Archive for April, 2012

How to reset a windows password without a reset disc.

There is a nice article in this month’s PCWorld magazine by Justin Phelps about a trick/hack to reset a windows password.  This is sometimes necessary when repairing a windows installation and the original admin password is unknown.

It involves replacing the Sticky Keys file (Sethc.exe) with the Windows Command Prompt (Cmd.exe). Then call for the Sticky Key function with shift key (5 times) at the password prompt and use the ‘net user username password’ command.

Here is another article about the trick from

– Tom McKay

Outlook kb2553248 causes smart card error or provide your password error

A recent Microsoft Outlook update kb2553248 causes one or both of the following connection errors with Outlook connecting to onsite exchange servers.

other posts on the issue:


For now, uninstall the update and block ( or “hide” the update in windows update) to solve the problem.




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