Can’t remember your Windows XP login password? As you all know without knowing the current password we are unable to change Windows password. Today I am going to show you two easy ways to change Windows XP password without knowing the old password.
Option 1: Change Windows XP Password from Command Prompt
This is an especially handy trick if you want to change a password on an account but you’ve forgotten the old password (going through the Control Panel can require confirmation of the old password). You need to have admin access to perform this change from the command line.
- Open an elevated Command Prompt. Click on Start button, go to All Programs -> Accessories and right click on Command Prompt and select “Run as Administrator” from context menu.
- You can use the net usercommand to change Windows password easily, without supplying the old password:
net user username new_password
Replace username with your Windows account name, and new_password with your desired new password.
If you’re totally locked out of Windows XP, you’re unable to run any program such as command line tool to change your password. In this situation, you need to use a bootable media to change Windows password.
Option 2: Change Windows XP Password with PCUnlocker
PCUnlocker is a bootable utility that can reset the password of any Windows user account. It works with all versions of Windows, including Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP. Follow these steps and you can change Windows password without knowing the old password:
- First of all, you need to use another PC to download the PCUnlocker program, which comes as a bootable CD image. Burn the ISO image to a blank CD or USB drive using the ISO2Disc utility.
- Insert the newly burned CD or USB drive into your target computer, and set it to boot from CD/USB.
- Once you’ve booted into the CD/USB drive, you’ll be presented with the screen of PCUnlocker. This program automatically locates the SAM database file for your installed Windows operating system, and shows you a list of local user accounts.
- Select a user account and click on Reset Password button. It will remove your old password immediately. Restart the computer and you can then log into your Windows XP account without typing a password!
Locked out of your Sony Vaio laptop and can’t login to Windows 8? How can I access my Sony Vaio tablet if I have forgotten the password? Problem begins when ever you not having the password reset disk with you or not yet created. Even though it seems a huge problem, it is still not so tough to bypass Windows 8 password.
Here I’m going to explain how to reset Sony Vaio Windows 8 password with PCUnlocker Live CD or USB drive. This method works with all Sony Vaio laptops and tablets, including UEFI-based computers.
Part 1: Create A PCUnlocker Live CD/USB Drive
- Before resetting Sony Vaio password, you need to use another computer to make a PCUnlocker boot media. Simply download the trial version of PCUnlocker Enterprise, unzip the downloaded file and you’ll get an ISO image file called pcunlocker.iso.
- Next download and install the freeware ISO2Disc. Run the ISO2Disc program, click on Browse button to select the PCUnlocker ISO image.
- To make a PCUnlocker Live CD, simply select Burn to CD/DVD and click on Start Burn. However, if you don’t have a blank CD at hand, you can make a GPT bootable USB drive: Choose your USB drive and select GPT partition style, and then click on Start Burn.
Part 2: Reset Sony Vaio Windows 8 Password
- Plug the USB drive into a USB port of your Sony Vaio laptop or tablet, or put the CD in the optical drive if you’ve created a Live CD.
- When the computer is turned off, press the Assist button at the top of the keyboard, and you’re greeted with Sony’s VAIO Care utility.
- Select the Start from media (USB device/optical disc) [F11] option to proceed. Now the computer starts to boot from the CD or USB drive.
- After one or two minutes, you’ll see the PCUnlocker program and it shows you a list of local accounts existing on your Sony Vaio laptop or tablet.
- 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 Sony Vaio computer, choose the local account associated to your Microsoft account and then reset its password.
Restart your Sony Vaio laptop or tablet and disconnect the PCUnlocker boot media. You can then log in to your Windows 8 system without a password. It’s that easy!
Forgot Windows 8 admin password for your Lenovo IdeaPad laptop? It turns out that resetting lost Windows account password is frighteningly easy, as long as you have physical access to the machine. In this tutorial I’ll walk you through the steps to reset Windows 8 password on Lenovo IdeaPad with UEFI BIOS.
How to Reset Windows 8 Password on Lenovo IdeaPad with UEFI BIOS?
- First of all, use another computer to download the PCUnlocker program, which comes as a self-extracting .zip file. After the file has downloaded, extract the pcunlocker.iso file from it. Burn the ISO image to a blank CD using your preferred CD burning program such as ISO2Disc.
- Put your newly created CD in the CD drive of your Lenovo IdeaPad laptop. When the laptop is powered off, press the Novo button. This will start up the laptop and provide you with the Novo button menu.
- Choose BIOS Setup from the Novo button menu, and press Enter.
- In the BIOS Setup, select the Security tab and change Secure Boot value to Disabled.
- Next, on the Boot tab, change the Boot Mode from UEFI to Legacy Support.
- You can now save and exit the BIOS, but the laptop will go straight to booting again, so you’ll need to shutdown or power it off in order to use the Novo button again. This time choose Boot Menu from the Novo button menu, and then select to boot from the CD drive.
- After booting the laptop from the CD, it loads the Windows PE operating system and finally opens up the PCUnlocker program. The program automatically detects the operating system installed on your hard drive, and then displays a list of Windows 8 local user accounts.
