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!
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
- 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.
- Use the freeware ISO2Disc to burn the ISO image file to a blank CD or USB flash drive.
Part 2: Change BIOS Settings
- 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.
- 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.
- Press F10 to save your changes.
Part 3: Reset Windows 8.1 Password
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Simply choose “MPEG-4 Video Files (*.mp4)” as the output format, and then specify an output folder for saving the converted .MP4 video files.
- 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.
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 7?
- Download the Protect My Folders application. Install it on your computer.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
How do I change standard user to administrator in Windows 7? 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 7.
Option 1: Change Standard User Account to Administrator from Computer Management
If you can login to Windows 7 using an alternate administrator account, you can elevate any standard user to administrator easily by following these steps:
- Right-click on Computer icon from the Desktop and select Manage.
- Navigate to Local Users and Groups -> Users and double-click on the user account where you want to promote.
- Switch to the Member Of tab. Click on Add button to add the Administrators group.
- Now you’ve successfully changed a standard user account to administrator.
Option 2: Change Standard User Account to Administrator with PCUnlocker
If you can’t login to Windows 7 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Now restart the computer and remove the CD. You can then log back into Windows 7 and perform any administrative tasks. Because you’ve already changed your standard user account to administrator! It’s that simple!
Forgetting your Windows VM password is not really something that happens too often, but it can happen, especially if you are administering many virtual machines and need to remember a lot of passwords. This can be a serious issue if you have very important data on the VM that you can’t afford to lose. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to reset forgotten Windows VM password in VMware ESX / vSphere.
How to Reset Windows VM Password in VMware ESX / vSphere?
- Download the zipped ISO image of PCUnlocker and save it on your physical machine. Unzip the download file and you’ll get a bootable ISO image file: pcunlocker.iso.
- Open up your VMWare vSphere Client and log into your ESX server. Turn off the virtual machine that you want to reset password for if it is running. Right-click the virtual machine and select “Edit Settings”.
- In the Hardware tab, select the “CD/DVD drive 1″. Under Device Type, check the “Client Device” to enable remote CD drive.
- Switch to the Options tab, then select the “Boot Options”. Under the “Power-on Boot Delay” you can specify how long the delay will be when you start / restart a VM. I’ve set 2s delay on booting to give myself time to press the Esc key to access the Boot Menu.
- Power on your virtual machine, it should display a BIOS screen with options at the bottom and a counter. press Esc key to access the Boot Menu.
- In the top menu of vSphere client, click on the CD-ROM icon and select “CD/DVD Drive 1″ -> “Connect to ISO image on local disk”. Browse to the pcunlocker.iso file you’ve downloaded and click Open. The image is now mounted.
- Choose the CD-ROM Drive from the Boot Menu and press Enter. It will boot off of the CD image.
- In less than one minute, PCUnlocker program will start and it displays a list of Windows local accounts existing in your virtual machine. Choose a user account and click on “Reset Password” button. It will unlock / reset your forgotten Windows password instantly.
- Restart the virtual machine. you can then log back in to your VMware vSphere virtual machine without a password! It’s that simple!
If your Windows user account expires, then you’ll receive the error message “The user’s account has expired” when you try to log on with a expired Windows account.
In this situation, if you can log on using an alternate administrator account, you can then turn off the user account expiration easily by running the following command from an elevated Command Prompt:
net user Tom /expires:never
Replace Tom with your actual account’s name. However, things can get tricky if you don’t have an alternate admin account. But there is always solution for every problem. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to log in to Windows by turning off user account expiration from a bootable CD.
PCUnlocker is a bootable CD that is widely used to reset lost Windows password, but it can also be used to turn off user account expiration, enable a disabled account and unlock a locked-out user.
How to Unlock A Expired Windows User Account with PCUnlocker?
- Download the zipped ISO image of PCUnlocker using an alternate computer. Extract the pcunlocker.iso from the download file, and then burn it to a CD using ISO2Disc program.
- Now connect the CD to your computer that you’re trying gain access to. Change the boot order in BIOS and get the computer to boot from CD.
- Once booting from the CD, it will start the PCUnlocker program itself in less than one minute. The program automatically locates your Windows user account and displays the account properties. You can see the password expiration option, but the account expiration option is not shown on screen.
- Choose a user account and then click on “Reset Password” button. The program will then reset the password, unlock/enable a locked-out or disabled account, and turn off the account expiration.
- Restart your computer and remove the CD. You can then successfully log back in to your Windows account without any problem. It’s that simple!
