How can you gain access to a Windows computer if you forgot the administrator's password? Normally it is not possible without formatting and re-installing the operating system.
PCLoginNow is a useful and easy to use application in this situation. This free tool is able to reset local administrator and other accounts passwords without reinstall the system. This tool can also help maintain, change accounts policy setting and properties. You can easily upgrades a general account to administrator level, lock or unlock those accounts you don't need anymore, and moreover, all of these are done without booting your system.
The most powerful feature PCLoginNow have is to support Syskey. Even though the system registry is protected by Syskey, PCLoginNow can easily bypass this mechanism and reset the Windows passwords.
The download is an ISO file that needs to be burnt to a CD to make it a bootable CD. Just use any burning software to burn this image file. Before using this Live CD, ensure that your computer will boot from your CD drive (otherwise do it from the BIOS settings).
PC Login Now is made available as a freeware now and supports all Windows OS (Windows 2000/ XP / 2003 / Vista / 2008), and it can handle dual boot machines also.
File size: 55Mb