If there’s some stuff on your hard drive that you’d rather keep private, Lock My Folders can help you out. This program allows you to create an encrypted folder on your PC. Nobody can decrypt and view your files without knowing your password, even they have physical access to your hard drive. No need to worry about your sensitive information if you share your PC with friends or family on occasion.
How to Create Encrypted Folder in Windows 8/7/Vista/XP?
Download and install the Lock My Folders program on your computer. The first time you launch the program, it will prompt you to set a master password that will be used to encrypt your files later on. Enter a password that you can remember as you’ll need it to open and use the program next time.
To create an encrypted folder, click on Add button from within the Lock My Folders program.
In the popup window, type your desired folder name and specify the location where you would like your new secure folder to be created. The location can be a folder on your local hard drive or an external USB drive.
As soon as you clicking OK, your secure folder will be created immediately. Afterwards you can copy and save all your private photos, videos, documents and other confidential files in this secure folder. Windows automatically encrypts your files before storing them on the drive, and decrypts them again when you want to read or modify them.
After you finish working with the secure folder. Just right-click on the secure folder and select “Lock My Folder“. When it’s locked, anyone else who uses your computer are unable to view these files. If you shut down or restart your computer, all your secure folders will also be locked automatically for security reason.
If you need to read or modify your private files, you need to unlock the secure folder firstly. Right-click on the secure folder and select “Unlock My Folder“.
The program will ask you to enter your password. Upon successfully verifying the password, you can then open and access the secure folder again. It’s that simple!
If you forgot Windows Safe Mode password, it can be difficult to recover from and might require special tools and skills. Luckily there is a bootable recovery utility called PCUnlocker which can help you reset any Windows user password easily! Here is walkthrough on how to reset Safe Mode password in Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP and Server operating systems.
Part 1: Create A PCUnlocker Live CD/USB Drive
PCUnlocker exists of a CD image, which needs to burned to a blank CD or USB drive. Before resetting Safe Mode password, you need to use a spare PC to make a PCUnlocker Live CD/USB drive.
- Download and save the PCUnlocker self-extracting Zip file to your desktop, then extract the ISO image file: pcunlocker.iso from the ZIP file.
- Download and install the ISO2Disc utility, a free ISO burning program.
- Launch the ISO2Disc program. Click on Browse button to locate the pcunlocker.iso file, then click the Start Burn button to burn the ISO image to a blank CD or USB flash drive.
Part 2: Change Boot Order in BIOS
- Inset your newly created CD or USB drive into the computer with Safe Mode password you want to reset. 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 CD/DVD. If your created media is a USB drive, set 1st Boot Device to Removable Device.
- Press F10 to save your changes.
Part 3: Reset Windows Safe Mode Password
- After successfully booting from the CD/USB drive, the computer will load the WinPE operating system and take you directly to the PCUnlocker program.
- Simply select your Windows SAM registry hive if multiple operating systems have been installed on the computer, the program will list the Windows user accounts.
- Select the Administrator account and click the Reset Password button. This will enable / reset your Safe Mode administrator password instantly.
- Remove the CD or USB drive and reboot your computer to Safe Mode, you can then log into the built-in administrator account without a password! For domain controller, you can also boot into Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) and login!
By default Windows logon screen will only show two icons. The first icon is the last user who logged on and the second icon always shows “Other User”. When the latter was clicked, two text fields would appear prompting for username and password.
However, some users may not like the feature as it will give away the identity of user who used the computer. Especially on common shared PC, user who forgotten to change the user account on display can accidentally lock other user out if trying too many incorrect password. So here we’re going to show you how to make Windows not display only last login user name.
Method 1: Group Policy Trick
Follow the steps below to tweak the group policy that instructs Windows not to remember and display the last user name who logged in:
- Press the Windows key + R to open the Run box, then type
secpol.mscand press Enter to open the Local Security Policy Editor.
- Navigate to Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options.
- In the right pane, double click on Interactive Logon: Do not display last user name and set it to Enabled.
- Click Apply.
Method 2: Registry Fix
However, Local Security Policy Editor might not be available on Home editions of Windows. In this case, you can use this registry trick instead:
- Press the Windows key + R to open the Run box, then type
regeditand press Enter to open Registry Editor.
- Navigate to the following registry key:
- In the right pane, double click on
dontdisplaylastusernameregistry key value, and set its value data to 1.
Reboot your computer and make your changes take effect. The Windows login screen should now work as expected, showing the avatar for all registered users. Enjoy!
Couldn’t login to your Microsoft Surface Pro 3 after forgotten Windows 8.1 Pro password? Is there a way to crack or reset Surface Pro password without data loss? As Surface Pro 3 uses the latest UEFI firmware, in this tutorial we’ll explain how to reset forgotten Surface Pro 3 password with PCUnlocker, which supports both UEFI booting and password resetting for local/Microsoft account.
How to Reset Windows 8.1 Pro Password on Microsoft Surface Pro 3?
To get PCUnlocker to work, you need to use a spare PC to download the Enterprise edition of PCUnlocker which comes as a self-extracting ZIP file. Unzip the downloaded file and you’ll get a CD image called pcunlocker.iso.
Burn the ISO image to your USB flash drive using the freeware ISO2Disc. Remember to choose the GPT partition style, because MBR-based bootdisk is unable to boot with UEFI mode.
Once you’ve create a PCUnlocker Live USB drive, insert it into the USB port of your Surface Pro 3 tablet. Make sure your tablet is powered off at this point. Press and hold the volume-down button (on the left side of your tablet), then press and release the Power button (on the top). When the Surface logo appears, release the volume-down button. Surface will boot from your USB drive.
After loading the Windows 8 PE from the USB drive, you’ll be taken to the PCUnlocker program. It shows you a list of local accounts that is extracted from your Windows 8.1 SAM registry hive. If you use an email account for signing into your tablet, you can see your email address in the “Description” column of the associated local account.
Select a local account and click on Reset Password button. It will bypass / reset your forgotten login password in no time. If you’ve chosen the local account associated with your email address, the program will assign a new password for your Microsoft account login (Note: this new password can be used to log on your tablet locally).
Now you’ve successfully reset Surface Pro 3 password. Restart the computer and disconnect the USB drive, you can then log on your Surface without a password!
Forgot Windows Vista Home Premium password? Unable to login with the only administrator account on your computer? PCUnlocker is one of the best Windows password recovery tools that can reset Windows Vista Home Premium password easily. Here’s step-by-step tutorial for you to unlock Windows Vista Home Premium in the event your administrator password is lost or forgotten.
- 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.
- Download and install ISO2Disc, a freeware for making bootable CD or USB drive. Run the ISO2Disc program, click on Browse to select the PCUnlocker ISO image.
- Click the Start Burn button to create a Windows Vista password removal disk.
- Insert the password removal disk into your locked Windows Vista computer.
- Turn on the computer. When it is powered on, check the boot-screen for setup key (i.e. Delete key, F12 key, F2 key) to enter BIOS Setup Utility.
- Use the arrow keys to select the BOOT tab, then change the boot device priority. Make sure your BIOS is set to boot from CD or USB before your hard drive.
- Press F10 to save your changes and exit BIOS.
- The computer will then restart from your Vista password removal disk. After a while, you’ll see the PCUnlocker program and it shows you a list of local accounts stored in the Security Accounts Manager (SAM).
- Select a user account from the list and click the Reset Password button. The program will reset Windows Vista password immediately.
- Disconnect the Vista password removal disk and restart your computer. Windows Vista should automatically log you on without asking for a password!
Once you’re logged in, you can go to the Control Panel to change your Vista Home Premium password to something else that you can remember.
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.