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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

  1. Before removing lost HP password, you need to make a PCUnlocker boot media from an alternate PC. Simply download the trial version of PCUnlocker, unzip the downloaded file and you’ll get a bootable CD image file named pcunlocker.iso.
  2. Next download and install the freeware ISO2Disc. Run the ISO2Disc program, click on Browse button to select the PCUnlocker ISO image.

    Create a PCUnlocker Live CD/USB Drive

  3. To make a PCUnlocker Live CD, simply select Burn to CD/DVD and click on Start Burn. If you don’t have a blank CD at hand, you can choose to make a bootable USB flash drive.

Part 2: Remove HP Windows 8 Password

  1. Plug the USB drive into a USB port of your HP desktop PC requiring a password removal, or put the CD in the optical drive if you’ve created a Live CD.
  2. Turn on the computer and immediately press the F10 key repeatedly, about once every second, until the BIOS Setup Utility opens.
  3. Navigate to the Security menu and choose Secure Boot Configuration.

    HP BIOS Setup

  4. When the Secure Boot Configuration warning displays, press F10 to continue.
  5. At the Secure Boot Configuration page, enable Legacy Support and disable Secure Boot. Press F10 to save your changes.

    Disable HP Secure Boot

  6. The computer will then reboot. Quickly press ESC key to enter the Startup Menu.

    HP Startup Menu

  7. Press F9 to access the Boot Menu. At the Boot Menu screen specify your boot device (CD or USB).
  8. Once booted into PCUnlocker Live CD/USB drive, you’ll see a list of local accounts that are stored in your Windows 8 SAM registry hive.

    Reset Windows Password

  9. Choose an account and then click Reset Password, it will remove your Windows 8 login password instantly. If you’ve chosen the local account associated with your Windows Live account, it will also reset your Microsoft account password locally.

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!

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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.

How to Sign into Windows 8 Microsoft Account without Password?

  1. Press the Windows + R keyboard combination to bring up a Run box, when it appears type netplwiz and hit Enter.

    netplwiz

  2. This will open the User Accounts dialog box, which will display a list of all the users on your computer, including both local accounts and Microsoft accounts.
  3. Next click on the username in the bottom window, which should be your email address if you are using the Microsoft account to log into your Windows 8 PC. Uncheck the Users must enter a username and password to use this computer checkbox.

    windows-8-user-accounts

  4. Click Apply and you’ll get a pop up dialog that asks you to enter your login credentials. Just type in your Microsoft account password twice and click OK.

    automatically-login

  5. Now go ahead and restart your computer and Windows 8 should automatically boot up to the Start Screen, without prompting you to enter a Microsoft account password.

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.

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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

  1. Before resetting Acer laptop password, you need to use another computer to make a PCUnlocker boot disk. Simply download the trial version of PCUnlocker Enterprise, unzip the downloaded file and you’ll get an ISO image file called pcunlocker.iso.
  2. Next download and install the freeware ISO2Disc. Run the ISO2Disc program, click on Browsebutton to select the PCUnlocker ISO image.

    Create a PCUnlocker boot disk

  3. Select your target media (CD or USB drive) and Click on Start Burn to make a PCUnlocker bootdisk.

Part 2: Change Boot Order in BIOS

  1. Once you’ve completed the above step, put in the CD into the optical drive or plug in the USB drive into the Acer Aspire laptop you want to reset the password for.
  2. Power on your Acer Aspire laptop. As soon as the Acer logo screen appears, immediately press the F2 key, or the DEL key if you have a desktop, to enter the BIOS.
  3. Once you’re in the BIOS Setup, go to the Boot menu. Disable the Secure Boot option and change Boot Mode from UEFI to Legacy BIOS. Move the CD-ROM or USB HDD to the top of the boot priority order list.

    Acer UEFI BIOS

  4. Press F10 to save your changes and exit the BIOS.

Part 3: Reset Acer Aspire Windows 8 Password

  1. The computer will then restart from PCUnlocker boot disk. After a while, you’ll see the PCUnlocker program and it shows you a list of local accounts existing on your Acer Aspire laptop.

    Reset Windows Password

  2. Choose a local account and then click Reset Password button, it will reset your forgotten password immediately.

    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.

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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.

