Newer PCs and laptops pre-installed with Windows 10/8 no longer come with a product key sticker attached to the back or bottom of the PC. Instead, PC manufacturers have worked with Microsoft to embed the product key directly into the BIOS or EFI.
The OEM product key is just not easy to find, and it’s impossible to read without some help. Luckily, you can use the KeyFinder Plus utility to retrieve the OEM-embedded product key from BIOS/EFI.
To view Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 product key from the BIOS or UEFI, simply run KeyFinder Plus on your PC. Upon running the tool and click on “Start Recovery”, it will automatically scan your BIOS or EFI and display the product key. It will also scan the Windows registry for locating CD keys for softwares installed on your PC.
After recover the key, we recommend you store the product key in a safe location. This product key can be used to reinstall Windows with a clean Windows setup CD, or to reinstall Windows after a crash or system failure.
Is it possible to install Windows 8 from a external hard drive without losing data? With the freeeare ISO2Disc you can make a installation CD/USB from Windows 8 ISO image. However, what to do if you don’t have a CD or USB drive in hand? This tutorial will explain how to create a bootable hard drive from Windows 8 ISO image, and then install Windows 8 directly from external hard drive.
Part 1: Copy Windows 8 Installation Files to Hard Drive
When this is done, the extraction dialog will automatically close. Now you’ve successfully copied all contents of Windows 8 ISO to your hard drive.
Part 2: Make Hard Drive Bootable
Select Disk 1
Select Partition 1
The commands above will set the first partition of your attached hard drive as active.
e:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 e:
Assuming that e: is the drive letter of attached hard drive, where the Windows 8 installation files are copied to.
Part 3: Install Windows 8
Place the hard drive back into the target machine. Make sure that the BIOS is configured to boot from the hard drive. If you did everything correctly, you should see the blue Windows logo and setup will load. Install Windows 8 as usual (but don’t format your hard drive this time otherwise it will erase the Windows 8 setup files too).
Microsoft has finally come up with an official tool – Windows Installation Media Creating Tool, which will let you create a Windows 8.1 installation media. If you need to install Windows 8.1 from scratch, no longer do you need to install Windows 8 first, and then update through the Windows store.
This new tool allows you to download and save Windows 8.1 ISO file to your computer and then create a bootable Windows 8.1 installation CD/USB drive. Here’s how:
Once this is done, you can use the USB flash drive to perform a clean install of Windows 8.1 right away, or burn the ISO image to CD/USB with the freeware ISO2Disc.
How to access ThinkPad 10 tablet if you’ve forgotten your Windows 8.1 password? It’s clearly an issue all of us have experienced at some point in time with varying degrees of importance and frustration. In this article we’ll provide an easy way to bypass Windows 8.1 password on ThinkPad 10 tablet.
First of all, you need to create a bootable PCUnlocker USB drive on another PC you have access to. Boot your ThinkPad 10 tablet from the USB drive and it enables you to reset forgotten Windows 8.1 admin/user password easily. Here are step-by-step instructions.
Note: PCUnlocker Enterprise supports both 32-bit UEFI and 64-bit UEFI. If your tablet comes with Windows 8/8.1 32-bit preinstalled, make sure you use the 32-bit distribution of PCUnlocker Enterprise. Otherwise you need to use 64-bit distribution instead.
How to Bypass Windows 8.1 Password on ThinkPad 10 Tablet?
Couldn’t log on your ASUS VivoTab Smart laptop after forgotten Windows 8 password? Here’s how you can bypass Windows 8 password on ASUS VivoTab Smart tablet, without losing any file or data.
How to Reset Windows 8 Password on ASUS VivoTab Smart?
Before getting started, you need to find a password recovery utility that supports UEFI booting, because ASUS VivoTab Smart uses 32-bit UEFI firmware instead of legacy BIOS. Here we’ll use the Enterprise edition of PCUnlocker, which works with 32-bit/64-bit UEFI-based computers.
Use a secondary PC to download the full version of PCUnlocker Enterprise (trial version). Unzip the downloaded file and you’ll get a CD image called pcunlocker.iso, which needs to be burned onto a USB flash drive (or CD) with the ISO2Disc program. Remember to choose the GPT (required for UEFI boot) option.
After you’ve created a PCUnlocker USB drive, use a Micro USB adapter to connect it to your ASUS VivoTab Smart laptop. If your laptop is running, you must turn off the laptop.
