Windows being the most popular desktop operating system in the world, PCs running this OS represent a large target for hackers. The attacks vary and are constantly evolving, but most of the time the PC is rendered inaccessible because the hacker changed the password. If your data has been encrypted by ransomware, then the method described below won’t help access the data itself, but it will allow you to access your PC even if the hacker has locked it with a complex and hard-to-crack password.
First of all, let’s understand the method that the PassMoz LabWin software utility uses to reset your Windows password. Commonly known as the password reset or recovery disk method, it involves creating a bootable USB drive or DVD/CD on another PC, and then using that to reset the password on the locked computer.
In most cases, you will be required to get an additional ISO burning software utility installed on the other PC. With PassMoz LabWin, that’s not necessary because everything you need for unlocking the PC is built into the software itself. That means no additional tools and no messing around with command prompt inputs that can always go awry and make things worse.
More importantly, the software only recovers and resets the password. It does not touch your data in any way. That means complete data integrity that comes along with the convenience of quick and easy password recovery.
Here’s the process you need to use to remove any password from a locked Windows user or admin account:
Step 0: First, you will need to download PassMoz LabWin from the official website. Keep in mind that this will have to be done on the other PC (with admin rights), since you still can’t access yours.
Step 1: Once downloaded and installed, launch the program and insert your chosen media, either a USB drive or a DVD/CD that you can write on. You will need about 1GB of free space for the ISO file, since they can be quite large.
Step 2: On the interface, you’ll see two options for burning the bootable media. Since the media will automatically be detected by the software, you only need to click on the “Burn” option against the right one.
Step 3: The process in Step 2 will yield a reset disk or reset drive, which you then need to remove from the other PC and insert into the one that’s locked.
Step 4: Boot up the machine like you normally would, but during the boot process go to the boot menu and change the boot order. You’ll need to hit F2 or another special key to get to the boot menu, and you’ll see that on the screen while booting. To change the boot order, just use +/- or up/down keys and select the boot media that you just inserted.
Step 5: Let it boot up, and in a few seconds you’ll be able to see the PassMoz LabWin interface. At this point, select the appropriate ISO file and the user/admin account to be unlocked, and hit the “Reset Password” button.
Step 6: Once the password has been reset, click on “Reboot”. Once the system is up again, you should be able to get in without a password.
And that’s all there is to it.
There are tons of tools on the market that claim to be able to crack your Windows password, but they’re not as reliable as users think. Ophcrack is a pretty good alternative, but since it’s open-source, you’ll need to be very careful about where you’re downloading it from. In addition, you’ll need a separate ISO burning application installed on your PC before you can use Ophcrack.
With PassMoz software, there’s none of that. You only need the software and a second laptop or PC, and moreover, your data will remain untouched throughout the process. This is an important factor to consider when choosing a Windows recovery tool, for obvious reasons. What’s more, PassMoz LabWin has been thoroughly tested on more than 50 different PC brands running various versions of Windows, and the recovery rate has been 100% so far. That’s the kind of safety and reliability that PassMoz LabWin brings to your Windows password recovery efforts.