December 30, 2013

Upgrade Server 2008 and Migrate Domain Service to Windows Server 2012 R2

Since Windows server 2012 r2 released, a lot of corporation can’t wait to experiencing Windows server 2012 R2 new powerful function. But if we could upgrade Windows system that server is running to Windows server 2012 R2, it would be better. However, even though Windows server 2012 R2 is powerful than previous Windows server system, not all of the previous Windows system could be upgraded to server 2012 r2 with in-place upgrade .

So in this passage, we mainly talks about how to upgrade domain controller to Windows server 2012 r2 with in-place upgrade?

Among previous Windows server system, only Windows server 2008 64 or Windows server 2008 R2 could be upgraded to Windows server 2012 R2. If domain controller is running with Windows server 2003 or Windows server 2003 r2, it won’t be upgraded. So if you want to replace them with server 2012 r2, please install Windows server 2012 r2 domain controller in domain first, and then delete domain controller installed with Windows server 2003.

Detailed Windows server upgrades to Windows server 2012 r2.

System version server is running
Upgrade to these versions
Windows server 2008 standard/enterprise with SP2
Windows server 2012 r2 standard/data center
Windows serve 2008 enterprise with SP2
Windows server 2012 r2 datacenter
Windows Web Server 2008
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard/Enterprise with SP1
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard/Datacenter
Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter with SP1
Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
Windows Web Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard

Steps to upgrade Windows server 2008 to server 2012r2 according to the above table. Now take Windows server 2008 r2 as example to introduce.
  1.  Login into Windows server 2008 r2 domain controller. And then insert Windows server 2012 r2 mount image. Open Command Prompt and enter support\adprep to run prepare domain environment.
  2. Run Windows server 2012 R2 installation program.
  3. Click “Install Upgrades online instantly”.
  4. Type in server installation key and click “Next”.
  5. Choose server version and click “Next”.
  6. Accept license terms and click “Next”.
  7. Choose “Upgrade Install”.
  8. After a prerequisite for inspection, click “Next”.
  9. Wait for Installation upgrade completes, access new Windows server 2012 R2 to have a look.

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December 27, 2013

Reset Windows Server 2012 R2 Admin Password on Dell PowerEdge Server Raid

Lost Windows server 2012 r2 admin password on Dell PowerEdge server raid, such as PE1950, PE2900, PE2950, how to reset it to access Dell raid server now?

1. Windows Server 2012 R2 System Restore

Client full system restore is a new feature in Windows server 2012 r2. Users could create a client restore service by using the Set Up Client Restore Service task, and perform client full system restore over the network instead of using an image that is saved in DVD.

When client computer Windows server 2012 r2 system is restored with WPS (Windows Deployment Services) through network, forgotten Windows server 2012 r2 administrator password would be restored too at the same time.

Now see how to restore Windows server 2012 r2 system?

If Dell raid server is the server of all the computers, insert system restore disk into locked dell server, and start computer from it. Choose restore system and backup system files, including Windows registry files. Windows password logon information will be back up to early point or factory settings.

windows server 2012 r2 system recovery
But it is a little dangerous to take this way into use because it will remove some files created after that point on your dell server as soon as you restore dell server to early backup point.

Actually, when you couldn’t access Windows server 2012 r2 directly, you can choose to sign into Dell raid server via remote desktop, change lost admin password on Windows server 2012 r2 is available.

2. Password Reset Disk Help Reset Windows Server 2012 R2 Password

Besides system restore following data loss, password reset disk is a general and effective way all the time for all of computer and Windows operational systems. No matter when you encounter this problem or how complex Windows lost administrator password is, it is a good choice to reset Windows server 2012 r2 admin password and can be gotten by two ways. 

How do you take a password reset disk?

One way is password reset disk created in Control Panel when your server is accessible. The other way is when Dell server is locked, create password reset disk with recovery tool, Windows Password Genius Raid.

How to use password reset disk for Windows server 2012 r2 password reset?

If you have a Windows password reset disk for Dell server raid, just click "Reset Password" link on Windows logon screen after you have typed wrong password. When password reset wizard appears, click "Next" and insert password reset disk into Dell server. Type in new password twice, click "OK" and finish Dell server 2012 r2 password reset.

If password reset disk is created with Windows password recovery tool, plug it into locked Dell server, reboot server from it, click "Reset Password"  and Windows server 2012 r2 forgotten password could be reset as "iSunshare@2012".

Now reboot Dell server, exit USB from Dell server before it starts successfully. On Windows logon screen, type new password to login in to Dell PowerEdge Server Raid with administrator. If you want to get more detailed operation introductions about Windows Password Genius Raid, please turn to HP Server Raid Password Reset.