While pressing the Power button, hold the volume down button until you get to the Boot Device Menu screen. From there select Enter Setup. In the BIOS Setup, select the Security tab, disable Secure Boot and Default Key Provisioning.
Navigate to the Boot tab. Under the Boot Option Priorities section, set your USB flash drive as the first boot option. Save your changes and exit BIOS.
The tablet will restart and boot from your created USB drive. After a while, you’ll get to the PCUnlocker program which automatically locates all Windows accounts on your tablet. Choose an account and click on Reset Password. It will bypass / remove your forgotten password in no time.
Now you’ve successfully bypassed Windows 8 password on your ASUS VivoTab Smart laptop. Disconnect the USB drive and you can then boot into Windows 8 without entering a password!
Forgot administrator password for your Dell Vostro 3560 laptop? How can I bypass or hack a lost Windows password? If you do not want to run the cracking tool on your computer for days/weeks/years in attempting to decrypt the login password, you can quickly remove the forgotten Windows user password with PCUnlocker. In this article we’ll show you how to reset forgotten Windows 8 or Windows 7 password on your Dell Vostro laptops.
How to Reset Forgotten Windows 8/7 Password on Dell Vostro?
PCUnlocker comes as an ISO image that needs to be burned on to a CD, or you can put the ISO on to USB stick using a utility. Then simply boot to the CD or USB to run the utility for bypassing your Windows user password. Here are step-by-step instructions:
So this is how can you reset forgotten Dell Vostro password with a bootdisk. It’s that easy!
Forgot Windows 8 administrator password for your HP desktop PC? There may be occasions when for whatever reason you can’t get into your HP computer because you’ve lost the Windows 8 password, maybe you just change the login password but can’t remember the new password. Don’t fear though, there is a simple way to remove HP Windows 8 login password.
In this tutorial I will explain how to bypass HP Windows 8 password using a bootdisk – PCUnlocker Live CD/USB drive.
Part 1: Create A PCUnlocker Live CD/USB Drive
Part 2: Remove HP Windows 8 Password
At this point you’ve successfully bypassed lost Windows 8 login password on your HP desktop PC. Remove the CD/USB drive and reboot the computer, change the Secure Boot settings back to default, then boot into Windows. You should now be able to login without a password!
For security purpose, we usually set a long and strong password for a Microsoft account, which is fine when I’m logging in to Microsoft website because my password manager software helps – but that’s no good for logging into Windows 8. If you don’t want to type in your password every time Windows starts up, you can setup Windows 8 so that it will bypass the login screen and sign into your Windows 8 Microsoft account automatically.
Tips: If you’ve forgotten your Microsoft account password and unable to reset the password online, you can bypass Windows 8 Microsoft account password with PCUnlocker, so you can still log back into your system and regain access to all your files.
netplwizand hit Enter.
This can speed up the logon process if you are the only user on the system. However, we don’t recommend to enable automatic login if your PC is accessible by multiple users or while you’re traveling.
Forgot Windows 8 password and can’t log on to your Acer Aspire laptop? Is there a way to reset Acer laptop password? Password reset methods differ between Microsoft account and local account. If you use a Microsoft account as your laptop’s login, you can reset the password by visiting the Microsoft’s online password reset webpage. But what to do if you forgot a Windows 8 local account password?
PCUnlocker is an amazing bootdisk that can reset Windows 8 Microsoft / local account password offline. Here’s a detailed walkthrough on how to reset lost Windows 8 password on Acer Aspire laptop, which will guide you directly through all the steps involved.
Part 1: Create A PCUnlocker Boot Disk
Part 2: Change Boot Order in BIOS
Part 3: Reset Acer Aspire Windows 8 Password
If you use a Microsoft account as your laptop’s login, you can see your Windows Live ID in the Description column. Choose that associated local account to proceed, this program will assign a new password to your Microsoft account which can later be used to login to Windows 8 locally.
Restart your Acer Aspire laptop and revert the changes that you’ve made in BIOS. You can then log on Windows 8 system without the need of a password. No need to reinstall or format your hard drive just for a simple forgotten Windows 8 password.
Can’t remember your Windows 8 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 8 password without knowing the old password.
Option 1: Change Windows 8 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.
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, 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 8 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 and Windows 8.1. Follow these steps and you can change Windows password without knowing the old password: