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10 Tools to Recover Forgotten or Lost Windows Password

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This has happened to millions of windows users when they forget their login passwords of their windows account. There’s always a password hint that might help in remembering but what if you never stored your password anywhere else or set a hint for it? Well, if this happens then you can simply ask other users of the same system with an administrator account to reset password for you.

But what will you do when there’s no other admin account except yours on the system? How to reset or restore windows password without clean formatting system? If you have forgotten your password, or are locked out then there’s no need to panic at all. All you need is a secondary working system and a password resetting or recovering tool installed in it!

Windows Password recovery or reset tools are specially developed tools that are installed on a CD or USB flash drive to be executed at system startup. The software runs before the operating system is loaded and has the capability to restore, reset or clean the password from system’s registry. Most of these tools completely remove the password in seconds while some can restore passwords in a matter of minutes.

While looking for these extremely useful applications, I found these 10 best and working. Most of them are paid versions and come with a user-friendly interface which a beginner can easily configure to created reset bootable device to restore password. While few of these are FREE but also work most of the time. All the tools below all versions of Windows including Windows 7.


1. Windows Password Recovery

Windows Password Recovery 6.0
Windows Password Recovery 6.0 is an easy-to-use tool designed for resetting local administrator and user passwords on any Windows system. Provides solution for Home users and the Overall Best for Businesses. You only need to boot from Windows Password Recovery 6.0 CD/DVD or USB Flash Drive, and reset forgotten password to Blank . Then you can get back into your system with blank password. No need to call a technician, no need to re-install anything, and you certainly don’t need to reformat.

Price : $19.95


2. Windows Password Finder

Windows Password Finder
Very fast and responsive. Instantly find or reset your Windows Administrator or Windows user account passwords Support all Windows including Windows 7. Super user-friendly graphic interface, you can find or reset your password in seconds. Even kids can do it.

Price : $49.95 ( for 3 PC’s)


3. Windows Password Reset

Windows Password Reset Standard
Helps you remove Windows login password instantly!Windows Password Reset Standard is designed for you to remove lost Windows login password. Do not need to reinstall the system when you forgot the Windows password. Supports USB, burning CD/DVD to remove lost Windows login password.

Price: $19.95


4. Windows Password Unlocker

Windows Password Unlocker
It is a professionally Windows Password Recovery product to help you reset lost Windows local password and domain password. It allows you to regain access to computer by burning a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive to remove forgotten password. And there are 3 different editions to meet your actual needs for Windows password recovery.

Price : $19.95


5. Elcomsoft System Recovery

Elcomsoft System Recovery
Elcomsoft System Recovery comes ready to boot from a CD, and makes it easy to create a bootable USB Flash Drive. No need to create a bootable disc and no need to reach for a Windows setup disks to make one! ElcomSoft has licensed the Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) directly from Microsoft, allowing the company to distribute the completely working bootable Windows environment.The Windows PE environment offers complete access to the familiar Windows graphical user interface. No command line scripts and no poor imitations of the Windows GUI!

Price : $49


6. Windows Password Recovery Tool

Windows Password Recovery Tool
Very easy to use. No need to call a technician, no need to re-install anything, and you certainly don’t need to reformat. With Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 you can reset any windows password as easy as 1-2-3.

Price : $49


7. Windows Password Key

Windows Password Key
Considered as the best tool to reset local administrator and user passwords on any Windows system. It creates a password recovery CD/DVD, USB Flash Drive for home, business and enterprise. And most of all, it’s the most popular and safe solution for removing your Windows password until now. Safe and quick but doesn’t offer graphical UI.

Price: $19.95


8. Ophcrack

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Ophcrack is a free Windows password cracker based on rainbow tables. It is a very efficient implementation of rainbow tables done by the inventors of the method. It comes with a Graphical User Interface and runs on multiple platforms.Runs on Windows, Linux/Unix, Mac OS X. Brute-force module for simple passwords. Real-time graphs to analyze the passwords. LiveCD available to simplify the cracking.

