Tuesday, August 26, 2014

How to Reset Forgotten Windows 8.1 Password on Dell XPS Ultrabook

Forgot Windows 8.1 password on your Dell XPS ultrabook? Is there a way to reset or bypass Dell XPS login password? There are a number of other ways to get around Windows 8.1 password, but the easiest way is resetting the lost password with PCUnlocker, a bootable utility that can bypass any local / Microsoft account password in Windows 8.1, including locked or disabled accounts. In this tutorial I'll show you how to reset forgotten Windows 8.1 password on Dell XPS ultrabook.

Part 1: Create A PCUnlocker Live CD/USB Drive
  1. Before resetting Dell XPS password, you need to use another computer to make a PCUnlocker Live CD/USB drive. 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, then choose your CD recorder or USB flash drive.
    Create a GPT bootable PCUnlocker USB drive
  3. Click on Start Burn. A bootable PCUnlocker CD or USB drive will be created in minutes.
Part 2: Reset Windows 8.1 Password on Dell XPS Ultrabook
  1. Insert the burned CD or USB drive into your Dell XPS 12/13/15 ultrabook.
  2. Turn on (or restart) your computer. When the DELL logo is displayed, watch for the F2 prompt to appear and then press F2 immediately to access the UEFI Setup.
  3. Navigate to the Boot tab by using the arrow keys of the keyboard. Disable Secure Boot and enable Load Legacy Option Rom. Change Boot List Option from UEFI to Legacy.
  4. Save your changes and exit BIOS. The computer will restart automatically. When you see the DELL logo again, repeatedly press F12 until the Boot Options menu appears.
  5. On the Boot Options menu choose the device you want to boot from. For example, if you are booting to PCUnlocker Live CD, highlight CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive and press Enter.
  6. After a while, you'll see the PCUnlocker program and it shows you a list of local accounts existing on your Dell XPS ultrabook.
    Reset Windows Password
  7. 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 PC's login, choose the local account associated with your Windows Live ID and then reset its password.
Restart your Dell XPS ultrabook and remove the PCUnlocker Live CD/USB drive. Remember to change the Boot List Option back to UEFI in BIOS. You can then log in to your Windows 8.1 system without a password!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Reset Forgotten Windows 8 Password on HP Desktop PC

Forgot administrator password for your Windows 8 HP computer? There may be occasions when for whatever reason you can't get into your HP computer because you've lost the Windows 8 password, maybe you just change the login password but can't remember the new password. Don't fear though, there is a simple way to remove HP Windows 8 login password.

In this tutorial I will explain how to reset lost password on a brand new HP desktop running Window 8 using a bootdisk - PCUnlocker Live CD/USB drive.

Part 1: Create A PCUnlocker Live CD/USB Drive
  1. Before removing lost HP password, you need to make a PCUnlocker boot media from an alternate PC. Simply download the trial version of PCUnlocker, unzip the downloaded file and you'll get a bootable CD image file named 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 Live CD/USB Drive

  3. To make a PCUnlocker Live CD, simply select Burn to CD/DVD and click on Start Burn. If you don't have a blank CD at hand, you can choose to make a bootable USB flash drive.
Part 2: Reset HP Windows 8 Password
  1. Plug the USB drive into a USB port of your HP desktop PC requiring a password removal, or put the CD in the optical drive if you've created a Live CD.
  2. Turn on the computer and immediately press the F10 key repeatedly, about once every second, until the BIOS Setup Utility opens.
  3. Navigate to the Security menu and choose Secure Boot Configuration.

    HP BIOS Setup

  4. When the Secure Boot Configuration warning displays, press F10 to continue.
  5. At the Secure Boot Configuration page, enable Legacy Support and disable Secure Boot. Press F10 to save your changes.

    Disable HP Secure Boot

  6. The computer will then reboot. Quickly press ESC key to enter the Startup Menu.

    HP Startup Menu

  7. Press F9 to access the Boot Menu. At the Boot Menu screen specify your boot device (CD or USB).
  8. Once booted into PCUnlocker Live CD/USB drive, you'll see a list of local accounts that are stored in your Windows 8 SAM registry hive.

    Reset Windows Password
  9. Choose an account and then click Reset Password, it will reset your Windows 8 login password instantly. If you've chosen the local account associated with your Windows Live account, it will also reset your Microsoft account password locally.
At this point you've successfully reset lost Windows 8 password on your HP desktop PC. Remove the CD/USB drive and reboot the computer, change the Secure Boot settings back to default, then boot into Windows. You should now be able to login without a password!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Log on Automatically to Windows 8 Microsoft Account without Password

For security purpose, we usually set a long and strong password for a Microsoft account, which is fine when I'm logging in to Microsoft website because my password manager software helps - but that's no good for logging into Windows 8. If you don't want to type in your password every time Windows starts up, you can setup Windows 8 so that it will bypass the login screen and log on to your Windows 8 Microsoft account automatically.

Tips: If you've forgotten your Microsoft account password and unable to reset the password online, you can bypass Windows 8 Microsoft account password with PCUnlocker, so you can still log back into your system and regain access to all your files.

How to Log on to Windows 8 Microsoft Account without Password?
  1. Press the Windows + R keyboard combination to bring up a Run box, when it appears type netplwiz and hit Enter. netplwiz
  2. This will open the User Accounts dialog box, which will display a list of all the users on your computer, including both local accounts and Microsoft accounts.
  3. Next click on the username in the bottom window, which should be your email address if you are using the Microsoft account to log into your Windows 8 PC. Uncheck the Users must enter a username and password to use this computer checkbox. windows-8-user-accounts
  4. Click Apply and you'll get a pop up dialog that asks you to enter your login credentials. Just type in your Microsoft account password twice and click OK. automatically-login
  5. Now go ahead and restart your computer and Windows 8 should automatically boot up to the Start Screen, without prompting you to enter a Microsoft account password.
This can speed up the logon process if you are the only user on the system. However, we don't recommend to enable automatic login if your PC is accessible by multiple users or while you're traveling.