Monday, June 27, 2011

Reset Passwords which are auto assigned to user accounts after you upgrade to windows XP

Windows operating system is most trusted OS. It have great security features, to prevent unauthorized access. But some times these security features may create problem for users. If you are upgrading windows xp then be careful because windows xp may assign auto generated password to user accounts (these account may not have password previously). You will not able log on in to your computer because you don't know user password.
This problem occurs due to windows setup (i.e. Installation or upgrade) not completed properly. Windows setup assigns temporary password during the upgrade process and it suppose to remove this password when setup completed. You can find this temporary password in Setupact.log file that present in the folder where windows xp is installed.
It is very easy to overcome from this problem. There is separate solution for FAT and NTFS based partitions. Steps to reset auto generated password in windows XP for NTFS partitions are written below.
  1. Change BIOS setting and make CD-ROM drive as first boot device.
  2. Insert bootable windows XP CD in to CD-ROM drive and restart your computer.
  3. During reboot “Press any key to boot from CD” message will be displayed on monitor, press any key to boot from windows bootable disk.
  4. Press “R” for recovery console when “Welcome to setup” screen is displayed.
  5. Select the installation that you need to access from the Recovery Console.
  6. You are prompted for the Administrator password. If the Administrator password is set to use a blank password, just press ENTER.
  7. Type “type setupact.log” kine on command promt and press ENTER.
  8. Search for the following line, where Username is name of account and xxxxxxxxxxxxx is password for account.
  9. Please note down password that appears in Setupact.log file.
  10. Type exit at the command prompt, and then press ENTER to quit the Recovery Console and restart the computer.
  11. Now you can log on into your system with the password which you retrieves from Setupact.log.
After successful login in to your system you can change password with use of control panel.
For any reason if you are not able to retrieve password from Setupact.log, then find third party password recovery software to reset windows password.
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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Reset Lost or Forgotten Windows 7 Admin Password by Command Prompt

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Computer users usually use admin password to protect confidential data and keep changing it at regular interval due to security reasons. User may forget their password due to regular password change by which the whole computer data become inaccessible for him. Windows 7 have few options by which you can reset your lost admin password, like password reset disk and through command prompt. Here I am going to explain how to reset windows 7 password with command prompt.
At the time of windows 7 installation it creates a build-in administrator which has no password and it is disable by default. You need to enable this admin account before you lose your password. If you enabled it then proceed as follow -
  1. Start your computer and press "F8" while the computer boots up. The Advanced Boot Options screen appears.
  2. Scroll down to "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" with the arrow keys on the keyboard and press "Enter." Your computer starts in Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
  3. Select the Administrator account that appear in the screen, then enter command prompt.
  4. Suppose you lost account password of admin (sampatrik).
Type: net user sampatrik 123456 and enter, it will show you a message that” the command completed successfully.
  1. Restart your computer, and then you can log in as sampatrik with the password 123456. You can go to control Panel to change your account password if necessary.
Note: There is one problem with using command prompt to reset windows admin password is that you need an active user account which have administrative permissions. If you have this type of account then you can reset your password.
If you didn't enable build-in administrator account before losing your windows admin password. In that case you can't login into your computer, so can't use command prompt option to reset windows admin password. In this type of situation you need to use windows 7 password recovery software to regain access of your computer.
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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Forget Windows XP login password ? Recover it in 5 minuts

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Are you searching for Windows XP Password Recovery options ? If you have lost your current password for XP and I can not access Windows XP anymore, then I will help you recover your password on the faster, easier and safer. In this way, you can retrieve your password which means that XP will be able to connect again.

Two Options are available for Windows XP Password Recovery .

1. The first option is that you start reinstalling your version of Windows XP. While many people are saying that this is the best way, But it is not real option. When you reinstall Windows XP, which will take many hours to finish installation. In addition, you'll lose your files and programs, because they will get deleted. For these two reasons I recommend you go with second option.
  1. Using a Windows XP Password recovery program to automatically retrieve your XP login password.
    When using this option, you do not have to waste a several hours, and you don't have to lose your files and programs. By doing this, you use an automatic Windows XP Password Recovery software program that helps you quickly retrieve the password for XP. This tool will automatically reset the password to blank for Windows XP so you can log back into XP without using a password. A great program called Stellar phoenix windows password recovery tool.

    How it works:

    1 – Create bootable CD of Password recovery software.
    2- Boot your computer with this bootable CD. In software interface click on Find Password
    3 – This software will start locating your system user.
    4- It will give list of users of that computer select user and click on Reset .
    5 - Once done, simply restart your computer and you can log back into Windows XP without using a password.

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