Can’t log on to your computer because your Windows user account is locked out? A locked user account in Windows remains locked for some duration which depending on the settings of your account lockout policy. It automatically unlocks after the given duration. But if you set the lockout duration to 0 minutes, the locked user account in Windows does not unlock itself. How to get out of this situation without reinstalling Windows?
Luckily there is a bootable CD called PCUnlocker, which allows you to unlock a locked Windows user account easily! It saves all your important data and time instead of reinstalling windows.
How to Unlock A Locked Windows User Account?
Step #1: Because you’re already locked out of Windows user account, you’re not allowed to do anything with the locked computer. To get started, you need to use another computer to create a PCUnlocker Boot CD. Download the zipped ISO image of PCUnlocker. Extract the pcunlocker.iso from the download .zip archive, then burn the ISO image to a blank CD using ISO2Disc program.
Step #2: Take out the PCUnlocker Boot CD and connect it to your locked computer. Turn on the computer and get it to boot from CD drive. To achieve this, you may need to change the boot order in the computer’s BIOS.
Step #3: Once you boot the computer from CD, it will start the PCUnlocker program after about one minutes. The program locates your Windows SAM registry hive and display the account properties (account locked out? disabled? or expired?) of Windows local user accounts.
Step #4: Choose a user account which is shown as locked out, and click on “Reset Password” button. The program will unlock your locked Windows user account immediately, and also reset the number of invalid password attempts which is recorded in Windows.
Step #5: Restart the computer and eject the PCUnlocker Live CD. You can then log back on to your Windows user account without a password! It’s that simple!
Have you disabled the Windows 7 administrator account and can’t log on to your computer? Need to enable the the built-in administrator account for troubleshooting purposes? There are many situations that we need to enable Windows 7 administrator account without logging in. Here is an easy fix.
How to Enable Windows 7 Administrator Account without Logging In?
- First of all, you need to create a PCUnlocker Boot CD using another computer. Download and install Password Recovery Bundle on the computer. Launch the program and click on “Windows Password” button, it will display a new window which enables you to create a PCUnlocker Boot CD easily.
- Put the PCUnlocker Boot CD in the optical drive of the locked computer that you’re trying to gain access to. Set your optical drive as the first boot device in BIOS. Start the computer and it will boot from PCUnlocker Boot CD then.
- After a while, the program inside the Boot CD will launch. It automatically finds all Windows user accounts on your system, and display user account properties for each user: Locked Out, Disabled and Never Expire.
- Choose your administrator account that is disabled, and then click on “Reset Password” button. The program will enable the administrator account and also remove the password.
- Restart the computer and remove the PCUnlocker Boot CD. You can then start your computer and log back in to your administrator account with a blank password.
So that is how can you enable / activate Windows administrator account without logging in. It’s very useful when you’re unable to log on your computer, or you can only log in with Guest account but don’t have administrator privileges. If you can log in to Windows with administrator privileges, then you can enable / disable Windows administrator account easily from Command Prompt.
Forgot Windows 8 administrator password on your Surface Pro? It can cause huge amount of headaches because Windows 8 PCs use a new technology called UEFI Secure Boot that only supports UEFI compatible boot devices. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to reset Windows 8 administrator password on Surface Pro in case your password is lost or forgotten.
How to Reset Windows 8 Administrator Password on Surface Pro?
Download the zipped ISO image of PCUnlocker on an alternate PC you have access to. Unzipping the download file and you’ll find a bootable ISO image file: pcunlocker.iso. We have to burn this ISO image to your USB flash drive.
Download and install ISO2Disc on your computer, and then start ISO2Disc program. Click on Browse button to select the ISO image file of PCUnlocker, then choose your USB drive and select GPT from the partition style drop-down box. Click on Burn. A UEFI bootable password reset USB drive will be created immediately.
After creating a UEFI bootable USB drive, boot your Microsoft Surface Pro tablet from it. Just hold down the volume-down (-) button as you press the Power button. Once you see the Surface logo, release volume button and now it will boot from your USB drive.
The computer will load the 64-bit UEFI capable operating system inside the USB drive. After a while, you’ll see the PCUnlocker program open up, which shows you a list of user accounts existing on your Windows 8 Surface Pro.
Select the administrator account and then click on Reset Password button. It will unlock / reset your Windows 8 administrator password in no time. Unplug the USB drive and restart the Surface Pro, you can then log back into Windows 8 administrator account without a password! So this is how can you reset forgotten Windows 8 password on Surface Pro.