Locked out of Windows XP system and couldn’t login? How to log on to Windows XP if you forgot the administrator password? PCUnlocker is an amazing bootdisk that can help you remove Windows XP logon password, and unlock a disabled, locked or expired user account.
To get the software to work, you will need to make a PCUnlocker Live CD from another computer. Boot your locked Windows XP system from the Live CD and you can easily bypass forgotten logon password in the Security Accounts Manager (SAM). These instructions are written assuming a bootable CD is being used, but are essentially the same for a bootable USB drive.
How to Bypass Windows XP Logon Password?
- Download the PCUnlocker software using an alternative computer. Once downloaded, extract the ISO file (pcunlocker.iso) from the ZIP file.
- Next download and install ISO2Disc, a freeware for making bootable CD or USB drive. Run the ISO2Disc program, click on Browse button to select the PCUnlocker ISO image.
- Choose your CD/DVD recorder and click on Start Burn to make a PCUnlocker Live CD.
- After you’ve created a PCUnlocker Live CD, put it in the CD drive of the locked Windows XP computer you want to bypass the password for.
- Power on the computer and quickly press the key indicated in the POST screen (i.e. DELETE key, F2 key, F12 key) to enter BIOS Setup. The exact key depends on your computer – if you don’t see the appropriate key displayed on your screen, consult your computer’s manual.
- Once you’re in the BIOS Setup, go to the Boot menu. Change the boot sequence and set your computer to boot from CD/DVD first.
- Press F10 to save your changes and exit the BIOS.
- The computer will then restart from PCUnlocker Live CD. 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).
- Choose a user and click Reset Password button, the program will unlock / bypass your forgotten Windows XP logon password immediately.
- Now take out the Live CD. The next time you boot, Windows XP will load up on its own without asking for a password. If you’re on a multi-user computer, the logon screen will still appear after starting Windows XP but when you click on the user that had the password removed, you will not be prompted for a password and will instead enter Windows automatically.
If you don’t see your desired user on the Windows XP Welcome screen, press Ctrl+Alt+Del twice to display the classic logon dialog and you will be able to type both user name and password.
Lost your Windows 8 password and don’t have a reset disk? Fortunately, there is a rescue CD called PCUnlocker which can help you reset Windows 8 password easily. Basically PCUnlocker is a bootable ISO image that you have to write it on a CD or USB flash drive, which contains a WinPE operating system and a password recovery tool that allow you to have access to the Windows SAM file.
Here are step-by-step instructions to unlock Windows 8 if you forgot Windows 8 password and no reset disk:
- First, you need to use another computer to download the zipped ISO image of PCUnlocker. Extract the downloaded file locally and then burn the resulting .iso file to a CD-ROM (or USB flash drive) using ISO2Discprogram.
- Insert the PCUnlocker Live CD into your locked Windows 8 computer and boot from it. You may have to change the computer’s boot order in the BIOS in order to boot from the CD.
- If you boot from the CD successfully, the computer will load the contents of the CD drive, and finally start the PCUnlocker program. This program automatically detects your Windows installation and displays all Windows local accounts which are stored in the SAM registry hive.
- Choose a local account and click on “Reset Password” button. The program will reset your forgotten password instantly. If you’re using a Microsoft account with your Windows 8 system, please choose the local account which is linked to your Microsoft account and then reset the password.
- Restart your computer and remove the PCUnlocker Live CD. You can then log back into Windows 8 successfully.
PCUnlocker is a professional Windows password recovery tools for both technicians and computer beginners. Comparing to password reset disk, it’s much more powerful and every technicians should have it into their toolkit. Just with a PCUnlocker Live CD, you can reset forgotten Windows 8/7/Vista/XP password on any computer.
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 / reset SA password in SQL Server 2008.
How to Reset SA Password in SQL Server 2008?
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 7 password or someone changes it without your knowledge? In such situations, you will be locked out of Windows 7. This tutorial covers the process of recovering Windows 7 password even after you forget the administrator password. Like previous versions of Windows, Windows 7 stores the encrypted user account passwords in a file called SAM. This file is commonly found in \windows\system32\config, which is in a binary format and not easily accessible. We will be using a utility called Reset Windows Password to perform the recovery.
- A blank CD/DVD or a USB flash drive.
- Another PC where you can burn the software provided here to CD/DVD or the USB flash drive..
- A basic know how about how to change the Boot Priority in BIOS.
