Friday, July 25, 2014

How to Unlock Acer Aspire Laptop After Forgot Windows 8 Password

Locked out of your Acer Aspire laptop because you've forgotten Windows 8 login password? PCUnlocker is an amazing bootdisk that can reset Windows 8 Microsoft / local account password offline. Here's a detailed walkthrough on how to reset lost Windows 8 password on Acer Aspire laptop, which will guide you directly through all the steps involved.

Part 1: Create A PCUnlocker Boot Disk
  1. Before resetting Acer laptop password, you need to use another computer to make a PCUnlocker boot disk. Simply download the trial version of PCUnlocker Enterprise, unzip the downloaded file and you'll get an ISO image file called pcunlocker.iso.
  2. Next download and install the freeware ISO2Disc. Run the ISO2Disc program, click on Browse button to select the PCUnlocker ISO image.
    Create a PCUnlocker boot disk
  3. Select your target media (CD or USB drive) and Click on Start Burn to make a PCUnlocker bootdisk.
Part 2: Change Boot Order in BIOS
  1. Once you've completed the above step, put in the CD into the optical drive or plug in the USB drive into the Acer Aspire laptop you want to reset the password for.
  2. Power on your Acer Aspire laptop. As soon as the Acer logo screen appears, immediately press the F2 key, or the DEL key if you have a desktop, to enter the BIOS.
  3. Once you're in the BIOS Setup, go to the Boot menu. Disable the Secure Boot option and change Boot Mode from UEFI to Legacy BIOS. Move the CD-ROM or USB HDD to the top of the boot priority order list.
    Acer UEFI BIOS
  4. Press F10 to save your changes and exit the BIOS.
Part 3: Reset Acer Aspire Windows 8 Password
  1. The computer will then restart from PCUnlocker boot disk. After a while, you'll see the PCUnlocker program and it shows you a list of local accounts existing on your Acer Aspire laptop.
    Reset Windows Password
  2. Choose a local account and then click Reset Password button, it will reset your forgotten password immediately. If you use a Microsoft account as your laptop's login, you can see your Windows Live ID in the Description column. Choose that associated local account to proceed, this program will assign a new password to your Microsoft account which can later be used to login to Windows 8 locally.
Restart your Acer Aspire laptop and revert the changes that you've made in BIOS. You can then log on Windows 8 system without the need of a password. No need to reinstall or format your hard drive just for a simple forgotten Windows 8 password.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Lenovo Yoga Windows 8.1 Laptop Password Reset

Forgot Windows 8.1 password to your Lenovo Yoga laptop? Ever wondered how to recover or reset a forgotten Windows password? PCUnlocker is a reliable, self-booting recovery CD that can reset the password of Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP. Just boot up your Lenovo Yoga laptop with PCUnlocker Live CD and you can bypass Windows 8.1 password easily!

Note: This method works on all Lenovo Yoga series laptops that come with Windows 8.1 pre-installed, including Yoga 2 Haswell, Yoga 2 Bay Trail, Yoga 2 Pro.

How to Reset Forgotten Windows 8.1 Password on Lenovo Yoga Laptop?

Before getting started, you need to make a PCUnlocker Live CD on an alternate computer. Download the zipped ISO image of PCUnlocker and extract it. Next burn the resulting pcunlocker.iso file to a blank CD (or USB stick) using the ISO2Disc program.

Put the CD in the CD drive of your Lenovo Yoga laptop. To get the laptop to boot from CD, we need to go into the BIOS and switch the Boot Mode from Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) to Compatibility Support Mode (CSM). When the computer is off, press the Novo button and then select BIOS Setup.

In the BIOS Setup Utility, go to Security tab, and disable the Secure Boot option. Next, on the Boot tab, change the Boot Mode from UEFI to Legacy Support. Save the changes and exit BIOS. Shut down the laptop and then press the Novo button again and then choose Boot Menu. Choose to boot from PCUnlocker Live CD.

The laptop will load the WinPE OS from CD and open up the PCUnlocker utility. At this point the program can directly access the Security Accounts Manager (SAM) database and extract all your Windows user accounts.

Select your user account and click on "Reset Password" button. The program will reset your forgotten password by modifying the stored password hashes in the SAM registry file. Restart the computer and take out the CD. You can then log back into your Lenovo Yoga Windows 8.1 laptop with a blank password!


The advantage of this method is that it is very quick if you already have the PCUnlocker Live CD in your tool box. Thus it is useful for admins who have to perform this procedure often.