How to Lock Your Windows?

Occasionally, you also need to protect add a layer for your running computer even if you just need to step away from it for a few minutes, especially in a public place. For this, you can consider locking your computer. Once your computer is locked, it will prompt for the password to log into your Windows.

To lock your computer, the easiest way is to use the Win+L key combination. Press the Win+L key combination on the computer keyboard. The Windows logon screen will soon appear. Anyone who wants to access to the computer needs to type the right password for the user account.

In Windows 7, you can also press CTRL+ALT+DEL to lock your computer. A password will also be required in order to get back to the desktop. Besides, you can do this job by clicking the padlock button in the lower-right corner of the Start button menu.

Additionally, Windows comes with the ability to enable screen saver password. Windows would automatically lock itself as soon as the screen saver comes up. On resume, you will be asked for the password before you can enter.

How to Reset Lost Windows Password With a Linux Live CD?

When you forgot Windows password, you can easily reset it by using Windows Password Breaker in 5 minutes. If you don’t want to pay for the easy solution, a good alternative is to burn a Linux Live CD, though it is not easy-to-use for newbie. Here’s a look at how to reset Windows password with a Linux Live CD.

What’s a Linux live CD?
A live CD allows you to boot and use an operating system without using hard drive space. Live CDs are a great way to take your favorite operating system with you wherever you go. And through a Live CD, you can test and use an operating system without changing any settings on your computer. Linux is the most popular platform for live CDs.

Linux Live CD comes with many versions based on different distributions. Through a Linux CD, usually, you can change or reset your forgotten password, clone your hard drive, recover deleted files, scan your Windows PC for viruses, securely wipe your PC’s hard drive, repair damaged backup CDs, etc.

How to reset Windows password with a Linux Live CD?
Perhaps the easiest ways to use Linux to fix Windows is when you’re trying to recover a forgotten password. At first, all you need to do is to download the live .iso file for any Linux distribution (like the ever-popular Ubuntu) and burn it to CD. After that, insert it in the computer you want to reset password of and boot from that CD.

Pick “Try Ubuntu” when it comes up with the first menu, and you’ll get into a desktop environment. Now go to the Places menu and chose the target Windows drive. Please note root access might be required depending on the permission of some files. Have difficulty in viewing or copying some files, open up a terminal window by going to Applications > Accessories > Terminal and type in gksudo nautilus, leaving the password blank when prompted. You should now have access to everything.


Windows XP Still Overtakes Windows 7

Windows XP is still the world’s dominant operating system, with a 46.52 percent share of the desktop operating system market at the end of 2011, down from just over 50 percent in September, and 57.51 percent in February 2011, according to the latest Net Applications data.

But the two-year-old Windows 7 is creeping up on its decade-old brother Windows XP in market share. As of January 1st, Windows 7 jumped to 36.99 percent share, up from 24 percent at the start of the year.

Microsoft is happy to see XP go, or keep going away. To persuade users to upgrade to Windows 7, Microsoft will stop support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. And anything before Service Pack 3 is already out of support. Besides, Microsoft’s own Internet Explorer 9 only runs on Windows 7 or Vista. Other software, like some of the latest video editors, is starting to have similar requirements.

Will the left Windows XP users update to Windows 7? Or will they switch to Windows 8 directly by skipping over Windows 7? The next generation of Windows operating system is said to launch in 2012. A public beta of Windows 8 is scheduled for February.

The Net Applications data also shows that Vista was mostly criticized by consumers, dropped to 8.44 percent, down from over 11 percent at the beginning of the year. Other operating systems, including Mac OS X and Linux, remained distant followers totaling just 8 percent share.

How to Remove the Windows Startup Password?

Question: When I start up the computer, it asks the start up password? How to remove the Windows startup password? The OS is Windows XP.

Startup password? Is it the BIOS password or Windows login password? Does it ask for a password when you FIRST start it on, like before Windows loads or after?

If it appears before Windows loads, it should be the BIOS password. The BIOS is often used to describe a software that is programmed into a ROM, that runs every time you boot up a computer. And a BIOS password refers to a password set on the Bios or security chip. It appears before the operating system loads, usually on a black screen a few seconds after the laptop is started.

If so, you can simply remove the BIOS password as this will act to wipe clean all of the memory and settings in BIOS, including the stored password. Then put it back after 15-30 minutes and the data contained into the BIOS memory should be volatilized. If you are not good at computer, it’s not advised to do it by yourself. Instead, you can ask for help from a computer expert or your computer manufacture.

If the startup password appears after Windows loads, it should be your Windows login password. For this, you can simply log on to another user account with admin privileges with its password, and then reset the password for your target user account by using following steps.

1. Go to Start button and click Run box.

2. Enter “lusrmgr.msc” in the Run box and click OK.

3. Expand the Users folder on the coming Local Users and Groups window. You’ll see all the user accounts on the computer.

4. Right-click your target user account and select Reset password.

5. Enter a new password twice for the target account.

That’s all. Done! If you don’t have another admin account available on the logon screen, you can have a try of the default administrator account. It’s well known that the built-in administrator in Windows XP is enabled and not password protected by default. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del twice on the Windows logon screen to bring up the classic log-on box, type “administrator” in the username box and then press Enter to try to get into the administrator account. If you never set a password for this account, you’ll be able to get into Windows. Next you can follow the directions listed above to reset the lost Windows XP password. If failing to get into Windows, you can resort to other methods, like third-party Windows password reset applications.

Windows Password Breaker Professional is professionally designed to reset forgotten login passwords for Windows 7/Vista/XP and Window server 2008(R2)/2003(R3)/2000. With this powerful application, you can burn a bootable password reset disk with a CD/DVD or USB flash drive in seconds in any PC. Then you can boot the computer you want to reset password for from the bootable disk. After that, you’ll be able to reset the forgotten Windows password to blank in a minute.

The whole Windows password reset process will cost you a few minutes, no matter how long and complicated your lost password is. 100% secure guaranteed. No any data loss or damage. No computer skills required. Video Guide and step-by-step tutorial are available on its official website.

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How to delete password in Windows 7/Vista?

Your Windows password is your first line of defense against unauthorized users. So deleting the password is not recommended. But you can do this job if you are in need. The following information tells you how to remove Windows password in Windows 7/Vista.

When you can remember the password
1. Go to Start – Control Panel – Family Safety and User Accounts – User Accounts.

2. On the Make changes to your user account area of the User Accounts window, click the Remove your password link.

3. On the coming Window, enter your current Windows 7/Vista password and click “Remove password” button.

When you forgot the password
If you forgot the password in Windows 7/Vista, Windows Password Breaker will help you to remove the password instantly in an easy and safe manner. This method is usually applied when you are locked out of computer after forgetting its password.

1. Download Windows Password Breaker, install and launch this program.

2. Insert a CD/DVD/USB drive in the computer.

3. Burn a bootable password reset disk with the inserted device.

4. Boot the computer you want to reset password of from the bootable password reset disk.

5. Reset the forgotten password to blank.

6. Log on to the computer without password.

More details please refer to the following video guide.

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