Windows 7 Password Recovery
This method can enable you to reset/remove forgotten Windows 7 password in minutes, but it cannot tell you what the password for an account actually is. Reset Windows Password utility woks by overwriting the password hash in your SAM file so you can then log back to your account with a blank/empty password. Here are the Windows 7 password recovery steps:
First, download the Reset Windows Password utility on another PC in order to make a bootable Windows 7 password recovery CD/USB drive.
After the download is complete, extract the ISO image file from the zip and burn the ISO to a CD or DVD using your favorite CD Burning utility such as ISO2Disc.
Now move to the Windows 7 PC you want to reset the password, either insert the CD/DVD or the USB flash drive what you opted for and select it as the first boot device in computer BIOS.
Once you have booted into it you will see that the computer is loading the Windows PE operating system inside the CD/USB drive. After one or two minutes, the Reset Windows Password program will open up and automatically detect the SAM registry files for all your Windows installations.
Choose the SAM registry file for your Windows 7 installation, it will show you all the user accounts that are associated with your Windows system. Select the user account you forgot password of, and then click on “Reset Password” button. It will remove/reset your forgotten Windows 7 password instantly!
After you are completed with all the above steps successfully, remove the Windows 7 password recovery CD/USB drive and restart the computer. you can then happily log in to your Windows 7 system again.
Forgot your Windows startup password? How to reset or remove it after forgotten? There are several types of startup passwords which could be used to protect a Windows computer: BIOS password, Syskey, Windows user account password. After setting up one of these startup passwords, the computer will prompt you to enter your password each time you start up.
Tired of entering the startup password every time you boot your PC? Or simple forgot your startup password? This article will introduce you to all common options for you to remove Windows startup password.
BIOS is the first program that runs when your computer starts. You can tell the BIOS to ask for a password when it starts, thus restricting access to your computer. BIOS passwords can be added extra layer of security for desktop and laptop computers, and are used to either prevent a user from changing the BIOS settings or to prevent the PC from booting without a password.
Forgetting your BIOS password can lock up the hardware and make the computer completely unusable. Fortunately there are a few known backdoors and software that can be used to bypass or reset the BIOS password on most systems. The BIOS password on desktop computer can be reset by removing the CMOS battery for a few minutes. However, laptop BIOS passwords are stored in a special chip on the motherboard and the only way to recover this password is to using BIOS password cracking utility. Have a look at this article:Recover BIOS/CMOS Password Using Free CMOSPwd Utility.
As we all know, the Security Accounts Manager (SAM) database has been used by Windows to store password hashes for local user accounts. To make the hashes harder to decrypt, Microsoft introduced SysKey password, an additional layer of obfuscation SysKey which can be enabled in Windows using the SysKey utility. To learn how to enable Syskey, please refer to this article: How to Lock Your Computer with Syskey.
Syskey password can be helpful to prevent hackers from cracking Windows user password. There are no reliable tools that will help brute forcing Syskey password. The Offline NT Password & Registry Editor claims that it can help you disable Syskey startup password but I’ve tried it with no luck. After forgetting your Syskey password, the only feasible option is to do a system restore using a restore point dated before SysKey password was set, or reinstall the operating system.
Windows User Password
Have you ever been locked out of your computer by a forgotten Windows user password? There’s no need to get frustrated. It is relatively easy to bypass this safeguard. Reset Windows Password utility is the well-known software which enables you to remove Windows admin/user password easily by creating a password removal Live CD/USB. It works with almost all versions of Windows, including the latest Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.
If you ever find yourself in a situation that your Windows XP computer is locked out because you’ve forgotten the administrator password, and you’ve already tried the Safe Mode and it doesn’t work, what else can you do?
Luckily there is a solution that can actually take you away from your frustrations with a password cracking application called Reset Windows Password. This is a great software that allows you to reset Windows XP administrator password even if you’re completely locked out of Windows. Follow this tutorial you can regain access to your computer in minutes.
How to Unlock Your Computer When Forgot Windows XP Administrator Password?
Before you begin the process of password resetting, you’ll first need a different computer with internet access to start your work. You also need a USB stick or a blank CD to make a password reset Live disc that would be used on your locked Windows XP computer.
Step 1: Make a Password Reset Live Disc
Download the self-extracting archive of Reset Windows Password utility on to your alternate computer. Once downloaded, extract the ISO file (ResetWindowsPwd.iso) from the ZIP file. Feel free to do this using the integrated tool in Windows or a dedicated program like WinZip.
