Reset lost Windows passwords with PCUnlocker
Passwords have long been a way of life. Perhaps not as much as computers had before when they were something that everyone had but definitely now. We use them for our PCs, smartphones, tablets, ATMs and even in our vehicles sometimes.
And, of course, when you need to remember something, there will always be a moment when you forget what you need to remember! Plus having numerous increasingly complicated passwords makes these passwords easy to forget. So what occurs if you forget your computer’s password and you’re the only one logging in? They panic for most people, but you don’t have to worry about it if you have some specific password recovery software handy.
PCUlocker comes into play here. It is a resetting user password tool that can reset password on any Windows user account. It’s really simple to use and in just a few minutes gets the work done. All you need to do is have it handy on a CD or USB drive and boot your media laptop and ready to reset your forgotten password.
Here is how it works:
Simply burn it to a CD or copy it to a USB flash drive once you download the software that will be in a.iso format. If you’re using a USB flash drive, just make sure your computer can boot to a USB device or use something like Rufus to create a flash drive that can be booted. Then either go to your computer’s BIOS and alter the boot order, or if your computer provides you the choice to press a certain button to select boot device during startup, then you can just do that and choose the CDROM or USB drive to boot from the beginning.
You will be provided with 3 options after your computer boots to the PCUnlocker software. The first is whether you are unlocking a password for an admin or a local user or whether you are resetting a password for an Active Directory. It will be the admin\local user option for most cases unless you are on a Windows domain, in which case your system administrator will most likely reset your password for you.
Next is the selection of the SAM registry file, which should be selected automatically for you and you should not have to alter it. Windows uses the account file SAM (Security Accounts Manager) to store user passwords in a hashed format. While Windows is booting up, the SAM file is not available, so PCUnlocker utilizes a lightweight OS to boot to access the SAM file. If you do this on a computer that is part of an Active Directory Domain, you will have to choose the Active Directory database instead of the SAM file.
You will finally have to choose which user account you want to reset the password for in phase 3. They will be mentioned here if you have more than one. You may also notice the account of the administrator, which is generally disabled by default. You can also see which accounts are locked out, deactivated, or have a blank password. If you change your mind and do not want to reset any passwords, just click the Restart button to reboot your computer and make sure that it is no longer set to boot from your CD or USB drive.
Clicking the options button gives you the options that include loading IDE, SCSI, SATA or RAID drivers, the capacity to mount a virtual drive, launch a timely command, or bypass Windows password.
Simply press the Reset Password button and enter the fresh password for that user once you pick the user you want to reset the password and press OK.
You’ll see a message stating that this user’s password has been reset effectively and you’re going to click OK. Then, with your fresh password, press the Restart button and boot to Windows usually and you’re prepared to go.
PCUnlocker comes in 3 variants and they are Standard, Professional and Enterprise and here is a list of what each version has with its pricing. On their website, you can check out for yourself PCUnlocker.