Category Archives: Windows 10

How to Roll Back Windows 10 Anniversary Update

After installing the Anniversary Update in Windows 10, you might run into various issues such as computer randomly freezes, crashes or the update is incompatible with your antivirus software. In this tutorial we’ll explain how to roll back Windows 10 Anniversary Update by going back to a previous build, without using the install disk.

How to Roll Back Windows 10 Anniversary Update?

  1. When your computer boots to Windows 10 sign-in screen, click the Power icon at the bottom left. Hold down the SHIFT key and select Restart from the pop-up menu.

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  2. Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options, and then click Go back to the previous build.

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  3. Select the Administrator account you used with your PC.

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  4. Enter the password for your selected account and click Continue.

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  5. Click Go back to previous build and begin restoring your previous build of Windows 10.

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  6. Once rolled back you’ll find that Windows 10 Anniversary Update is uninstalled and your computer goes back to what it was before installing the Anniversary Update.

Reset Lost Windows 10 Password Without an Install CD

Lost your Windows 10 password? How to reset it when you couldn’t get into your computer? If you have a Windows install CD, you can reset your password with a simple trick. But most modern computers come with Windows 10 pre-installed and no install CD is shipped. There is no need to worry! In this tutorial we’ll show you how to reset your Windows 10 password with Hiren’s BootCD.

How to Reset Lost Windows 10 Password Without an Install CD?

  1. If you don’t have a Hiren’s BootCD, you need to create it using another computer. Download Hiren’s BootCD from its official website and save it to your desktop for extracting.
  2. Then burn the ISO image of Hiren’s BootCD to a disc using your preferred burning software. If you don’t have an empty CD laying around, you can create a boot USB drive using the freeware ISO2Disc.
  3. Place Hiren’s BootCD into the computer your need to get admin access to. Make sure that CD-ROM is selected as first boot device inside your BIOS.
  4. You will see Hiren’s BootCD Menu on your screen, use the arrow keys to move into the “Offline NT/2000/XP/Vista/7 Password Changer” option and then press Enter. When the screen stops at the boot prompt, press Enter again.

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  5. This step will ask for the partition where Windows is installed. You should be able to identify your system drive with the partition size.

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  6. Now you have to choose the path to your registry. The default is fine, so hit Enter.

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  7. Select “Password reset [sam system security]” and press Enter.

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  8. Choose “Edit user data and passwords” and press Enter.

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  9. Type the user name you want to reset the password and press Enter.

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  10. To blank the password, select “Clear (blank) user password” and press Enter.

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  11. Type ! and then type q to quit. Next type y to save your changes.

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  12. Edit Complete!, all done, when it asks for new run type n and press Enter. Reboot your computer. You should be able to log into your Windows 10 user account without password!

Burn ISO to CD via Command Line in Windows 10 / 8 / 7

Starting from Windows 7, burning a CD becomes more convenient and easier than ever before. Just right-click on your ISO file in Windows Explorer, and then select “Burn disc image” from the context menu. When the Windows Disc Image Burner opens, just click on Burn and you’re done!

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What to do if the “Burn disc image” option is missing from the right-click menu? In this tutorial we’ll show you how to burn a ISO image to CD via command line in Windows 10/8/7.

How to Burn ISO to CD via Command Line in Windows?

Press the Windows key + R to open the Run window. Type cmd and press Enter.

At the command line, type the following command and press Enter.

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The Windows Disc Image Burner tool will launch. Select the drive with your blank CD. I also suggest checking “Verify disc after burning“. That will make sure there are no errors on the disc during the burning process.

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Click on Burn. Wait until the process is complete and you’ll have your ISO image burned on a CD.

Create A Bootable USB Drive from Windows 10/8/7/Vista ISO Image

If you don’t have a Windows installation DVD or either it is damaged, then you can create a bootable USB drive to install Windows on your PC. These days the optical drives are becoming something of a rarity and most netbooks, tablets and small laptops don’t come with a CD-ROM. It’s also more convenient to carry around a tiny USB drive than optical media.

As long as you have a copy of Windows 10/8/7/Vista ISO image, you can create a Windows installation USB drive in just a few steps. Here’s how.

  1. Download the freeware ISO2Disc on your computer and install it.
  2. Connect your USB drive that you want to use to install Windows and then run the ISO2Disc software.
  3. Click on Browse button to locate your Windows Installation ISO image.
  4. Choose the Burn to USB Flash Drive option. Select your USB drive from device list (if there are more than one connected USB devices).
  5. select the partition scheme as MBR(for Legacy BIOS/CSM boot), or GPT(required for UEFI boot).

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  6. Click Start Burn and the drive will be formatted and the files copied over to the memory stick. After a few minutes your Windows bootable USB flash drive will be ready for installation.
  7. Reboot your PC and set the bootable flash drive as a first boot priority in the BIOS settings. Save the bios settings and reboot once again to continue with the Windows installation process.

Reset Lost Windows Password without Reset Disk

The easiest way to reset a forgotten Windows password is to use a previously created password reset disk. But most people, including me, don’t plan ahead for losing passwords. If you haven’t created such a reset disk, don’t worry! Here is a simple way to reset lost Windows 10, 8, 7 and Vista password with the Utilman.exe trick.

How It Works?

Windows displays an Ease of Access button at the bottom left corner of the login screen. When clicked, this button opens the Utilman.exe program, allowing you to start accessibility utilities.

If you replace the Utilman.exe file with cmd.exe, you can then launch the Command Prompt from Windows login screen, and type the net user command to reset a forgotten user password easily!

Reset Lost Windows Password

Here you might ask: How do I replace the Utilman.exe file when I was completely locked out of my computer? Well, this can be done from a bootable Windows PE USB drive or by using Windows installation DVD. Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to reset forgotten Windows password with a install DVD:

  1. Boot your computer using your Windows installation disc. Once the message “Press any key to boot from CD…..” appears, press Enter to continue.
  2. When you get to the “Windows Setup” or “Install Windows” screen, press Shift + F10 key combination to launch the Command Prompt.

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  3. Type these commands, one by one, and press Enter after each. This will make a backup of Utilman.exe, and replace Ultilman.exe with cmd.exe.

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  4. Now close the Command Prompt, and cancel the Windows Setup. Eject the installation disc and reboot your computer.

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  5. There’s nothing to do here but wait for your computer to restart. When the Windows login screen appears, click on the Ease of Access button, a little icon on the bottom-left of your screen.

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  6. Based on the commands that we used in the previous step, this will open a Command Prompt window instead of the Ease of Access menu. To reset an existing user password, we need type the command below. In this example, we will be changing Tom‘s password to “123“.

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  7. Exit the Command Prompt. You should be able to log in with this new password straight away. That’s it – you have successfully reset your lost Windows password.