Now you need to burn the ISO image file (ResetWindowsPwd.iso) to a CD or USB stick. There are many free burning programs which can do it easily, such as BurnCDCC, ImgBurn, ISO2Dic, etc.
Step 2: Boot Windows XP Computer from the Live Disc
Insert the password reset Live disc into the Windows XP computer that you’re trying to gain access to. Restart the computer and press the appropriate key (also called “BIOS Key”) at the start of the boot-up process – often when the manufacturer’s logo appears on screen – and you’ll be taken to the BIOS Setup screen. Change the boot order in BIOS to set the USB or CD as your first option for boot device and boot the computer from it.
Step 3: Reset Windows XP Administrator Password
Once the locked computer boots from the Live disc, it will load the Windows PE operating system inside the Live disc and open up the Reset Windows Password program. The program automatically finds the Windows XP installations on your hard drive, and analyzes the SAM (Security Accounts Manager) database and displays all Windows user accounts existing in your system.
Just choose the administrator account which you want to do a password reset, and click on “Reset Password” button. It will reset your forgotten Windows XP administrator password immediately!
Forgot Windows XP administrator password? Once you have done everything correct and now restart your computer, you will find that you can easily log into your system and an admin account is listed on the login screen. Select the administrator account and it will lead you to the desktop screen. You can now change your other user account’s passwords as well.
It’s true that all versions of Windows enable you to create a password reset disc, but what do you do if you find yourself locked out without that disc? Or, you can log in as a limited user but can’t make changes – because nobody remembers the administrator password. How can you get out of these situations without formatting and re-installing the operating system?
No matter if you are a absolute beginner or a technician, every Windows users need a Windows 7/Vista/XP password recovery boot disk in their toolkit. There are several tools out there that can help you recover the forgotten password, and the best option is Password Recovery Bundle which has saved my bacon more than once.
Password Recovery Bundle is a must-have toolkit which can recover over 60 types of passwords. One of the most important features is that the software enables you to create a Windows7/Vista/XP password recovery boot disk which could be used to reset/unlock lost or forgotten Windows password easily.
Here, we’ll show you how to create a Windows password recovery boot disk and then use it to reset lost or forgotten Windows 7/Vista/XP password on your own.
Part 1: Create a Windows Password Recovery Boot Disk
Install Password Recovery Bundle on your computer. After installing, start the program and click on “Windows Password” button. You’ll see the bootdisk creating dialog which allows you to burn a Windows password recovery bootdisk on a CD/DVD or USB flash drive. Remove the CD or USB drive from your current computer and you can then use it to reset forgotten Windows admin/user password on all versions of Windows 7/Vista/XP system.
Part 2: Use the Boot Disk to Reset Forgotten Windows 7/Vista/XP Password
Boot your locked PC from the Windows password recovery boot disk you’ve created. The computer will load the Windows PE operating system inside the bootdisk. If it still boots from your hard drive, you need to change the boot order in BIOS to set your computer to boot from CD or USB drive.
When you get to the Reset Windows Password screen, you’ll see a list of user accounts found in your Windows SAM registry hive. Now click on any existing account and then click “Reset Password” button, it will unlock/blank your user account password immediately.
Remove the Windows password recovery bootdisk and restart the computer. When you reach the Windows login screen, just left the password field as blank and you can log into the system successfully.
Once you’re able to log back into your Windows installation, remember to change the password to something complex that you can still recall easily. Done!
Have you ever forgotten your Windows account password? If you have then you already know how painful the password reset process can be. There is a good chance that Windows users who are not tech savvy fail to reset Windows password and end up re-installing Windows, probably losing all your installed software and its settings or even important data.
Whether you have or have not been through that situation, you do not want to be in those circumstances any time in the future. To help you out if you forgot Windows password, I have gathered a list of 3 freeware programs that will help reset your forgotten Windows password for free.
1. Ultimate Boot CD
Ultimate Boot CD is a powerful free toolset to fix unbootable computers and recover data from them.It is a self-contained bootable OS on live CD with loads of useful software for repairing or fixing almost any Windows problem.
Ultimate Boot CD is intended for system recovery in the case of software or hardware faults. Additionally, It is capable of resetting Windows password of any user account, including the administrator password in Windows NT, 2000, and XP without needing to know the previous password.
