Best Tool to Reset Your Windows Password

We tend to forget our Windows Password in many circumstances. Maybe you can reinstall Windows, but is there any easy way out? Well, there are. You can go for Password Reset utilities which help you unlock your PC. Let us find more details about one such excellent piece of software today.

It is quite common to forget your Windows Password. In a digital world filled with several passwords and other credentials, it may not come as a surprise. But, what about the complications you may need to go through as a consequence? Well, it could indeed be a nightmare. Especially so when you have not used your device for ages. Of course, you can reinstall Windows and get things up and be running. But then, what about the data that you would be forced to lose? That is precisely where password reset utilities come into play. One such worthy piece of software tool is PCUnlocker. We will go through a detailed review of this excellent utility that saves you from the nightmare of having to reinstall Windows.

What is PCUnlocker?

Well, as you might have come to know already - PCUnlocker is a utility that would help you reset your Windows password and get your access back to the system as a whole, and the files in particular. The tool is developed by Top Password Software Inc, a firm well known for sophisticated programs and software utilities.

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It works as a bootable tool. The tool has several functionalities packed into one. You can use it to reset your Windows password. Apart from that, it can also be used to reset your Microsoft account password as well.
The service can be used on all machines running on UEFI and BIOS. That would mean you can use it to recover your Windows password on computers running Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP. What makes it even more of a great option is its capability to work with virtual machines running on VMware, Parallels, VirtualBox, Microsoft Virtual PC or Hyper-V. If you need to reset admin and user passwords for Windows Server 2016/2012/2008/2003/2000 - no issues! The tool can handle that as well.

How to work with PCUnlocker?

Prepare your Bootable media

As we stated before, it works as a bootable media. That would make it a perfect choice for machines that have been locked up. However, to download and create a bootable disc, you will need to have access to another computer.

DownloadPCUnlocker from its official website. Once the file is downloaded, extract it to any specific location on your computer. Latest versions of Windows have built-in utilities for extracting the zip file. If you are on any older version, use tools like 7zip or WinRAR.

Next step would involve creating a bootable media. Insert a USB Flash Drive or a blank CD into your computer. Burn the files you downloaded in the previous step. You can either use ISO2Disc utility (which is incidentally made by Top Password themselves) or any other standard procedure.

Run the program on your PC

Next step would be to run the tool on the affected PC. Insert the bootable drive you created in the above steps to your PC and choose the USB Drive or the appropriate mode for booting your computer. You may need to access your Boot settings in some cases. The key sequences to access boot settings differ from machine to machine depending upon the brand.

Once you have booted into a proper mode, it should be a matter of seconds for the PCUnlocker screen to appear on your computer. Resetting your password from here should be an easy task. Follow the sequences carefully.
Choose a recovery mode depending upon your requirements. Click on either Reset Local Admin/User Password or Reset Active Directory Password. Once it is chosen, you will need to access the SAM File. SAM for the uninitiated, is Security Account Manager of Windows system. It is in this database that Windows stores the login credentials of different users allowed to access the system. The credentials are stored in an encrypted format in this database.
In an ideal case, PCUnlocker should be able to detect and access SAM file. If it fails to do so in extreme cases, you may need to use the Browse option to access it yourself. On accessing the SAM file, PCUnlocker will list out the user accounts available on your PC. Choose the one that you would want to reset the password for and click on Reset Password option. You may get a confirmation dialog box. Click on YES to proceed.
PCUnlocker should now reset your password and come up with a confirmation box. Please note that the new password will be reset to blank. That would mean you do not need to enter any password to boot into Windows.

The features we love about PCUnlocker

PCUnlocker is indeed a great option for resetting your Windows password. Some of the features that would make it an excellent tool can be summed up as -
  • An All In One solution - PCUnlocker works as an all-rounder when it comes to your needs in password reset. It not only offers you ways to reset your Windows password but also helps you reset domain admin and user passwords, DSRM passwords, local admin passwords on Windows and admin passwords on virtual machines.
  • Complete compatibility - The tool is compatible with almost all versions of Windows - including now almost obsolete XP. It also supports Windows Server editions. Moreover, it does support various file formats systems like SATA, RAID, FAT16 or NTFS.
  • Simple interface - The simple and easy to use interface is one of the features that makes it an user-friendly software. Your task is completed within a few seconds without any gimmicks. The process would faster than you would expect.
  • Excellent after sales service - PCUnlocker provides free technical support for any issues you may face. You can directly contact the developer for any of the issues you may be facing with the software.

Flowers and Brickbats

Well, by that phrase we mean the pros and cons of this great piece of work brought forward by Top Password. Let us present a few points that we came across while using the software.

  • Best in class customer support.
  • Easy to follow interface.
  • Best performance in what it promises to do.
  • Option for bootable media.

  • It takes a little longer to create the bootable disc

Availability and Pricing Plans

You can access this all-powerful software from the Top Password Website. You can download the tool in the ZIP format and then extract it to burn onto a bootable media. Click here
PCUnlocker is available in three pricing plans -
  • Standard Plan - The plan would cost you $ 19.95. The service offers you basic functionality of the service. You will not be able to burn the files onto a flash drive in this version though. It also lacks support for Windows Server editions.
  • Professional - This version is priced at $ 29.95. It offers you an option to burn the files to flash drive. It does support Windows Server editions.
  • Enterprise - The PCUnlocker tool in its Enterprise Edition would cost you $ 49.95. It packs in all the features that the software has on offer. Resetting domain admin passwords, Network support through PXE and booting into UEFI devices are some of the additional features.

In Conclusion

That was a brief introduction to an allrounder tool called PCUnlocker. We would definitely treat it as the excellent software that would perform all the tasks it promises without much ado. In fact, it is quite faster than the competing applications in the same genre.
We do not think the software is pricey when you compare it to the features that it has on offer. If you have felt disappointed with similar tools out there in the market, PCUnlocker is definitely worth giving a try.

Article by Timmappa Kamat
Timmappa Kamat is a technology enthusiast. He has an active interest in newer technological developments. He is fond of new gizmos & gadgets. He loves to share his knowledge through tech-savvy websites as a freelancer. A Mechanical Engineer by profession, he is equally interested in blogging, with his own blog. He wants to carve a name for himself in blogging arena one day! If you need any clarifications about his articles,please respond here below or get in touch with him through his profile.

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