  1. Open an elevated Command Prompt by simply pressing Windows Key + X + A.
  2. You can use the net usercommand to change Windows password easily, without supplying the old password:
    net user username  new_password

    Replace username with your Windows account name, and new_password with your desired new password.

    change windows password from command prompt

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:

  1. First of all, you need to use another PC to download the PCUnlocker program, which comes as a bootable CD image. Burn the ISO image to a blank CD or USB drive using the ISO2Disc utility.
  2. Insert the newly burned CD or USB drive into your target computer, and set it to boot from CD/USB.
  3. Once you’ve booted into the CD/USB drive, you’ll be presented with the screen of PCUnlocker. This program automatically locates the SAM database file for your installed Windows operating system, and shows you a list of local user accounts.Reset Windows Password
  4. Select a user account and click on Reset Password button. It will remove your old password immediately. Restart the computer and you can then log into your Windows account without typing a password!
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Jun
04

Forgot Windows 8 password to your ASUS VivoBook? How to bypass Windows login password without resetting your laptop to factory settings? ASUS VivoBook comes with UEFI which will prevent you from booting any boot media without UEFI bootloader. In this article I’ll show you how to enable Legacy/CSM boot support in ASUS VivoBook and then unlock your forgotten Windows 8 password with a USB drive.

How to Reset ASUS VivoBook Windows 8 Password?

First of all, you need to make a USB boot media using an alternate PC. Download the PCUnlocker program and save it to your desktop. The downloaded file is a self-extracting .zip file which contains a WinPE ISO image (pcunlocker.iso). Extract the ISO image and burn it to a USB flash drive using ISO2Disc or Rufus program.

Plug the USB boot media in your ASUS VivoBook. Power on the machine and press F2 key to enter the BIOS Setup. To enable legacy/CSM boot support, enable Launch CSM under the Boot tab.

asus-bios

Switch to the Security tab and set Secure Boot Control to Disabled. Press F10 to save your changes and exit BIOS.

asus-secure-boot

When the laptop restarts, press ESC key to launch the boot menu. When you get the boot options, choose the USB drive as we want to reset Windows 8 password offline. After a while, the PCUnlocker program will launch and it displays all your Windows 8 user accounts.

Choose a user account and click on Reset Password button, it will unlock / reset your forgotten password instantly. Last but not least, disconnect your USB drive and restart your computer. Enter into the BIOS setup again and disable the “Launch CSM” option which you enabled in the step above. You can then sign into Windows 8 without a password! This is how can you unlock ASUS VivoBook password easily!

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Forgot Windows 8.1 password of your Toshiba Encore tablet? Need to recover or reset it? The easiest solution is using PCUnlocker. It enables you to reset forgotten Windows 8.1 password on any UEFI based devices, including Toshiba Encore tablet.

PCUnlocker Overview

PCUnlocker is a tool to use when you forgot/lost your Windows account password. Just boot your locked computer from PCUnlocker boot media and it allows you to reset and replace the password of any Windows account. The boot media can boot in 32-bit UEFI, 64-bit UEFI and legacy BIOS mode.

Prepare A Bootable Media

PCUnlocker runs from a WinPE boot disc, so you need to download and burn ISO onto a USB drive before you can use it. So download the PCUnlocker disc image and burn it to a disc using the freeware ISO2Disc. Remember to choose the GPT partition because Toshiba Encore tablet comes with 32-bit UEFI firmware instead of standard BIOS.

Reset Toshiba Encore Windows 8.1 Password

Once you have created the bootable media, you need to boot off it. So connect the USB-OTG cable to your Toshiba Encore tablet and plug in the bootable media.

toshiba-encore

When turn on the tablet, press and hold the power button together with Vol+ button at the same time until the device turns on and the boot device selection menu appears.

Select the USB Memory device and press Enter. The tablet will boot off the USB drive. Once you’ve booted into the USB drive, you’ll see the PCUnlocker program in minutes. The program automatically searches the Windows SAM database and lists your Windows 8.1 user accounts.

Select a local account and click on Reset Password button. It will reset / unlock your password quickly. If you’re using a Microsoft account with your Toshiba Encore tablet, there should be a local account associated with your Microsoft account. Choose that account and reset the password. Meanwhile, the program will also unlock your Microsoft account password.

Now you’ve reset Toshiba Encore Windows 8.1 password successfully. Remove the USB drive and reboot your Toshiba Encore tablet. You should now be able to login to your Windows 8.1 account.

