Advice 1: How to unlock a laptop if password forgotten

If there was an unpleasant incident – you forgot the access password to your laptop – you will need to unlock it. You can do this without reinstalling the operating system, preserving all data on the hard disk.
How to unlock a laptop if password forgotten

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Setting the password on the laptop helps to protect your confidential information and block unauthorized access to various programs, folders or files. However, if you forget the password or lose the piece of paper on which was written the password – access for you will be closed in exactly the same way as the others. Well, there is a possibility to restore access to the laptop with all the saved data.

On the Internet a lot of advice – both useful and not – about how to recover or bypass a forgotten password. For example, useless is a method of removing the SAM files*. By removing these files, you may encounter big problems. In this case, when the system is booting system error that informs that the laptop cannot be turned on and need to reboot in safe mode. After clicking OK, the system reboots, but appears again the error and so on to infinity. It ends, usually a full reinstallation of the operating system (losing all data).

Reset password through safe mode startup

To recover your password should be more humane ways. For example, the first step is to check a password hint (it is located on the welcome screen beside the password input). If the hint did not help to remember the password, then you need to log in using the administrator account and create a new password.

First you need to restart the laptop. Once the system is activated, press F8 key (may be different depending on the brand of laptop). Next menu advanced options of the system you need to choose "Safe mode". Then select built-in account "Administrator" (by default it is not password protected). After booting the desktop will appear warning that the system is running in safe mode. Click Yes to close the message box.

After this go into "control Panel" via "start" button and select "user Accounts". Next, you need to reset the password for your account click "Change password". To change the password you need to enter and confirm a new password. If the password is not required, leave the field empty, the password will be reset.

To save the settings, click "Change password". Close the window "control Panel", reboot the laptop – ready. Now when the system boots enter the new password and Windows will start.

You can also reset the password using various software tools. Usually they are written to disk or USB flash drive connect to the computer, and then the program removes the password.

Advice 2: How to restart your laptop in safe mode

Typically, the safe mode of the Windows operating system is used in cases when the operation system or application program fails, which is impossible to eliminate the OS in normal mode. The sequence of actions to launch OS in this mode of laptops is very little different from similar operations on desktop computers.
How to restart your laptop in safe mode
Safe mode needs to be selected at the beginning of loading the operating system, so if the laptop is turned on, open the main menu and then initiate a reboot.
Wait for the end of the BIOS and the appearance of the on screen prompts to press a key to invoke non-standard ways of loading the operating system. This inscription can be in English: Press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options. Wait for pressing the loader is very long, so the probability to miss the right moment. To avoid this, you can start to periodically press the key immediately after the start of the BIOS.
When the bootloader detects the pressing, the screen will display a list of different options of operating systems, where multiple rows will be treated to safe mode. Usually there are three choices: standard, allowing the use of network resources and disables the GUI. Select the desired option and wait for the download of the operating system.
Windows the latest versions there is an alternative that allows you to make the necessary changes using one of the components of the GUI operating system. In this case, the loader itself will perform the necessary steps in the boot process. To use this method, open the run dialog programs hit a hot-key Win + R. Then type msconfig and click the OK button. The result on the screen, you should see the settings window with the title "system Configuration".
Click "upload" and check the box "Safe mode" — it is placed below the button that says "advanced options". Here you can select additional options to use safe mode network driver ("Network"), disable the GUI (a checkbox "Without GUI"), logging, loading drivers, etc.
When all the necessary settings have been checked, click OK, and then initiate a restart of the operating system.

Advice 3: As for the laptop to go into safe mode

Sometimes you need to boot the system in safe mode. To log into his home PC used just a few keys. Quite different is the situation with laptops. Portable devices are many, and each of them, to enter safe mode can be used for a separate key. Here and often brute force to guess the correct. But there are several ways to simplify this task.
As for the laptop to go into safe mode
You will need
  • - laptop computer;
  • - boot disk with the operating system.
The easiest, of course, go into safe mode by pressing the key before booting the operating system. Quite often in laptops for this purpose, F8, F2, F5, F12. If they help you were unable to boot the system in safe mode, you can go to the following method.
To implement the second method you must have a bootable operating system disk, or disk-Reanimator. Insert the media into the optical drive of the laptop. Reboot the mobile computer. Immediately on the initial screen, press the Del key. Should open the BIOS menu.
For many models of laptops from Toshiba to enter the BIOS press the Esc key. Also sometimes used F10 and F12. In more detail, what key should I use to enter the BIOS on your laptop model, you can look in your manual or on the website of the manufacturer of the portable device.
Now in the BIOS find the section Device 1st Boots. Select it and press Enter. Displays a list of the main devices of the mobile computer. In this list, select the optical drive. Exit the BIOS, it is sure to save the settings. The laptop will reboot. Then automatically starts the boot disk in the optical drive. Wait until the screen appears Press any key ("Press any key").
Wait for the appearance of the dialog box. There are a couple of options. Select "to Load the operating system in safe mode". Note that in safe mode the operating system is loaded much slower than usual. After full loading of OS on the desktop you will see "Safe mode". Upon completion of all operations go into the BIOS and set the 1st Device Boots your hard disk.
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