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Apr
26
Posted on 26-04-2012
Filed Under (Windows 8 News) by admin

The general response to the recently released Windows 8 Consumer Preview hasn’t been entirely positive. That does not mean that all is lost, though. With the first Windows 8 products widely expected to debut in the later part of 2012, Microsoft still has some time on its hands to make amends. If Microsoft does intend to make some important changes, they will most probably be part of the Windows 8 Release Candidate. But when exactly will the software giant deliver the Release Candidate?

The answer, according to WinUnleaked.tk, is late May or early June. The site claims that the Release Candidate of Windows 8 will include some “light” UI changes as far as the Charms bar, Internet Explorer 10 (desktop version), and the language input menu are concerned. It further claims that the Customer Experience Improvement Program will be disabled by default.

This latest Windows 8 rumor follows close on the heels of a Bloomberg report that hinted at an October launch for Windows 8. When asked to comment on these rumors by CNET, Microsoft refused, saying it had nothing to share.

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Apr
24

Windows 8 comes with some unique and awesome features that are not available on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. PIN security system is one of them that gives you an extra security layer from unauthorized access to your computer. Windows 8 has 3 layers of protection: the first is normal password protection available in Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. The other two i.e. PIN and Picture authentication securities are a new way to secure Windows 8 from all types of unauthorized access. I am sure I don’t need to teach you how to use password protection in Windows OS, so I am only going to explain how to create/uses of PIN and Picture password in Windows 8 here.

Before learning to set PIN and Picture passwords, let us learn about the PIN and Picture authenticating system in Windows 8. Windows 8 comes with a new security system and login security is a part of it. You can now login to Windows 8 using several ways such as a Windows Live account, password, PIN and Picture. The PIN code system is specially designed for tablets but we have the option to use it on a Windows 8 computer too. Similar to creating passwords, you can also create a PIN number in Windows 8. Once you have successfully created a PIN number, the next time onwards you will get two options on the login screen – using password and using PIN.

To open PC settings, move your cursor to the bottom right corner and click on Settings from the Charms Bar. Then click on More PC Settings to open Users related settings.

In PC settings, click on Users options situated on the left panel. In User Settings, you will get an option to Create a PIN; click on it.

Once you click on the Create a PIN button, Windows will ask you to first confirm your current user password in order to protect the users account from unauthorized PIN requests. Enter your current user password and press the OK button. Now it will open a small new window and ask you to enter the number that you want to set as your PIN. You can only set a 4 digit number as PIN (alphabetic and special characters are not allowed). After entering the desired PIN number, click on the Finish button to save settings.

Once you have finished saving your PIN, you will automatically return to the Users settings panel where you will see two new options available: Change PIN and Remove. Change PIN can be used to change an existing PIN of the user and the Remove button will remove the PIN password from the user account.

To test the PIN system, logout from your current account then try to login again using your PIN. On the login screen, you will find that now there are two sign-in options available, the first using your PIN and the second using password. When you enter all the digits of your PIN, Windows automatically logs you in without needing to press Enter.

This is the complete procedure of creating and using PIN on Windows 8.

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Apr
24

When you install the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, it will ask you for the password for your account in Windows 8 and later if you want to change your user account Password in Windows 8 then you have to follow certain steps:

Step 1: Switch to Metro UI and there select Control Panel and then click it to open it.

 

Step 2: Now in the Control Panel, navigate to “User Accounts and Family Safety” and click on “Change your Windows password”.

 

Now click on “make changes to my accounts in PC settings”:

 

Step 3: From there click on Change Your Password:



Step 4:
It will ask you the current password so enter it; after that only you can change your current password.

 

Step 5: Type New Password and then save to change the the password.

 

Remember, don’t forget the password hint, because without that, you will not be able to change the password.

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Apr
24

With Windows 8′s cross-computer password syncing, Microsoft is looking to bypass what hacker Kevin Mitnick has called the weakest link of computer security: the user. After signing in using a Live ID — a new feature on Windows 8 — you’ll be able to store any passwords you create, then sync them across all other trusted Windows 8 machines. Since the Live ID is the only password you’ll need to know, other passwords can be set to long, complex, and unique values that would be difficult to remember otherwise.

If you think this sounds familiar, you’re right — Microsoft is taking on services like 1Password and LastPass, which use a master password to sync login information across devices. While we could see them extending the password system to a new version of Windows Phone, users with a computer, phone or tablet outside the Microsoft family will probably need to stick to one of the cross-platform solutions.