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A few weeks ago I set up a brand new Lenovo IdeaPad laptop running Windows 8. The computer hasn’t been used since then and the problem now is that I completely forgot the password I set during the installation process. I have tried many boot CDs but to no avail. How can I remove or reset forgotten Windows 8 password?

Forgot Windows 8 admin password for your Lenovo IdeaPad laptop? Don’t panic. With PCUnlocker Live CD you can reset lost Windows 8 password for both local account and Microsoft account. In this tutorial I’ll walk you through the steps to reset Windows 8 password on Lenovo IdeaPad with UEFI BIOS.

How to Reset Windows 8 Password on Lenovo IdeaPad with UEFI BIOS?

  1. First of all, use another computer to download the PCUnlocker program, which comes as a self-extracting .zip file. After the file has downloaded, extract the pcunlocker.iso file from it. Burn the ISO image to a blank CD using your preferred CD burning program such as ISO2Disc.
  2. Put your newly created CD in the CD drive of your Lenovo IdeaPad laptop. When the laptop is powered off, press the Novo button. This will start up the laptop and provide you with the Novo button menu.

    Novo-button

  3. Choose BIOS Setup from the Novo button menu, and press Enter.

  4. In the BIOS Setup, select the Security tab and change Secure Boot value to Disabled.

    lenovo-secure-boot

  5. Next, on the Boot tab, change the Boot Mode from UEFI to Legacy Support.

    lenovo-boot-mode

  6. You can now save and exit the BIOS, but the laptop will go straight to booting again, so you’ll need to shutdown or power it off in order to use the Novo button again. This time choose Boot Menu from the Novo button menu, and then select to boot from the CD drive.
  7. After booting the laptop from the CD, it loads the Windows PE operating system and finally opens up the PCUnlocker program. The program automatically detects the operating system installed on your hard drive, and then displays a list of Windows 8 local user accounts.

  8. Choose one of your administrator accounts and click on Reset Password button. The program will unlock your selected account and reset the password immediately. Eject the CD and restart your computer. Enter into BIOS Setup and change the BIOS Mode back to UEFI.
  9. Now you’ve successfully reset Windows 8 Password on Lenovo IdeaPad with UEFI BIOS, and you can log back into Windows 8 without a password! Enjoy it!
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May
08
Posted on 08-05-2014
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How to connect to SQL Server after you’ve forgotten SQL Server password? In this article I’ll show you how to reset SQL Server password in single-user mode. This hacking trick makes it possible to recover access to your SQL Server instance without resetting the password of any existing account.

How to Recover SQL Server Password in Single-user Mode

  1. Launch SQL Server Configuration Manager. Stop your SQL Server instance if it is running.
  2. Right-click on your SQL Server instance and select Properties.

    SQL Server Configuration Manager

  3. In SQL Server 2014 or 2012, click Startup Parameters tab. Enter –mand then click Add.

    SQL Server 2014/2012 Startup Parameters

    If you’ve installed SQL Server 2008 (R2) or an earlier version, click Advanced tab and add -m; before existing value in Startup Parametersbox, without any spaces.

    SQL Server 2008/2005 Startup Parameters

  4. Save your changes and restart the SQL Server instance. This will start SQL Server in single-user mode.
  5. Open an elevated Command Prompt and use the SQLCMD command to connect to your SQL Server instance:
    SQLCMD –S .\SQLEXPRESS

    Replace SQLEXPRESS with the name of your SQL Server instance.

  6. Here we’ll create a new login called “tom” and then add this account to the SA server role. Run this command:
    CREATE LOGIN tom WITH PASSWORD='P@ssword123'
    GO
    SP_ADDSRVROLEMEMBER tom,'SYSADMIN'
    GO

    Create New Login in SQL Server Single-user Mode

  7. Once you’ve successfully performed these steps, the next step is to stop your SQL Server instance. Remove the -m you’ve added in Startup Parameters.
  8. Start your SQL Server instance. Open the SQL Server Management Studio and you can login using the newly created “tom” account. You now have SA access to your SQL Server instance. You may now reset the SA password and take control of your SQL Server box.

However, if you can’t access SQL Server in single-user mode or can’t log on Windows as administrator, this method won’t work. In that situation, you need to use the SQL Server Password Changer program which enables you to unlock / reset SQL Server SA password offline.

