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Reset Windows Password

Tutorial written by KenB

In this article I am going to show how to create a Password Reset Disk for Windows 7 and Windows Vista. If you are using a login password to access your computer how disastrous would it be if you forgot it ?
No access to your files, folders or data.

The simple “solution” to this is to be prepared for the unlikely event.
Do this now – and don’t wait until you get locked out.

It is possible to create a Password Reset Disk by doing the following:

[size=15][color=blue]Start …. Control Panel …. User Accounts[/color][/size]

Top right of the panel you will see [b][color=blue]”Create a Password Reset Disk[/color][/b]”
Click on this.

You will be prompted to insert a USB Flash Drive ( Memory Stick )

[b][color=red]You need to be aware that if anybody gets hold of your memory stick they will be able to reset the password too.[/color][/b]

Password Reset Windows 7

There are no decisions to make – simply click “[size=15][color=blue]Next[/color][/size]”

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You will need to type in your present password.

If you change this at a later date it doesn’t matter – you will still be able to use this [b][color=blue]Reset “Disk”[/color][/b]

Forgotten Password Wizard


Now just click on “[b][color=blue]Next[/color][/b]” again and the[b][color=blue] Password Reset Disk [/color][/b]will be created.

Create Password Reset Disk


Completing the Forgotten Password Wizard

Don’t forget to [b][color=blue]label the Memory Stick [/color][/b]and keep it in a safe place – and hope you never need it. ūüôā In the future we will be covering more articles about Creating a Password Reset Disk for Windows 8.

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Written by maynardvdm

Here on Free PC Help we occasionaly use terms that may be unfamiliar to you, here is a description of acronyms and what they mean

BIOS – Basic Input Output System
BSOD – Blue Screen of Death
CD-ROM – Compact Disk – Read Only Memory
CMOS – Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor
CPU – Central Processing Unit
DDR SDRAM – Double Data Rate Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory
DIMM – Dual In-line Memory Module
DOS – Disk Operating System
DRAM – Dynamic Random Access Memory
DVD РDigital Video Disk or Digital Versatile Disk
EMI – Electro-Magnetic Interference
EMP – Electro-Magnetic Pulse
ERD – Emergency Recovery Disk
EULA – End User License Agreement
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
FAT – File Allocation Table
FTP – File Transfer Protocol
FF – FireFox
GUI – Graphical User Interface
GPU – Graphics Processor Unit
HDD – Hard Disk Drive
LAN – Local Area Network
LCD – Liquid Crystal Display
LED – Light Emitting Diode
Mbps – Megabytes per second
MS – Microsoft
Mobo – Motherboard
MSN – Microsoft Network
NIC – Network Interface Card
NOS – Network Operating System
NTFS – New Technology File System
OS – Operating System
OE – Outlook Express
P2P – Peer To Peer
POST – Power On Self Test
POTS – Plain Old Telephone System
RAM – Random Access Memory
ROM – Read Only Memory
SVGA – Super VGA
USB – Universal Serial Bus
VGA – Video Graphics Adapter

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Run as Another User in Win 7 ……. written by KenB


How do I Run As another user in Win 7 ?

XP used to have this facility. Vista doesn’t for some reason.

If you need to use another User’s permissions / privileges on your computer to run an application it is possible with Windows 7.
You may wish to test out your child’s privileges for instance.

To Run as Another User ………..

Hold down the SHIFT key and right click on the Icon of the application.
You will see this:

Run as another user 1


If you don’t hold down the SHIFT key you see this:
(Run as a Different User” is not an Option.)

run as another user 2

Click on¬†“Run as a Different User”

You will then see this box that asks for your User Name and Password.

Run as another user 3


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Find Windows Product Key – by KenB

The Product Key is a series of 25 letters and numbers that identify your specific Operating System.
They are usually written in 5 blocks of 5.

If your system is running OK the Product Code is seldom needed.
If, however, you need to do a re-install for instance, then you will need the Product Code during the process.
You cannot use somebody else’s Product Code.

The obvious place to look is on the sticker that is on the side of the tower ( if a desktop )
or on the underneath on the base if you have a laptop.

They look like this: ( these are for XP – but Vista and Win7 are similar )

I cannot find windows product key

Sometimes, especially with laptops, the Product Key becomes illegible due to constant wear.
On a home build there may not be a Sticker.

The Home Build installation disk should have come with a Product Key sticker ( not always used )

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There are a number of ways of finding the Product Key.

PLEASE NOTE Рyour system must be operational.

Method 1

Download Speccy from here:
click here

After installing it – it will give you a comprehensive diagnostic of your system.
Under Operating System you will see something like this:

I cannot find windows product key 3

The Serial Number indicates the Product Key

Method 2

Download Magic Jelly Bean from here:
click here

You only need the free version.

When installing if you do not want to install the AVG products as well check the custom install ( see below )

I cannot find windows product key 4

After the installation the software will produce a window with your Product Key information ( see below )

I cannot find windows product key 5

There are other methods but one of the above should locate it for you

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The security certificate has expired -( by KenB )

This tutorial explains how to cope with the error message shown below:

the security certificate has expired or is not yet valid

If you are getting this error message when you try to connect to the internet or a specific website there could well be a simple solution.

It could be that your system is showing an incorrect Date or Time – or both.

You need to check the date and time that your machine is set to.

The time is shown in the bottom right corner.
If you need to adjust it right click on the icon > Adjust Date and Time

If you find that the date and time change again you probably need to change the CMOS battery on the motherboard.

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