Microsoft is also taking security a step further for business users by helping simplify the dedicated hardware requirement for public/private key encryption, a more secure version of credentials exchange. Windows 8 will make it easier for private keys to be stored on the Trusted Platform Module that already exists in many PCs, rather than on separate smart cards like the one shown above. For some corporate types, that could mean one less card to carry around — and it could lower the inconvenience level enough to encourage broader adoption.

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Apr
22
Posted on 22-04-2012
Filed Under (Windows 8 News) by admin

Microsoft made a blog post announcing the editions on next version of Windows, namely Windows 8. Compare to Windows 7 Editions, Windows 8 offers fewer editions with a no-compromise experience.

First, Windows 8 is the official product name for both 32bit and 64bit version of Windows.

Second, there are only 2 editions for x86 processors, again both 32 and 64 bit), Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.

The 3rd edition, namely Windows RT, is the newest member of the Windows family, previous known as Windows on ARM, or WOA. It will only be available pre-installed on PCs and Tablets powered by ARM processors. What’s interesting is that it will include a touch-optimized desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. It’s the only edition that has Microsoft Office applications preloaded.

In a nutshell,

  • Windows 8 Pro has everything, except the touch-optimized next version of Office, and device encryption capability.
  • In addition to Office and device encryption, Windows 8 doesn’t have BitLocker and BitLocker To Go, Boot from VHD, Client Hyper-V, Domain Join, Encrypting File System (EFS), Group Policy and Remote Desktop (host).

Windows RT doesn’t have Windows Media Player and Storage Spaces , in adding to the list above under Windows 8,

In terms of upgrade path,

  • Windows 8 can be upgraded from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium but cannot be upgraded directly from Windows 7 Pro and Ultimate.
  • Windows 8 Pro can be upgraded from any Windows 7 editions.
  • Windows RT cannot be upgraded directly from any version of Windows 7.

Microsoft suggested that for most of the consumers, Windows 8 will probably be the right choice. You can click here to see the detailed comparison chart for more information.

Windows RT seems to be the answer to the tablet market but to be honest, with a native Office app, which is still on the desktop environment, I don’t see a sign of any tablet powered by this version of Windows 8 can make a dent on the hot tablet or Post-PC market.

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Forgot Windows 8 login password? How to reset lost administrator password if you don’t have a password reset disc? You changed and forgot windows 8 password and is now unable to use the computer? How can we get round these problems without reinstalling Windows 8?

Here we’ll cover the most effective and easiest way to reset lost Windows 8 password. Just follow this step-by-step guide, anyone can reset their lost Windows 8 password on their own. To reset lost Windows 8 password, we need to use the Password Recovery Bundle software. Let’s see how to get started with it.

Part 1: Prepare a Windows Password Reset CD

First you need to download the setup package of Password Recovery Bundle to any computer you have access to. Install it on the computer, then launch the program. Click on the Windows Password button, the CD/DVD-burning dialog will appear. Insert a blank CD or DVD and click the Start Burn button to start creating a Windows password reset disc.

Part 2: Reset Lost Windows 8 Password

Plugin the CD you just created in the previous step into the CD/DVD drive of your locked computer. Turn on the computer, and let’s it boot from the password reset CD. If it still boots from the local hard drive, you might need to configure the BIOS to set CD-ROM as the first boot device.

The boot procedure may take about one or two minutes. Wait until the Reset Windows Password program appears.

Select the Windows SAM registry hive from the drop-down list, the program will display a list of user accounts available on your Windows 8 system.

Select the user account whose password you have lost or forgotten, then click the Reset button to delete its password.

Now restart the computer and pop up the password reset CD. You should be able log in to Windows 8 without typing a password. This trick can be used to reset lost password for any Windows system: Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP and Windows Server 2008, 2003 and 2000.

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Microsoft, as promised, released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview during their special event outside Mobile World Congress 2012. Yes, they had this little tent like structure set up just to announce the Consumer Preview and all the new features they’ve added to it.

So, what’s new in the build? Some of the more noteworthy improvements include OS-wide spell check (this is huge; it’s a feature that has been requested by a lot of people for years), the replacement of the Start button with what is called a “Start preview thumbnail” – which displays a preview of the start screen on top of an interface that allows you to cycle through all of your open apps – and the introduction of “Flyout” notifications.

This Consumer Preview release is the first official Windows 8 build drop from Microsoft since the Developer Preview, which was released during the BUILD conference last September. This was downloaded quite rapidly, surpassing the 500,000 downloads mark within 24 hours of release, and the 3 million mark by December, so it will be interesting to see how much traction the Consumer Preview will gain.

