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Posted in Windows and tagged cd, disable, dvd, Linux, usb by Stan with .
If you forget your Windows password and wonder if you’ll ever have the chance to log into your system again, well… this might be helpful 😉
We’re going to use “Offline NT Password & Registry Editor” to reset the password of user(s) we want. This tool is one of the best and fastest password recovery tool for windows (almost all versions). It is a windows console tool and easy to use.
a) USB-Drive (must NOT be formated but advisable)
b) USB-Drive formating tool (optional) found here
c) Offline NT Password & Registry Editor (USB version). Click here to download
Skip step 1 if you do NOT want to format the USB-Drive
1.) insert the USB-Drive into your computer and use the downloaded tool (b) above to format it. It is advisable to use FAT32 filesystem
2.) Unzip the download “Offline NT Password & Registry Tool” into a folder called “usb110511”
3.) copy all contents from the folder usb110511 into the root of the USB-Drive
4.) Install bootloader on the USB drive, from command prompt in windows (start the command line with “run as administrator” if possible)
5.) type X: + EnterKey (where X is the letter of your USB-drive) to change directory to the usb drive
6.) type X:\>syslinux.exe -ma X:
Safely unplug the USB-Drive from the second computer and use it to boot your system with the lost password.
It might be neccessary to adjust your BIOS settings to allow booting from the USB-Drive
Follow the instructions carefully to reset your password. Most of the default settings is safe to accept by tapping on the EnterKey. Be carefull to select the correct Windows system partition otherwise it won’t work. In some systems (standard systems from dell, compaq etc), the first partition (/dev/sda) is usually reservered.
Enjoy and best of luck!
Posted in Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and tagged bootable usb, registry editor, usb, windows passwords by Stan with 12 comments.
A friend once wrote me requesting this tutorial on how to clone an USB storage drive on a second USB device. The aim is to produce identical copy of the original. To achieve this, we need a Linux or UNIX system. We are going to be using Fedora Linux for the purpose of this tutorial.
Follow these simple steps:
1.) Login into the system as a regular user
2.) Switch to root by typing:
3.) Enter the root password
4.) Plug in the source USB and type at the prompt:
fdisk -l to see what device name the source USB has
(this may appear as /dev/sdb)
5.) Plug in the destination USB and type at the prompt:
fdisk -l to see what device name the destination USB has
(this may appear as /dev/sdc)
6.) Once you have both names determined, simply type the following:
dd if=/dev/sdb of=/dev/sdc conv=notrunc
(as we do not want to truncate the output file, we simple use the option notrunc)
The result of this command is an identical copy of the original USB device.
To make an image of the entire drive including MBR (boot files), type in terminal:
dd if=/dev/sdb of=/path/to/destination/image.dd conv=notrunc.
To restore the image to a new drive seen as /dev/sdc:
dd if=/path/to/image.dd of=/dev/sdc conv=notrunc
Posted in Linux and tagged clone, Linux, usb by Stan with .
Just like there is autoplay feature on CDs and DVDs, it is also possible to autorun programs and applications from your removable USB flash drives on Windows XP SP2.
The follwoing is a quick guide on how to autorun portables applications from your USB drive.
- Open Notepad
- Type in:
- Save the files as autorun.inf
- Put the files in the root of your USB flash drive
- The next time you insert your flash USB drive into any PC running Windows XP SP2, the specified program will autorun from the USB drive.
Below are the explanations to the above options used in our autorun.inf file.
The open option specifies the program that should autorun. You must use relative paths here. Do NOT specify the drive letter since it may vary from PC to PC.
This describes the action that will be performed. This parameter is used by Windows Explorer in the autoplay dialog.
Specifies the icon to be used for the USB drive. The icon can be fetched from an .EXE file or it can be in the normal .ICO format. More on changing icons here
This label parameter is used to specify the name of the drive. Basically, this can be anything you want to call your flash drive.
Optionally specify the text displayed in the shortcut menu for the Option above.
Adds a custom command to the drive’s shortcut menu. This is also the text that will appear in the shortcut menu unless specifically altered to some other text.
In many systems, the autorun is disabled by default for security reasons. Unless it is very neccessary, you are adviced to keep the default settings. Why this might be true for many users, there are those like me who would rather have the autorun enabled to ease working with PortableApps.
If your Autorun is disabled, go here to learn how to enable it.
Posted in Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and tagged Autorun, Portable Application, Portable Apps, PortableApps, usb, windows by Stan with .