- Choose one of your administrator accounts and click on Reset Password button. The program will unlock your selected account and reset the password immediately. Eject the CD and restart your computer. Enter into BIOS Setup and change the BIOS Mode back to UEFI.
- Now you’ve successfully reset Windows 8 Password on Lenovo IdeaPad with UEFI BIOS, and you can log back into Windows 8 without a password! Enjoy it!
Lost or forgot your SA password? The SA account got locked out or disabled after too many login attempts? Don’t panic. With SQL Server Password Changer you can reset SA password and unlock your SQL Server account easily. In this tutorial I’ll show you how to unlock SA password in SQL Server 2008 Express.
How to Unlock SA Password in SQL Server 2008 Express?
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. By default, 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 assign your new password to the SA account, 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!
Forgot your Windows 8 password and can’t log in with any sign-in option? Is there any Windows 8 password recovery software to reset or crack the password? Don’t panic. This article will explain how to reset lost Windows 8 local account, Microsoft account, PIN and Picture Password with ease.
1. Local Account
Local account password is stored in the SAM file using NT/LM hash. SAM is part of the Windows registry that is located in c:\windows\system32\config\. The SAM file is locked and cannot be accessed when the operating system is loaded. However, it is fully accessible if the computer is booted from a live recovery disk such as PCUnlocker.
PCUnlocker is a WinPE-based utility with simple graphical user interface. The program works offline and it creates its own boot environment. Once you boot into PCUnlocker Live CD, you can unlock / reset lost password of any user account on Windows 8.1 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP.
2. Microsoft Account
In Windows 8 / 8.1, you can link a local account to your Microsoft account or create a brand new Microsoft account. After forgetting the Microsoft account password, you can reset it online via the Microsoft Account Password Reset page. But what to do if your Microsoft account is compromised or hacked?
Just like the domain logons, Windows caches the Microsoft account password locally which makes it possible to login without Internet connection. If you’re locked out of Windows 8, you can also reset the cached Microsoft account password with PCUnlocker, which allows you to log on to Windows 8 with a new password.
3. Picture Password and PIN
During Windows 8 installation, we must first create a local account or Microsoft account and then optionally set up a PIN or Picture Password. So if you’ve forgotten your PIN code or Picture Password, click Switch to password button on the picture logon screen and you can then use a local / Microsoft account to login.
Picture Password and PIN logon seem to be more secure than a local account. However, these two types of passwords are stored using reversible encryption, and you can decrypt and recover Windows 8 Picture Password and PIN easily as long as you can log into Windows with admin rights.
Forgot the website passwords that are stored by your web browser? With Password Recovery Bundle you can recover saved passwords from web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, SeaMonkey and Flock. This tool is particularly handy for those sites for which you’ve saved the password but long since forgotten what it is.
How to Reveal Saved Passwords in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome?
- Download and install Password Recovery Bundle on your local computer.
- After installing, start the Password Recovery Bundle program.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Can I recover email account password from SeaMonkey? Forgot the password stored in SeaMonkey but you need to use your email account on another computer? Don’t worry! There is an easy way to decrypt and extract passwords from SeaMonkey profile. With the Firefox Password Recovery program you can retrieve SeaMonkey password easily!
Firefox Password Recovery is small utility that allows you to recover saved passwords from Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey, Flock. Here we’ll walk you through the process of recovering SeaMonkey saved passwords.
How to Retrieve SeaMonkey Saved Passwords?
- Download the setup package of Firefox Password Recovery program on your computer.
- Once you’ve downloaded it, double-click the setup file to install it.
- Start the Firefox Password Recovery program. Click on the Start Recovery button, it will provide you with 5 recovery options.
- Choose the Recover SeaMonkey Password option. It will automatically find your SeaMonkey profile and retrieve all the saved passwords of your email accounts immediately.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
We are needing to perform a repair installation of our MS SQL Server 2012 installation and cannot locate our original product key. Is there some way in which we can recover our product key from the existing machine’s registry before we uninstall and re-install the software?
Lost of misplaced your SQL Server 2012 CD key? Is there any way to recover the product key from an installed instance of SQL Server 2012? Beginning with SQL Server 2005, Microsoft started encrypting the product key in the registry which means you won’t be able to find it that way. But don’t worry, you can recover it easily with Product Key Finder program.
How to Recover SQL Server 2012 Product Key (CD Key)?
- Download and install Product Key Finder, and then start the program.
- Click the Start Recovery button, it will bring up a drop-down menu that provides three recovery mode: From current system, From non-booting system and From remote computer.
- Select the From current system mode from the drop-down menu. This program will automatically scan your Windows registry, quickly find your lost SQL Server 2012 product key, along with license keys of Windows, Office and other programs.
- Now click on the Save To File button. It allows you to export the product keys into a text file.
In addition to find SQL Server CD key, this great little utility also retrieves the product keys for Windows 8/7/Vista/XP, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office and many other applications.