You can download Windows 8 Consumer Preview from Microsoft’s official website. It’s available in the form of ISO or a Setup file that downloads the ISO and then extracts it and so on. Windows 8 Consumer Preview is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit, so download what suits your computer best. This is going to be a huge improvement over the previous versions of Windows, so if you were giving up on it, then you should give this a try.

Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview 32-bit
Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview 64-bit
Product Key: DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

Here’s the link to the official Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview download page, just in case you are looking for the same version in other languages. Try it and let us know what you think of the new and improved Windows.

System Requirements

  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview works great on the same hardware that powers Windows 7:
  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device or higher
  • To use touch, you need a tablet or monitor that supports multitouch
  • To access Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768
  • To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768
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Forgot Windows administrator password? You are prevented from logging into Windows system as your password was changed by others? Looking for the most powerful password recovery software to crack lost Windows password? Most people are usually confronted with such or similar problem, ranging from computer newbies to experts.

In this article, I describe the largest collection and the most popular password recovery software for Windows 8, 7, Vista and Windows XP. Each software has its advantages and disadvantages. Make sure you use the right procedure for your situation.

1. Offline NT Password & Registry Editor

This utility can be used to reset or set the password for any user for a local account on your Windows NT (or Windows 7/ XP/ Vista) based system. This utility will set password without using old password, and it can recover administrator users password as well. It does not work while you running your Windows so basically you have to boot from removable media (floppy Cd etc..) in order to run it, thus you will need to have access to Machine and to bios to change the boot order if required.

It can also unlock, disabled or locked user account along with resetting password and it can also work as Registry editor in Offline mode. So it comes real handy for manual removal of Trojan and Viruses, which are not being removed by your Anti virus, or which does not allow you to open Registry editor while windows is running.

Windows passwords are stored in system in encrypted form located in system32\config directory. This file is also part of windows registry. But using Offline NT Password & Registry Editor we can edit this file as well as registry which is normally in Binary format.

To recover password, just download the ISO file from above site, burn it to a cd and boot from it after which it will allow you to delete or reset password from the menu, and you are done. It is very easy and simple to use menu driven program.

2. Ophcrack

Ophcrack is based on rainbow table method and can actually crack your windows password and show them on screen, This can be used for hacking the system, but again like others you need to download ISO image of their bootable CD, burn it and boot your PC using this CD. It comes with a GTK+ Graphical User Interface and runs on Windows, Mac OS X (Intel CPU) as well as on Linux.

3. SAMInside

SAMInside is a very powerful Windows password recovery tool but it is not free, but using demo version you can recover your password with some limitation. basically if you need to recover password for only one machine then probably you can use it for with limitations mentioned on home page given above.

SAMInside can import SAM and System registry files and can recover password, it can also recover password from these files even if they are encrypted with additional syskey. It also have several other feature which makes it most powerful Windows password recovery program. Full version of SAMInside can literally recover password for any version of windows with almost any kind of encryption used in password storage. So if you need a professional Password recovery program this is the best choice.

4. Kon-Boot

It is a free utility which was basically designed to login some Linux distribution without knowing the root password or elevate any user to have root privileges. But Now the days you can use it with windows as well. It works great with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Even with windows Server 2008 version.

Kon-Boot
Bypasses authentication check during boot and you can login to any local user account without validating or entering the password for same. so once you are logged in as Administrator user of the machine you can change the password for any user including yourself. Kon-Boot is available as Bootable Floppy and CD image on above mentioned site, and you can also create a USB boot media with Kon-Boot in it by using Unetbootin.

5. Cain & Abel

Cain & Abel not only recover Windows password but it can work with various other passwords and can sniff network data and can be used as decrypter as well. It can use dictionary, Brute force attack or cryptanalysis algorithm to decrypt password.

Cain & Abel need you to login to windows with administrator privilege, so you can recover password for any other account once you login to windows using any Administrator Account. This is not a Recover Windows password tool to use if you have forgotten the admin password for windows and unable to login to windows system as administrator. This is also not very easy to use as it was basically designed as decrypter, some advanced knowledge of computers is required in order to use Cain & Abel.

6. LCP

It is another tool which can recover windows password for free, Just like Cain & Abel. You need to have access to at least one Admin account on the machine for which you need to recover Forgotten Admin Password. LCP Is also a bit complex program just like previous one and you must have some basic cum advanced windows knowledge in order to use it. It Also uses combination of password retrieval methods including Brute force, and Dictionary attacks.

