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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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How to view or reveal your saved website passwords from Internet Explorer 10? In versions 7, 8 and 9 of Internet Explorer, passwords are protected using DPAPI and the login URL as entropy before being saved in the registry. Since Internet Explorer 10, it no longer stores encrypted passwords in the registry, and they’re stored in the Windows Vault, which is the default storage vault for the credential manager information.

Internet Explorer 10 / 11 Stored Passwords

In this article we’ll show you how to recover Internet Explorer 10 stored passwords from Windows Vault. With the Internet Explorer Password Recovery program you can retrieve all autocomplete passwords that are stored in the Credential Manager. This can be useful if a user forgot the password before reinstalling Windows.

How to Recover Internet Explorer 10 Stored Passwords?

  1. Download and install the Internet Explorer Password Recovery program on your computer.
  2. After you’ve installed it, start the program.
  3. Click on the Start Recovery button, and then select the Recover IE Passwordoption from the drop-down menu.
  4. The program will decrypt your website passwords saved in Windows Vault, and display the login information (including website URL, username and password) immediately.

Besides recovering Internet Explorer 10/11 passwords, Internet Explorer Password Recovery program can also extract the saved passwords from Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, 9.

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Posted on 19-03-2014
Filed Under (Windows 8 Password) by admin

Lost or forgot Windows 8 password on your Mac and don’t have a reset disk? How to reset Windows password from Mac? There are many Windows password recovery tools (such as Ophcrack, Offline NT Password & Register Editor) that could be used to crack Windows 8 password on a PC, but the major issue is that they are incompatible with Mac EFI Firmware.

mac-boot-into-windows

PCUnlocker is a recovery boot CD which can be used to remove Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP passwords on any PC and Mac. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to reset lost Windows 8 password on Mac using the PCUnlocker program.

How to Reset Windows 8 Password on Mac?

Step 1: Download the PCUnlocker program on your current computer. The downloaded file is a zip file. Decompress it and you’ll see an ISO image file named pcunlocker.iso, which contains a WinPE boot image along with the PCUnlocker application.

Step 2: Now you have to burn the ISO image to a blank CD. In Apple Mac, just open the Disk Utility (navigate to Finder > Applications > Utilities) and click on the Burn button, it allows you to burn ISO file. If your current computer is Windows machine, you can use the freeware ISO2Disc to make a bootable CD (or USB drive) from the ISO image.

Step 3: The next step is to boot your Mac from the CD you’ve burned. Just shut down your Mac, then turn it back on. When you hear the Mac startup Chime, press and hold the Option/Alt key. You’ll be shown all the bootable drives on your Mac, including the CD drive. Use the arrow key to choose the CD-ROM and press the Enter key.

Step 4: Your Mac will load the Windows PE OS from the CD. Once the PCUnlocker launches, you could see a list of local accounts that are found in your Windows 8 SAM registry file. Just choose your desired account and click on Reset Password button. The program will reset your forgotten Windows 8 user password instantly.

Step 5: Click on Restart button and remove the CD. Now you can boot your Mac into Windows 8 successfully without being asking for a password! Enjoy it!

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Mar
04
Posted on 04-03-2014
Filed Under (Windows 8 Tips & Tweaks) by admin

Lost admin rights / privileges on your Windows 8 user account? If you can’t access the administrator account, or your administrator account was demoted to a guest or limited account, you will be restricted from performing any administrative tasks.

In this tutorial we’ll explain how to regain your PC’s administrator rights with PCUnlocker. PCUnlocker is a bootable utility that could be used to promote a limited / standard user account to administrator, or unlock / reset your forgotten administrator password on Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP.

Part 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 burn the ISO image to your CD or USB flash drive.

    Burn ISO Image to CD/DVD or USB flash drive

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

  1. Connect the burned CD or USB drive to the computer that you’re trying to gain admin rights on. 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.

Part 3: Gain Admin Rights on Windows 8 Account

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

    Gain Admin Rights on Windows Account

  2. Click Yes to confirm your operation. The program will remove your user password, promote your account to an administrator if it’s a standard or limited account, and enable / unlock it when necessary.
  3. Click Restart to reboot the computer and remove the CD or USB drive. You can then log into your Windows 8 administrator-level user account without a password.

It’s so easy to get admin rights back on your Windows 8 account and regain full control of your computer. I hope this will also help you in case you lost admin rights on Windows 8.

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Mar
04

I have a Windows 8 VMware image whose admin password is forgotten. How can I reset or recover the password? Or do I need to rebuild a new machine?

If you ever lost your Windows 8 password, that could be a very heart wrenching feeling. Don’t Panic! This process works for both physical machines as well as Virtual VMware Images. I’ll take you through the steps to reset VMware password:

Step 1: First, download the PCUnlocker program from here and save it on your host machine. The download file is a self-extracting archive which contains an ISO image: pcunlocker.iso.

Step 2: Shut down your Windows 8 VM and attach the PCUnlocker ISO image to the virtual CD/DVD drive.

Step 3: Now you need to change the boot order in BIOS. To make it easier to access the BIOS setup screen, edit the virtual machine’s configuration (.vmx) and add or edit one of these options:

bios.forceSetupOnce = "TRUE"

Step 4: When your VM instance boots, you will be in the BIOS. Change the BIOS settings so that your VM Image first boots from the CDROM. Save your changes and exit.

Step 5: During booting, PCUnlocker will start automatically and you’ll see a list of system user account. Select the user you want to clear the password and clear (delete) that password.

Step 6: Click on “Restart” button to quit this program and then shut down your VM instance.

Step 7: Edit the *.vmx file again and change: bios.forceSetupOnce = “TRUE” to bios.forceSetupOnce = “FALSE”. Save your changes.

Step 8: Restart your VM instance and you can then log back into Windows 8 without a password!

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