUnlocker is the most powerful Windows password recovery program which not only supports UEFI booting, but also allows you to reset Windows 8.1 password for both local account and Microsoft account. Let’s walk you through the steps of resetting Windows 8.1 password without a reset disk.

Part 1: Create a Bootable CD or USB Drive

  1. Download the self-extracting .zip archive of PCUnlocker using any computer you have still have full access to. Unzip it and you’ll get the pcunlocker.iso file, which contains a WinPE operating system along with the PCUnlocker software for you to reset Windows 8.1 password.
  2. Use the freeware ISO2Disc to burn the ISO image file to a blank CD or USB flash drive.

    Burn ISO Image to CD or USB flash drive

Part 2: Change BIOS Settings

  1. Turn on 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 CDROM so you can boot from the CD, or choose Removable Device if you want to boot off a USB flash drive.
  3. Press F10 to save your changes.

Part 3: Reset Windows 8.1 Password

  1. Boot your locked Windows 8.1 computer from the CD or USB drive, and you’ll see the main interface of the PCUnlocker application immediately.
  2. The application automatically locates all user accounts inside the SAM registry file of your Windows 8.1 installation. If you use a Microsoft account with your Windows 8.1 system, there should be a local account which is linked to your Microsoft account.

    Reset Windows Password

  3. Select a local account from the list, and click the Reset Password button. It will reset your forgotten Windows 8.1 password instantly. To reset a Microsoft account password, you need to choose the local account which is linked to your Microsoft account.
  4. Click the Restart button to reboot the computer and remove the CD or USB drive. You can then log back into Windows 8.1 system with a blank password.

That’s it – you have successfully reset your Windows 8.1 password!

How to Convert AVI to MP4 with Zero Quality Loss

By | Dec 15, 2013

Why do we need to convert AVI to MP4? MP4 is the most commonly supported video format on portable media devices such as iPhone, iPad, HTC, PSP, iPod, tablet and so on. Unlike AVI, MP4 video gives a high quality output and smaller in file size because of its high compression, which makes it the preferred choice of video format in most portable media devices.

Video Converter Assist is a simple yet powerful AVI to MP4 converter which can help you convert AVI to MP4 without any quality loss. Follow the steps below to see how simple it is to perform the AVI to MP4 conversion task in Windows 8/7/Vista/XP.

Part 1: Download and Install Video Converter Assist

  1. Click here to download the setup package of Video Converter Assist and save it in a place that is easy to find, such as your PC desktop.
  2. When the download is complete, double-click the download file to run the installation wizard. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Part 2: Convert AVI to MP4 Video in 3 Steps

  1. Launch the Video Converter Assist program. Click the “Add File” button to add your .AVI 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 AVI to MP4

  3. Click the “Convert Now!” button to begin your conversion. After the AVI to MP4 conversion is complete, you can go to the output folder to play the converted MP4 video files, or sync them to your portable devices.

If you have some MP4 files that you need to convert to AVI, Video Converter Assist can also help you encode them for playing on your Mac – the resulting output files will be playable on any Mac or Windows computer.

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