Friday, June 3, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions About Windows Password Recovery Applications

Forgetting or Losting the password to your Windows account is a common issue and reset Windows password to gain access to your own locked PC isn't something people often do.
I conllect a list about Windows password recovery applications to help answer some of the more common questions.
"Are the fee Windows password recovery tools better than the free ones?"
No, it depends.
In fact, I absolutely do not recommend that you purchase any paid Windows password recovery tool unless you've tried and been unsuccessful with the four highest rated free programs - Ophcrack, Offline NT Password & Registry Editor, PC Login Now, and Kon-Boot.
"Are these Windows password recovery programs the only way to get back into Windows if I forgot my password?"
No, there are other ways, but using the Windows password recovery programs are probably the most successful at getting you back in.
Take a look at my Three Neat Ways To Reset Lost Windows Passwords for some more ideas.
"How can I prevent someone from using one of these programs to gain access to my computer?"
The most important thing you can do is to prevent physical access to your PC from those who might want to inappropriately gain access to its contents.
In other words - keep those you don't trust away from your computer. Since none of these programs can be used remotely, a perpetrator must have physical access to your computer.
Keep in mind too that if someone wanted to covertly access your computer, they would have to use a true password discovery program, not a password removing program. Since true password discovery programs have a difficult time recovering long and complicated passwords, make sure yours is just that.
Specifically, to avoid your password being discovered by Ophcrack, make sure your password contains at least one special character or is longer than 14 characters.
"I am not familiar with the BIOS settings or CD/ DVD/USB burning, can I operate the program?"
You can follow our step by step guide on the web pages How to set BIOS boot from CD/DVD and How to set BIOS boot from USB flash drive.
"I burned a CD with one Windows password recovery program on it but nothing happens when I restart! Help me please!"
Many Windows password recovery programs are designed to be run from bootable discs, allowing you to recover or delete a Windows password without needing access to Windows... an obvious advantage. However, many of you don't have experience burning ISO files or booting from a CD/DVD disc or USB flash drive.
If you restart your computer with the disc you made in your CD/DVD disc or USB flash drive but nothing happens or Windows starts up like it usually does, you likely made one of these mistakes somewhere between downloading and booting to the password reset CD/DVD or USB.
Here are some thoughts on how you might be able to solve the problem:
  • Download the ISO or other disc image format again.
  • Burn the image file to CD/DVD or USB again. Burning an image file is nothing like burning a normal file.
  • Try a different blank disc. Maybe the one you burned to was incompatible with your optical drive or was scratched.
  • Verify that the boot order in BIOS correctly lists the optical drive first.
  • Make sure the disc you burned is in the drive before restarting your computer.
  • If you have two CD/DVD or USB drives, try booting with the disc in the other one.
If that advice gets you nowhere, just move on to another program. There are a few really good free Windows password recovery tools and many premium programs as well.
There are the most asked questions about Windows password recovery.

How to Take System Restore Point for Windows 7 Password Reset?

Have you ever encounter the dilema that  you cannot log on to Windows 7 , well, before you do something with your Windows 7, you can use the Windows 7 System Restore feature instead, which is a good and swift way for you log on the laptop again.
You may be unable to log on to  Windows 7 in the following scenarios:
  • Scenario 1: You recently set a new password for the protected administrator account. However, you do forget password on Windows 7.
  • Scenario 2: You type the correct logon password. However, Windows 7 does not accept the password because the system is corrupted.
  • Scenario 3: You delete a protected administrator account. Now, you cannot log on to another administrator account.
  • Scenario 4: You change a protected administrator account to a standard user account. Now, you cannot log on to another administrator account.
To use System Restore to log on to  Windows 7 when you lose access to an account, follow these steps.
Note To do this, there must be a System Restore point at which the logon was successful.
  1. Insert the Windows 7 DVD, and then restart the computer.
  2. When you receive the following message, press any key  to boot from CD or DVD
  3. Click Repair your computer, select the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
  4. Click System Restore, and then click Next.
  5. Click the restore point that you want to use, and then click Next.
  6. Confirm the disks that you want to restore, and then click Next.
  7. Click Finish, and then click Yes when you are prompted.
  8. When the System Restore process is complete, click Restart to restart the computer.
  9. After the computer restarts, click Close to confirm that the System Restore process has finished successfully.
  10. Use an appropriate method to log on. For example, log on by using an older password, or log on by using another computer account.
Now, can you regain access to your computer? By the way, as your Windows 7 password lost or forgotten trouble, it is also better to take other ways  such as: Windows 7 password reset disk, Command Line with lusrmgr.msc, Windows 7 password reset tools or an installation  Disc etc.