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In this tutorial we’ll show you how to recover Windows 8 picture password and pin code, without brute-forcing them. Both Pin code and Picture Password are authentication methods based on a local user account. During setting up a Pin code or Picture Password, you’ll be prompted to enter the traditional text-based password. The problem is that Windows 8 will then store your Pin code / Picture password as well as the original text password in plain text.

Windows 8 Sign-in Options

Mimikatz is a free open-source tool to recover this plain-text password, it saves you time and power needed to brute force a 16 character NT/LM password during pen-testing or tech work. Follow this tutorial and you can decrypt Windows 8 Pin code and Picture Password in no time.

Note: Mimikatz needs admin privileges to work properly. If you couldn’t log on to Windows 8 as administrator, you can reset the forgotten local administrator password or Microsoft account password with PCUnlocker Live CD/USB drive.

How to Recover Windows 8 Picture Password and Pin Code?

  1. Download the Mimikatz tool (mimikatz_trunk.zip) from Benjamin Delpy’s blog. Decompress the zip file and you’ll then find that the tool has both 32-bit and 64-bit versions – make sure you pick the correct version.
  2. Right-click on the Mimikatz.exe file and select Run as administrator from the context menu.
  3. You’ll be provided with an interactive prompt that allows you to perform a number of different commands. Firstly we’ll need to enable debug mode with the privilege::debug command:
    privilege::debug
  4. Next run the token::elevate command to elevate your privilege to NT Authority\SYSTEM.
    token::elevate

    Mimikatz

  5. Execute the following command and it will quickly extract all types of plain-text passwords from Windows Vault, including Pin code, Picture Password and traditional text password.
    vault::list

    Recover Windows 8 Pin Code and Picture Password

If you use a Microsoft account to log on to Windows 8 and then switch to a Picture Password or a Pin, the Mimikatz tool will be able to dump your Microsoft account password as well. This is the first critical security flaw in Windows 8/8.1 that has already been discovered.

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In Windows 8, the built-in administrator account is hidden and disabled by default. If you forgot your password, you are kind of stuck getting into the machine. In this post, I will explain how to offline enable the built-in administrator account in Windows 8, so you can log back on your computer with admin rights.

How to Offline Enable Built-in Administrator Account on Windows 8?

All you need is to make a Live CD using another computer that you have full access to, then boot your Windows 8 machine from the CD and it allows you to enable the built-in administrator account easily! Here are step-by-step instructions:

Step 1: Create A PCUnlocker Live CD/USB Drive

  1. Click here to download and save the PCUnlocker self-extracting Zip file to a folder on your hard drive, then extract the ISO image file: pcunlocker.iso from it.
  2. Insert a blank CD or USB flash drive into your computer. Download and install the freeware ISO2Disc.
  3. Start the ISO2Disc program. Click the Browse button to locate your ISO image file, then click the Start Burn button to make a PCUnlocker Live CD or USB drive.

    Burn ISO Image to CD/DVD or USB flash drive

Step 2: Boot Your Locked PC from CD/USB Drive

  1. Connect the burned CD or USB drive to your locked computer. When it is powered on, check the boot-screen for setup key (i.e. DELETE key, F8 key, F2 key) to enter BIOS Setup Utility.
  2. Use the arrow keys to select the BOOT tab, then change the Boot Device Priority: Set 1st Boot Device to CDROM if you just created a bootable CD or DVD, or set 1st Boot Device to Removable Device if a bootable USB flash drive was created.

    BIOS Setting

  3. Press F10 to save your changes. Now your computer will restart and then boot from PCUnlocker Live CD/USB drive. If you still can’t get your computer to boot from the CD/USB drive, please refer to this boot up troubleshooting guide.

Step 3: Enable the Built-in Administrator Account in Windows 8

  1. After the computer boots up from the CD or USB drive, it will start the PCUnlocker program which displays a list of local accounts that are stored in Windows SAM registry hive. Select the built-in administrator account and click on Reset Password button.

    Enable the Built-in Administrator Account to Log on Windows

  2. Click Yes to confirm your operation. The program will enable the built-in administrator account and also remove its password if it is protected with a password.
  3. Click Restart to reboot the computer and remove the CD or USB drive. You can then log into Windows built-in administrator account without a password.
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