7. John The Ripper

John the Ripper is also a free tool, it was also developed for some version of Unix initially and now can work on 15 different platforms including win 32. It is one of most popular software among Unix working group for Password breaking. John the Ripper itself is a free tool but you may need to pay for the word list which is used to break the password, though you can find the wordlist for free as well. That is why It still categorized as free tool.

It contains a several password breaking techniques into single software. It can be used against encrypted passwords, MD5, DES, Kerberos, Blowfish, Windows LM Hash, MD4, LDAP and even MySQL Password. It can also use dictionary attack and brute force technique. You must be an advanced user to use it as it is a command line based program and requires knowledge of basic windows/UNIX command in order to use it.

8. Password Recovery Bundle
Password Recovery Bundle is a handy toolkit to recover over 60 types of passwords. The most impressive feature is that it can help to easily reset lost local admin password, domain admin password and other passwords on Windows 8/7/Vista/XP and Windows 2008/2003/2000 server. This program is relatively easier and powerful than most of the software mentions above.

That’s all! If you have any other password recovery software you’d like to recommend, please leave a comment. We’ll review it and add it to the collections above, if it’s excellent enough!

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Apr
01

With Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview, the world gets to try the new tablet-inspired Metro interface. But they are losing something — the Start menu.

The Start menu was the place to begin most anything. It held a list of programs, shortcuts to documents, controls for tweaking Windows and even the Shut Down button. In Windows 8, those functions are scattered about. Instead of retraining yourself all at once, why not ease into Windows 8 by putting the Start menu back? Microsoft hasn’t provided a way to do that, but others have.

In this article we’ll describe 2 methods of getting the Start menu back in Windows 8.

Method 1: Get Start Menu Back by Changing Windows Registry

Open regedit. To open registry editor in Windows 8, go to Start > Search, select Apps from right sidebar, type regedit in search bar and select ‘regedit’ from the listed Apps.

Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer and change the value of RPEnabled from “1″ to “0″ (without quotes).

Close registry editor, you will get the old start menu. You need to Log off to see the changes.

Method 2: Get Start Menu Back Using ViStart
Step 1: Download ViStart – a third-party freeware app that remakes the Windows start menu.

Step 2: When you run ViStart setup, uncheck and decline any options for toolbars that are bundled with the product. These aren’t spyware or malware installations but you probably don’t want them.

Step 3: After installation, the Start menu will return instantly.

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In Windows 8 there is a feature under User Account in Control Panel that allows you to create a Password Reset Disk, what it does is simply create an encrypted key (userkey.psw) and store that key on a removable media. It can be used when you literary forgot your password of this account that you login to Windows 8 and all you need to do is have this piece of removable media available insert it into your Windows 8. It will then let you reset the password if you have the right encrypted key.

Creating a Windows 8 password reset disk can really come in handy if you forget your account password more than often. With a password reset disk, forgetting your password will no longer be a problem. It is always recommend that you create a password reset disk when you create your password, so you don’t lose access to your files and information. You will need a USB flash drive create the reset disk for Windows 8.

How to Create a Password Reset Disk in Windows 8

  1. Log on to the user account that you want to create a password reset disk for, and plug a USB flash drive into USB port of your Windows 8 system.
  2. Open the Control Panel, and click on the User Accounts.
  3. Click on the Create a password reset disk link on the left pane.
  4. Forgotten Password Wizard will open. Click on Next.
  5. Select the USB flash drive on which you want to create a password reset disk from the drop down. Click  on Next
  6. Type in the password for the current user account, and click on Next.
  7. Click on Finish. The wizard will complete the creation of password reset disk.

Once it’s complete, you can see the file named userkey.psw created on your USB flash drive, which can be used to reset the password in case you ever forget it. Now keep this disk at a safe place so that you can find it easily when required.

How to Reset Windows 8 Password Using Password Reset Disk

In case you don’t remember your password you can use the password reset disk to reset your password. Here’s the method to perform this task:

  1. Enter a wrong password when you attempt to log on Windows 8. It will display a message that the password is incorrect. Click on OK to close the message.
  2. Connect the USB flash drive that was used to create a password reset disk on for this specific user account to your computer.
  3. Click on the Reset password link.
  4. Password Reset Wizard will open. Click on Next.
  5. Select the password reset disk you already plugged in from the drop down list. Click  on Next.
  6. Now you will need to type a new password, and of course a new hint for your password. Click  on Next.
  7.  Click on Finish.  Your password is reset. Now you can login to your user account with the new password.

Please note you need to create a password reset disk ahead of time. A password reset disk can not be created once you have already forgotten your Windows 8 password.

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