If you didn’t already know it you should be aware that the password protection on your PC is about as much use as a chocolate teapot. There are things you can do to make it harder for anyone to get at your files, and we’ll come to that in a moment but first, at one time or another many of us forget our logon password. Faced with an inaccessible PC, some users resort to drastic action, like re-installing Windows.
There’s really no need, blanking the password using a special type of Linux boot disc is fairly straightforward. Cracking a password takes a little longer but again it’s easy enough if you know what to do, and one way is to use another Linux live CD boot utility called Ophcrack. Download the .iso file and use a utility like Imgburn to create a CD. Just boot the PC from the CD and watch it hack away at your password. Most times it only take a few seconds to crack a 4 – 6 character password otherwise it might take a few minutes but if you thought your PC was protected, think again, it’s scary stuff. More »
In order to preserve access to any encrypted data and stored passwords that a user might have, it is preferable to try and recover a user password rather than change or remove the password.
Windows 7 provides two ways to recover user passwords:
Password Hint A hint can be accessed on the Welcome screen. Ordinarily, the Welcome screen is displayed when the computer is started and no one is logged on. If someone is logged on to the workstation, ask him or her to log off. Click the user’s name to display the Password prompt, and then click the blue enter button to display the password hint. Hopefully, the password hint will help the user remember the password. If it doesn’t, you need to use a password reset disk. More »
Most of us have a PC at home and one at work. We use our work PC most of the times and home PC comparatively less. Did it ever happen to you that you forgot your Windows 7 Password ? Maybe you go for a month long vacations or business trip and when you are back, you may forget some of your passwords to the home Windows 7 PC.
We tend to have lots of passwords at work, online and at various computers. So to save yourself from a locked out situation, we recommend that you create a password reset disk.
In this article, I will share with you a very simple method to create a Windows 7 Password Reset Pen Drive. So next time you are locked out of Windows 7 at the login screen, you can plug in this USB pen drive in your computer and reset the Windows Password.
To create a Windows 7 Password reset pen drive, i advice to have a small capacity pen drive which is cheap and you should keep it at a safe place, but not so safe that you forget where you kept it when you need it sometime in future. More »
Use an administrator account to reset the password
If you have forgotten your password to a user account, but you or another person can still log on to the administrator account, then you can change it there. To do this, follow these steps:
1. Log on to the administrator account.
2. Click on the Start button and type in lusrmgr.msc into Start Search.
3. Double-click Local Users and Groups, and then click Users.
4. Right-click the account that you want to reset the password for, and then click Set Password.
5. Type in and confirm the new password.
Please note that these steps do not work in Windows Vista Home Basic and Windows Vista Home Premium. More »