2. Offline NT Password and Registry Editor
Offline NT Password & Registry Editor is a freeware utility that allows you to change or reset the password of any user that has a valid account on a local NT/2000/XP/2003/Server 2008/Vista 32 & 64-bit system. You do not need to know the old password to set a new one which makes this ideal for users who have forgotten their passwords or were locked out by someone else. Unlocking locked or disabled accounts is also supported.
This tool comes in the form as a bootable CD ISO image but can also be made to boot from a USB drive. The application is Linux-based technician tool and shouldn’t be used by people without Linux skills and experience.
Kon-Boot is yet another free Windows password reset program, much like Offline NT password and Registry Editor. Just burn the program to a disc, boot to it, and you’re off.
Kon-Boot works differently than the two password reset tools above, so if you have problems using them, give Kon-Boot a try. It’s very easy to use and probably the fastest password reset tool available.
Unfortunately, Kon-Boot does not work with 64-bit versions of Windows. I used Kon-Boot to successfully reset the password on a Windows Vista PC and then also on a Windows XP PC. Kon-Boot is reported to also reset Windows 7 password but I was not able to make it work on two different Windows 7 PCs.
These free Windows password reset software can work, but they’re not perfect. If you still can’t reset your forgotten Windows password with these tools, we recommend you to try this professional Windows password reset software – Reset Windows Password. It’s worth a try!
What to do if you forgot Windows password? In this tutorial we’ll show you all tips and tricks you can take to recover or reset your forgotten Windows password, so you can log back into your PC without reinstalling Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP or Windows Server 2008/2003/2000.
Forgot Windows Password?
Windows may ask for your password to continue using the computer. This is true if the user account was set up with a password. The password to logon to Windows is set to expire after 42 days by default, but if your password expires or you forget your Windows password, you cannot logon to Windows. Many people have asked the question “How do I unlock my computer without a password?” and we’ll answer that by providing steps in recovering or resetting forgotten Windows password.
1. Recall Your Password
If you tried entering the password but Windows does not recognize it and you cannot remember your password, you can try clicking the question mark beside the password logon box. It will show the password hint that you had entered before. However, if you still can’t remember the password after answering the password hint, your other option is by using your password reset disk.
2. Use Password Reset Disk
Many people do not create a Windows password reset disk which means that option is not for you. For end-users who have created a password reset disk to prevent issues with a forgotten password, simply insert the floppy diskette into drive A. Follow the wizard to creating a new password and the new password hint, then use the new password to logon to Windows.
3. Boot into Safe Mode
People who failed to create a reset disk must not lose hope because you can try resetting the Windows password by rebooting the computer to safe mode. Proceed to logon using the hidden Administrator account. Note that the hidden administrator account does not have a password, so simply click the Admin account to login. However, if the PC vendor created a password for the hidden admin user account and you did not reset it, type “password” without quotes as the password.
Proceed by navigating to User Accounts in the Control Panel, then create a new password for the account that was locked out due to a forgotten or expired password.
Restart the computer to normal mode and logon using the new password. If you happened to create an account password for the hidden administrator account but you forget that as well, your only option is to either reinstall Windows or by using third-party software to recover or reset your forgotten Windows password.
4. Last Resort
Forgot Windows password? Account locked out due to invalid password attempts? With Reset Windows Password utility you can reset Windows local admin/user passwords on Windows 8/7/Vista/XP/2008/2003/2000, change forgotten domain user passwords in Windows Server 2008/2003/2000, and unlock any user account which is disabled or locked out.
The other day a buddy of mine had lost access to his Windows XP administrator account because he forgot his password. He turned to me for help and as usual I was willing to lend a hand. The following tutorial covers the process of resetting your administrator password on Windows XP or NT Operating Systems. Windows stores its user information, including encrypted versions of the passwords, in a file called sam. This file is commonly found in \winnt\system32\config. This file is also a part of the registry, in a binary format and not easily accessible. We will be using a utility called Offline NT Password and Registry Editor to preform the recovery.
Resetting a Lost Windows XP Administrator Password:
- Download the Offline NT Password and Registry Editor.
- Extract the ISO from the zip and burn the ISO to a CD or DVD using your favorite CD Burning utility
- Reboot your Windows XP computer and set your BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from the CD
- Follow the onscreen instructions to reset Windows Administrator password
Offline NT Password and Registry Editor is a Linux-based live CD. So if you are computer novice and not familiar with Linux, the software may be a bit difficult for you to get it to work. However, you can choose other software such as Reset Windows Password, which is a Windows PE-based bootdisk. It’s much easier to use, much more powerful than Offline NT Password and Registry Editor.