Password recovery can be a real pain especially if you lose access to your windows installation. 99% of the times the only solution that comes to mind is to perform a fresh install thereby losing all your windows settings and protected documents.
Personally I am never up for a fresh install because even if you backup everything there is something or the other that you forget. Let alone driver installations or some important software for which you do not have an install disk anymore. Most importantly you might not want to do a fresh install because you tend to recover important files that would be lost due to the windows format. So what to do then?
It seems that the “Reset Windows Password Advanced Edition” by Passcape might solve our dilemma.
Follow the steps below and you will be able to gain access to your Windows (XP/Vista/7) installations without breaking a sweat.
- Windows based computer (other than the target computer)
- DVD/CD writer- for resetting the password with a CD/DVD, or
- A blank USB (256Mb or greater) for resetting the password using a USB
- Copy of “Reset Windows Password Advanced Edition” by Passcape
Acquire a copy of “Reset Windows Password Advanced Edition” and navigate to the software folder.
This folder contains 2 files; an ISO burner and an ISO file. See image below
Open the isoburner.exe and you will be presented with the following options:
Select the method you want to use. I have used the first option “Burn ISO image to CD/DVD” to create a DVD, but you may chose option 3 “Create bootable USB disk” if your target computer does not have a DVD/CD rom or if you wish to use a USB you have handy. Depends on personal preference really!
Now select the source ISO image file provided, click open and then click next to begin the burn process.
If you chose to burn an ISO image to CD/DVD you would see the following screen. CD/DVD recorders would show the burner available on your machine. Hit next and wait for the image to be burnt to disk.
If you selected the bootable USB you would see the following screen. Just follow the onscreen instructions and hit <<Create>> to prepare your bootable USB.
Head over to the target computer and fire it up!
You might want to make sure that Boot from CD or USB is selected as the first boot preference from the BIOS menu (depending on the medium you are using).
If you already have your boot preferences set please skip to step 4 below.
To enter into the BIOS press <f2> or <f10> depending on your computer. Navigate to the “boot menu” and change the boot order priority to either CD-rom if you are using a reset disc created in the previous step or USB if you are going to recover using a USB.
Once done. Save changes and exit and the computer would restart.
Restart and Enjoy!