Windows 7 Takes Over One Third Of The Market

According to the latest results in from Statcounter, Windows 7 has ended May with 33.22 percent of the market. Which is as near as makes no difference, one third of the worldwide PC Market.
Between April and May, Windows 7 continued to grow at its ever steady pace by 1.31 percent. It’s been growing steadily ever since its release back in October 2009. In that time it’s managed to overtake Windows Vista back in July 2010 and there’s even been reports that it’s overtaken Windows XP in the United States, but not worldwide….yet.
Expect to see Windows XP continue its steep decline, but it’s still holding on to the number one spot at 45.83 percent which is pretty good for an OS that is nearly 10 years old. However the fact that support for it is being phased out will encourage many businesses to abandon it.

Microsoft announced back in April that they had sold an incredible 350 million licenses to date, mainly to consumers, but the enterprise side of things is looking up for Microsoft aswell.
If we have a look at the rest of the OS market, we see that nobody is threatening Windows 7. Windows Vista is still holding third place at 12.53 percent. Mac OS X hasn’t really budged to much, infact it’s declined slightly over the past couple of months from 6.59 percent to 6.35 percent. I’m rather curious about this because the last quarter for Apple saw record shipments of Mac’s for them, so where are they?
Linux of course still hangs in there with its loyal fanbase at 0.81 percent up from 0.76 percent last month.
So who’s going to be brave enough to put a tenner on what month they think Windows 7 will overtake Windows XP worldwide? So will the release of Windows 8 be a big pressure to Windows 7?
According to this news, we Windows users should pay attention on Windows7 issues, like Windows 7 update, Windows 7 application and Windows 7 password recovery etc.
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Windows 7 Takes Over One Third Of The Market

5 Tactics to Perform Windows Password Recovery

Windows operating systems have various security features that can help keep the files, documents and information saved on your computer secure. For example, Windows offers the option to have an administrator's password, also known as an admin password. This password, once set up, is needed to access information on the computer. You should be careful not to lose this password, particularly if you're the only one who knows it. But if you lost Windows admin password, all hope is not lost. There are ways to reset Windows password.
Tactic 1: Windows Password Hint
When setting a Windows password on Windows 7and other Windows versions, you are able to set a password hint to help you if you got lost or forgotten Windows password issue. Of course, the password hint will not appear until you input a wrong Windows password. With the help of hint, you can easily to remember the forgotten password.
Tactic 2: An administrative Level Permission Account and Password
If you are able to log in your computer with built-in administrator account or other available admin account, Windows password recovery can be very simple for you. After logging on computer, just click My Computer icon to select Manage to enter Computer Management screen, and then click Local Users and Groups folder and Users folder.
Tactic3: Restore Windows 7 or Windows Vista to a Previous State
If you configured a new password recently and can still remember the password you used before, then you can restore Windows to a point in time before you changed the password. The Restore function of Windows 7 and Windows Vista will make sure that you don't lose personal data. However, programs that have been installed since the corresponding restore point have to be installed again. All you need for this procedure is a Windows 7 or Windows Vista setup DVD.
Tactic4: Reset Windows Password with Shareware
Well, as is known,  Windows password recovery tools  play an important role on Windows password reset, which allow to reset the forgotten Windows password with a bootable CD/DVD orUSB flash drive, like Windows Password Unlocker, a credible and portable software on password recovery.
Tactic 5: Reinstall your PC
It is the last chocie for you to reset Windows password. Installation will help you remove the lost Windows password, but also erase your important data on computer. So don't try this method unless you don't have other solutions.
Well, have you learned the 5 tactics on Windows password recovery? Do it yourself if you also met with Windows password lost problem.

Create a Windows Vista Password Reset Disk by Yourself

Microsoft has added password protection to programs and files to help prevent unauthorized access to important information. In many Microsoft products, you can apply a password to help prevent unauthorized users from opening a file or program.
When a user tries to perform an action such as opening a file or program, the user is prompted for a password. If the user does not type the correct password, the user cannot perform the action. Today, we are going to talk about how to create a Windows Vista password for the laptop preventing from Vista password reset trouble.
Before do it, you should have a look at the following  tips which are some important things to consider when you create a Windows Vista password reset disk:
  • The password reset disk must be created before the password is forgotten.
  • You cannot use a password reset disk to reset the password for another computer.
  • A third-party can access your computer by using a password reset disk. Therefore, it is important to store the password reset disk in a safe location.
Now, I will give you the step-by-step guide on how to create a password reset disk for you:
1. Click on the Start Button
2. Depending on your start Menu you need to click Control Panel
3. Open one of the following:User Accounts & Family Safety -> User Accounts
4. Insert either your Floppy Disk or USB Flash Drive.
5. In the left pane click on Create Password Reset Disk Then Click Next. Select the drive location from the pull down selection. Then Click Next
6. Enter your current password when prompted then click Next.
Note: If your password is blank, do not enter a password just Click Next.Click Next and then finished.
Warning:It is important to know that this can only be used if you have a local user account on your computer. If you are at work and you log on to a server or domain, this will not help you to reset Windows Vista password.