Reset missing PCUnlocker Windows passwords
For a long time now, passwords have been a way of life. Maybe not as much as computers had before when they were something that everyone had, but certainly now. We use them for our PCs, laptops, smartphones, ATMs and even in our cars sometimes.
And, of course, when you need to recall something, there will always be a moment when you forget what you need to remember! Plus having many increasingly complex passwords makes these passwords harder to forget. So what happens if you forget your computer’s password and you’re the only one to sign in? We panic for most users, but you don’t have to think about it if you have any advanced 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 easy to use and in just a few minutes you get the job done. All you need to do is have it handy on a CD or USB drive and boot your media machine and ready to reset your forgotten key.
Here is how it works:
You either burn it to a CD or copy it to a USB flash drive until you install the program that is going to be in a.iso format. If you’re using a USB flash drive, just make sure your machine can boot to a USB device or use something like Rufus to make a flash drive that can be booted. Then either go to your computer’s BIOS and change the boot order, or if your computer gives you the option to press a certain key to pick boot device during initialization, 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 machine boots to the PCUnlocker app. The first is whether you are unlocking a password for an admin or a local client 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 choice of the SAM registry folder, which should be chosen automatically for you and you should not have to change it. For Windows, the registry directory SAM (Security Accounts Manager) is used to store user passwords in a hashed format. When Windows is booting up, the SAM file is not available, so PCUnlocker uses a lightweight OS to boot to access the SAM file. If you do this on a device that is part of an Active Directory Network, you will have to choose the Active Directory server instead of the SAM archive.
You will eventually have to choose which user account you want to reset the password for in step 3. They will be listed here if you have more than one. You may also note the account of the administrator, which is normally disabled by default. You can also see that accounts are locked out, deactivated, or have a blank password. When you change your mind and you don’t want to reset passwords
Clicking the options button gives you the options that include loading IDE, SCSI, SATA or RAID drivers, the ability to mount a virtual disk, release a prompt command, or bypass Windows code.
Simply click the Reset Password button and enter the new password for that account when you pick the user you want to reset the password and click OK.
You’ll see a message saying that this user’s password has been reset successfully and you’re going to press OK. So, with your new password, press the Restart button and boot to Windows normally and you’re good to go.
PCUnlocker comes in 3 models and they are Standard, Professional and Enterprise and here is a rundown of what each edition has with its pricing. On their website, you can check out PCUnlocker.