Are you a “just-in-time” learner? If not, you need to be! Two situations in the last few days have brought home again how important it is to be able to sift through online content then solve a problem by applying it.
SITUATION #1: LOCKED OUT OF A COMPUTER
“What do you mean you forgot your password?” I challenged a colleague. He’d just bought a new Windows 8.1, super fast, gaming machine–the keyboard had red lights on it, blinding fast graphics card–but when he received it, the first thing he did was put a super-complicated password on it…even though he knew I’d be coming over to help him get innoculated/immunized against malware and viruses.
Rather than spend an hour with Ninite.com, installing programs (actually, less than that, Ninite.com a service that makes it easy to select critical free and/or open source software then download an installer that automates the process for you rather than making you do it), I had to spend time figuring out how to “blank” his administrator username and password.
Fortunately, there’s a web site for that. And, I found it fairly quickly, followed the instructions, and voila, all was back on track. The steps for that were simple:
- Put 64bit Ubuntu on a USB flash drive and boot up the computer from flash drive.
- Enable all the software repositories in ubuntu
- Install chntpw (from command line, sudo apt-get install chntpw)
- Mount your Windows drive, switching to Window/Systems32/config then
- sudo chntpw SAM
- Use the options to unlock the Administrator account and then “blank” out the password. If you know the username (“Vince”), then the command would look like this:
sudo chntpw -u Vince SAM
- Yosemite OS Installer (you can do that from here)
- The DiskMakerX AppleScript (get it online at http://diskmakerx.com/)
And, you need at least an 8gig USB drive. Wow, what an easy process. At the end, the computer even “roared” like a lion to let me know it was done. I’m not kidding, an actual lion!