January 9, 2015, Milos Milosevic
Active@ Password Changer Professional is an easy to use application that lets you reset user account passwords. It does exactly what it says, maybe even a bit more with its additional features, but the price tag might be too high for some people. However, you can use it on three home computers so that maybe makes it a bit more attractive and to be honest there aren't many similar solutions on the market. If you or your family member forgets your/his user account password or a disgruntled ex-employee changes the Admin password on the company's computer, this piece of software just might save your day.
Active@ Password Changer Professional comes with bundled with two applications Active@ Boot Disk and Active@ Password Changer.
Boot Disk is required for creating bootable DVD/CD or flash drives in order to use the Password Changer in the first place. Naturally you will need to use a different computer for the creation of a bootable drive, please bear that in mind.
Besides making a bootable drive, Boot Disk comes with 150+ drivers, however if you feel like you need some in particular you can add it manually and if you want, load it when the drive boots.
Alternatively, you can use Opera browser that comes installed within the system to browse the internet in search for a particular driver.
Boot Disk UI is OK, but we need to mention that these features (Add Drivers, Files, etc.) you most likely won't need unless the situation is quite specific. So don't go banging your head and searching the internet for something you actually won't use.
After making a bootable drive, you will need to insert it into the computer whose password you have forgotten (or just don't know). When initializing the system, press Del or F2 when you see the BIOS loading screen. Find Boot Menu and in there choose the bootable drive that you created for this recovery.
Tip: Before booting from the drive make sure that you have unplugged all additional devices from your computer and leave only mouse and keyboard if you want to avoid any possible incompatibility issues. In our case, mouse refused to work and after some troubleshooting we realized that it was Xbox 360 controller who was making all the mess. We believe that this has nothing to do with Active@ Password Changer Professional and that it is a result of Windows PE 3.1 limitations. Once you are in Windows PE 3.1 will reveal itself it all of its glory:
It is worth noting that Password Changer comes accompanied by Active's Disk Editor, Partition Manager and Disk Monitor.
Further use is pretty simple; click Next and check on "Search all volumes…" if you are not sure where the locked OS is placed. Otherwise, you can do it manually.
Select the locked user account and once again click Next,
Check "Clear this User's Password" at the bottom, and "Password never expires", so you wouldn't have problems in the future with a new password.
If you have done everything accordingly, and there is no reason to think that you didn't, you have just reset your forgotten password.
June 14 2013, Frank Martin
Ever lost access to your system due to forgetting administrator passwords or logon is disabled in your system somehow? Simply reinstalling Windows might be the easiest solution available however involves risk of losing your data permanently. You'll feel good to know that there are few alternatives available that could help you to reset administrator or local user passwords without installing Windows and altering your precious files.
Active @ Password Changer from LSoft Technologies Inc. is a powerful password recovery tool for Windows that can successfully reset passwords in a simple and easy way.
It also helps user in troubleshooting locked Windows OS due to security restrictions like 'Account is disabled', 'Account is locked out' or 'Account is blocked'. The Software supports all the latest Windows OS i.e., Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Vista / XP etc. and the file system FAT16 / FAT32 / exFAT / NTFS / NTFS5.
This tool will not recover your previously set password; instead it'll delete all the currently stored passwords and resets it so could you access your locked or inaccessible system.
The software comes in a simple executable file and requires you to follow simple steps to get it installed on your PC. Remember, you'll need to remove the hard drive containing locked OS, connect it externally to another PC and install the application there. Alternatively, Active@ Password Changer also comes with MS DOS functionality to reset passwords without logging on to Windows.
The software constitutes simple GUI and wizard based method to make your password recovery process a lot easier. The software needs to find the Microsoft security accounts manager database (SAM), a database file where information about the local users, their rights and passwords is stored. It may possible that several SAM databases were found where you need to find the exact one.
You can choose any specific accounts with lost password or with disabled functionalities and click Next to proceed to reset it. You can also choose to disable account, lock it or prevent certain users to log in at certain hours of certain days.
After selecting a disk partition, you could see the existing user accounts listed in a specific color icon.
Active Password Changer is pretty simple utility to reset password, in case you forget or lose it. The software also support WinPE environment to reset password on system with only single user. You'll be facilitated with all the image files, bootable USB or CD creator to make the password recovery process easier.
The software lacks its functionalities on 64-bit OS. You should have good understanding about SAM to know exactly how password resetting will done on system with multiple user.
Active@ Password Changer is only one of its kinds that provide easier way to reset Windows passwords without installing a fresh copy of Windows. The software costs you around $49.95 which is quite competitive and worth having.
June 4 2012, RobinZon
One beautiful morning I discovered my computer has been locked, and I cannot log in to the account I've been working for two years.
Important report needed to be submitted by the evening – stayed inside this "black box". Thanx to god, my neighbor heard my yelling and helped me to find you link to Password Changer and Boot Disk.
Thank god, my neighbor heard my yelling and helped me to find your link to Password Changer and Boot Disk.
With his help I created a salvatory CD-ROM and "voila!", I'm alive and back to be as the chief of my crazy machine.
By the way, not only did I finish my report in, but I also discovered that I could use this tool
to restrict my son's computer time (which he mostly spends on video games)!
Earlier he would get back from school, and get on the machine for the whole day and night.
After some manipulations with Password Changer I set up so that the log in time not earlier than 7pm and now he has time to do his homework before immersing himself in his video games.
Thank you for such a universal and "save my ass" tool! Coming with a Windows Boot Disk — this is "must have" for each and every Windows owner.