Price : FREE


9.  Offline NT Password & Registry Editor

Offline NT Password and Registry Editor
Reset the password of any user that has a valid (local) account on your Windows NT/2k/XP/Vista/Win7 etc system. You do not need to know the old password to set a new one. It works offline, that is, you have to shutdown your computer and boot off a floppydisk or CD or another system. Will detect and offer to unlock locked or disabled out user accounts. There is also a registry editor and other registry utilities that works under linux/unix, and can be used for other things than password editing.

Price: FREE


10. PCLoginNow

PCLoginNow
PCLoginNow is an easy-to-use tool to reset local administrator and other accounts passwords on Windows system. No need to reinstall the system. It resets Windows passwords and Windows security settings instantly. Besides the abilities of resetting passwords, PCLoginNow can also help you maintain, change accounts policy setting and properties. You can easily upgrades an general account to administrator level, lock or unlock those accounts you don’t need anymore, And moreover, all of these are done without booting your tedious, time-comsuming Windows System.

Price: FREE

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How Important It Is To Allow Windows Updates To Install Automatically

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Surely there isn’t a computer user around the globe who hasn’t encountered a windows update pop-up. We’ve all come across it unless you’ve always been a Mac user. Mostly people ignore these updates and think of them as something not too important. Eventually after having denied an update request for the umpteenth time, users resolve is to disable the automatic updates feature and instead handle updates manually.

But, these updates aren’t unimportant, one major reason is the security issue that it can cause if ignored, and surely no one  would like their computer to be an easy target for hackers; that’s not all and there is more to it than security.

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Therefore, we’ll discuss the factors which will enlighten you regarding how important it is to allow windows updates to install automatically?

Following are the factors which explain the importance of automatic updates:

1. Security Updates

Microsoft keeps improving any bugs and issues reported in its operating system. Therefore, patches are routinely released to fix these issues. After a patch is publicly released it becomes apparent where the loophole is; in such a circumstance quick action must be taken before hackers can make their move to unfairly benefit from the problem. If during this time you keep your updates on manual installation, then you’re providing hackers a golden chance to create a huge issue for yourself. Thence, automatic updates are important and essential, so that hackers can be prevented from harming your computer. Also, Microsoft adds malware definitions to Windows defender and Microsoft essentials; so if a virus hits your system, you’d surely want it to be detected before it infects and corrupt your system.

2. General Updates and Bug fixes

Whilst the most important part of Windows updates is related to security, there are also general issues of Windows operating system which are required to be fixed. Updates are also made to resolve bugs, windows has a complex coding and possibility of several bugs is always there. Therefore, these bug fixes can help in removing annoying issues and aid in stabilizing the operating system; as speed can also be affected by bugs and not necessarily by a virus or malicious file.

3. New Feature updates

Windows updates also introduce new features at times alongside the bug fixes and security patches. For instance, Internet Explorer is updated. However, we know that users rarely prefer using Internet Explorer, still these updates can come handy in times of dire need. Also, when support and patches for an older version are ceased, then the unfixed loopholes can pose a threat to your computer; just as it was mentioned earlier, security problems are identified on the regular basis in various parts of the Windows operating system, including ActiveX and .NET Framework, alongside the main platform.

Final Verdict

All in all, I’d conclude this by suggesting to enable auto updates. Previously people had faced issues with auto updates, like blue screen error or simply disliked it because by the time one came back from a short break, the windows update auto rebooted a computer within ten minutes and therefore, all important work on one’s PC used to vanish into thin air unsaved; this made them stop it altogether, but well gone are the days when that happened, and now that you are aware of its importance, you shan’t delay updates to refrain from being reminded by the continuous pop-ups. How important it is to allow automatic updates can also be defined by the fact that auto updates can no longer be disabled now; in windows 8 and above, windows updates may be delayed for almost 3 days before they finally install, but disabling them isn’t a choice.

