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7 Things You Should Know About Windows 7 Password

As the first safeguard for computer, a computer password plays an important role in computer security. But for a number of reasons, the password can be easily lost, forgotten or cracked easily by others, bringing you serious consequence. To better protect your password and computer, you can learn the 7 tips listed below. With these helpful tips in mind, you can keep a peaceful mind when you forgot or lost Windows 7 password.

1. Avoid weak and common passwords. Today many users like creating passwords using the name of their children or any part of the street address or birthrate or setting a common password like "123456", "password", etc. which are vulnerable to be cracked. Although no password is invulnerable given enough time. But the stronger it is, the more difficult it will be to crack the password with a brute-force search or guessing. A strong password mixed up with upper and lower case letters along with symbols and numbers will definitely improve your computer security.

2. Don't use your Windows password everywhere. Today it's not an easy task for one to create various strong passwords that is easy to remember yet hard to be guessed. For convince, some users may prefer to use a same password for various accounts. But this could be dangerous. If someone compromised your password and they could access to your computer and other accounts with the same password.

3. Create Windows 7 password reset disk. Passwords can be easily forgotten or lost. In Windows 7, the easiest method for this is to create a "Password Reset Disk" firstly. If you have access issues, you can reset Windows 7 password with the disk. Please note the password reset disk will only work for the account it was created for and cannot be used to reset the password of another account. And please remember to store it in a safe place.

4. Change your password on a regular basis. If somebody finds out what your password is, either by cracking by guess, getting access to the file in which you had saved it, or the paper or folder that you had copied it on, your system and data will be at risk. To avoid this, it is advised to keep changing your password frequently. This reduces the possibility of your password being hacked.

5. Fingerprint can also be your password. In addition to letters, numbers and symbols, fingerprint is also one of your choices when creating a password in Windows 7. If you have a biometric sensor like a fingerprint reader, it fairly easy for you to enable the Windows 7 fingerprint logon. With this, you'll be never troubled by a forgotten or lost Windows 7 password. But intentional finger injuries may lock you out of computer.

6. Windows Installation disc is helpful if Windows 7 password lost. If you lost Windows 7 password without a password reset disk, you can use your Windows 7 installation disc and access to recovery options to bypass it. This is a very efficient method and works well but you must have a viable system restore point to use that was created before you started having logon issues. If you don't have a Windows installation disc, can't find your Windows installation disc, you can also create a Windows 7 system repair disc to use to boot to the system recovery options that can help you recover the forgotten password.

7. Resort to password recovery if Windows 7 password gets lost. Forgetting Windows password is not a big problem as long as you get reliable Windows password recovery software. As for Windows 7, it is highly suggested to try Windows Login Recovery if you are not good at computer. It allows you to reset Windows 7 password by burning a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive in a few minutes.

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I cannot connect. I keep getting a message "authentication Failed"


Do you connect your PC to router in an administrator role using web browser? Or do you connect some device to Wi-Fi network?

  1. Administrator role: You need to have correct login name and password for admin access. Search in manual or ask Google for default login name and password of your router type. If non-default password is set in the router then you must reset router setting and erase its settings to default (factory) status. You will lose all router configuration but default password is back.
  2. Wi-Fi client role: There are more possibilities why authentication fails in wireless communication. Mentioned error message describes what kind of problem occurred.
    (a) A password you put to client device does not match the wireless network password which is set in router. Your computer, tablet or smartphone WI-Fi interface must have exactly same password as WI-Fi network which is transmitted from router. Check and compare passwords on both sides, in client device and in router.
    (b) Client Wi-Fi interface security (encryption) mode differs from Wi-Fi network encryption used in router. But the same mode must be set on both sides (client and router) for successful connection.
Encryption modes are
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  • WPA2 PSK ("home")
  • WPA Enterprise
  • WPA PSK
  • WEP
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Higher position - better security. Enterprise Wi-Fi modes require security devices like authentication servers, certification authorities etc. They are not used in home networks usually.

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reset my password without requiring the answer to my password recovery question


The only way to reset a lost password or key, is to reinstall the operating system back onto the system, following a reformat.

You also may not have a password loaded. Whatever the reason, it may not be your computer, so to safeguard the data, it'll lock you out.

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external disc reader/ burner


Short answer: Yes, it will.

Slightly longer answer: 3 things will be important:
1) The version of USB your computer has will matter (the higher the version, the better; recommend a minimum of USB 2.0)

2) The version of operating system is important. Assuming you're on a Windows/Intel-based system, XP would be the lowest/oldest OS that would be practical

3) Speed of processor and amount of RAM plays an important role here too - again, higher number on the processor, and more RAM will (generally speaking) provide a better experience.

Oh, and depending on what you want to do with it, you'll need software, such as CD/DVD authoring software (try www.tucows.com).

Good luck!

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The laptop was working fine but then when I closed it I cooulden't get the pasword right


HI there,

Having a secure password is only part of having a secure computer. It plays a major role and forces us to be reminded about the dangers of Identity Theft and other forms of criminal behavior. Have a policy and be sure to stick with it and you’ll feel more secure in the end.

Restart your computer and change the password on the control panel. Make sure that you remember the password you enter.

For any clarification let me know.

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