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Send Text Messages from Windows 10 Through Cortana

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Send Text Messages from Windows 10 Through Cortana

Microsoft has a cool feature up its sleeves! A feature that will allow users to send text messages from Windows 10 through Cortana, will be released soon by Microsoft. This is a good news for Windows users who find it inconvenient to switch between their mobile phone and desktop while at work. But this new feature integrated in Cortana will make it easier for users to tackle their calls and texts from their desktop.

Those who aren’t using Windows 10 on their desktop or mobile phone device, might not be familiar with the name. Cortana is a virtual assistant, similar to Siri which was introduced by Apple. Now with Windows 10, Microsoft has introduced Cortana as a personal assistant for their users. And alongside the several tasks that “she” performs for you, one of it is this new feature of text messaging from Windows 10.

Send Text Messages from Windows 10 Through Cortana

How to send text messages from windows 10 through Cortana?

Well, there are two ways to send text messages from Windows 10; whenever you receive a message from someone or wish to send a new message, you can either type your message or simply use voice input to reply back from Cortana’s desktop app. The message will be then transferred to your mobile phone where it will be saved as part of the conversation. Alongside this Cortana also informs you of a missed call, which you can either ignore or reply to by a text message. This works by using your Microsoft account on Desktop and mobile, and syncs them both. If you have multiple computers then the missed call alerts feature can be disabled as well.

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When Cortana Windows Text Messaging will be available?

Cortana windows text messaging feature currently works on Desktop with build 10565. However, two of the new Windows 10 mobile phones which were recently launched running build 10549 do not support windows text messaging through Cortana.  For this, users who are currently using Windows mobile build 10549 will need to wait until Windows 10 mobile build 10565 is released, so it is expected that by December this feature will be available for Windows users. Another question is, whether this feature will work solely with Windows 10 mobile phones, or will it also work on Cortana for Android and iOS? However, that only time will tell!

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How Windows 10 Helps Increase Your Business Productivity

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The launch of Windows 10 was marked with pomp, online and in the media, especially on the implications it had for home users. However, the new operating system does have a suite of unique tools to offer businesses looking to increase their productivity. In this post, we see what upgrading from your current Windows version (Windows 7 or Windows 8) to Windows 10 means for you, your business and employees.

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Increased Security

A user with a Microsoft Windows 10 device enrolls in your business system as a factor, such as a smartphone. So long as the user is close to your system, they can sign into it without requiring your password. A second security factor is a pin number or a biometric scanner for fingerprint or retina scanning. This multi-factored system allows your user to log into the system from any device or computer safely and securely.

The Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Windows 10 solution separates your business data from personal data. Business and sensitive corporate materials are automatically encrypted using BitLocker. This encryption happens as soon as you create or receive files concerning your business. You have the option of defining what you consider business and what is personal, and Window 10 automatically protects and secures these vital data on your company network.

Increased Efficiency

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For starters, Windows 10 does not require a learning curve. The operating system is firmly based on the familiar Start menu and Desktop of Windows 7. Also, the enhanced Start menu offers single click access to some of the most used files and functions on your computer. You can also setup virtual desktops easily and quickly, and switch between them depending on what aspect of your business you are working on. With separate desktops, you can enter the necessary workspace and quickly access the relevant files and programs without closing and opening numerous applications, folders and files.

Work Anywhere

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Microsoft’s Universal Apps model means that you can now use the same application to keep track of your office inventory from home, on the road or anywhere in the world. You can do all these without downloading different systems and integrating numerous applications of various platforms. Your database software is available to you on any device that runs Windows 10. You can now use your corporate email program, word processor or any other program from the same page on whichever Windows 10 device. This capability offers you functionality without downloading different versions for each platform of the same software. The result is fewer overhead costs and easier fixes and updates.

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