December 25, 2013

Change Domain Administrator Password Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2 is different from previous Windows server systems. Besides the same features like other Windows server, Windows Server 2012 R2 provides more convenience on operation and safety on operating files and your business data. At the same time, computer backup archiving is available. If you are ready to use a new computer instead of an old computer, and you'd like to keep the old computer's backups, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials provides you an archiving feature. 

There are new features provided by Windows server 2012 r2. But there is general question we will always encounter no matter which Windows server system we use. That is Windows login or domain admin password forgot or lost.

When you are in face of problem Windows Server 2012 R2 domain administrator password forgot, what can you do to change forgotten or lost password?

The easiest way is to change server 2012 R2 administrator password through Remote Desktop.

login in to windows server 2012 r2 via remote desktop
  1. When you couldn’t access your Windows server 2012 R2 directly, log into server via Remote Desktop.
  2. Press Windows key and type Administrative Tools.
  3. Double click on Computer Management.
  4. Expand Local Users and Groups and click on Users.
  5. Right click on Administrator. And click on Set Password – Proceed.
  6. At last, type your new password in both fields then press OK.
However, while you don’t have any access to login into Windows server through remote desktop, the above way would not help you to change server 2012 administrator password. Now please take Windows Password Genius Advanced to reset Windows server administrator password.

If you have decided to change Windows server 2012 r2 password with it, find another available computer and bootable USB drive to burn Windows password reset disk with it first.
  1. Download trial version or pay for full version from and install it on one available computer.
  2. Insert bootable USB drive into this computer and run Windows Password Genius Advanced.
  3. Choose USB device and set it as password burning media device.
  4. Click "Begin burning" and wait for a message pop-up "Successfully burning".
  5. Exit USB drive from accessible computer.
  6. Insert password reset USB disk into Windows server 2012 R2, and set server boot from USB drive.
  7. Confirm Windows Server 2012 R2 system and select administrator after Windows Password Genius Advanced program runs.
  8. Click "Reset Password" and click "OK" on pop-up window. And then exit USB and reboot Windows server 2012 R2. 
windows server 2012 r2 password reset disk
Note: The above shows how to create a reset disk with an available Windows computer. What's more, iSunshare Windows Password also allows users to create reset disk with a Mac or Android phone as well.

  1. When you boots server from USB, Windows Password Genius Advanced will run in WinPE environment.
  2. All Windows systems and user accounts on this server are listed on program screen. 
  3. Select Windows server 2012 R2 and administrator, and then click "Reset Password" to reset forgotten password as "iSunshare@2012".
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December 23, 2013

How to Lock Google Search Engine Home Page

Since Google server has been moved from China, computer users in China mainland always couldn’t use to search. And it redirects to Besides, when search results from Google search, some keywords are filtered and the results are not stable. All of these make our work and life inconvenient. Compared to, brings us more accurate results. So, how to lock as default search home page, in order to get better results?

Follow the below methods to do:  

Method 1: Lock Google Search Home Page with command “ncr” 

Previously, we type in in the address bar. Now we just need to add “ncr” command following home page address.
It will not redirect to But the previous default search address has to be

Method 2:  Lock Google Search Address with VPN 

Before you search on Google home page, make your computer link to network with VPN. And then type in in address bar directly and press Enter. It will not redirect similarly.

These two methods are common but they are temporary. They only work after you set them for Google search engine following above introduction.

Tip: If you don’t like to set anything every time when you use successfully, you have to do more things to make it work.

First, take into use. And enter Options – Manage Search Engine, add a new Google search address. 

If you want to use English search screen default, take this instead.

Second, set this search as default search engine.

For example set as default search address in Chrome.
  1. Open Chrome, and right-click address bar.
  2. Choose “Edit search engines”, and a new window pops up.
  3. Fill the followings in “Add a new search engine”, “Keywords”, “URL with %s”, and then make it done.

  • Add a new engine: Google
  • Keywords:
  • URL with %s:

December 22, 2013

Password Reset Disk Creation on Windows 8 or 8.1 PC

When forgot or lost Windows 8 or 8.1 local user or administrator password, accounts with admin privileges or password reset disk are ways we may think of them firstly. But most of time, we probably has changed the only administrator password, but we forgot or lost. So password reset disk would be our second effective and easy choice.

Windows password reset disk could be created in Control Panel when your computer Windows 8 or 8.1 is available.
  1. Start Windows 8 computer and type password on logon screen to access computer.
  2. Choose Control Panel, and select Large Icon or Small Icon to see options in Control Panel.
  3. Insert bootable USB drive into computer and prepare to create password reset disk with it.
  4. Choose User Accounts, and then click “Create a password reset disk” on the left pane of User Accounts window.  
  5. When creating password reset disk is 100% completed, click Next and Finish.
create windows 8 or 8.1 password reset disk

If you can’t access Windows 8 or 8.1 computers or are locked out of computer, take another way to create password reset disk for Windows 8 or 8.1 password reset.

Now, third-party password recovery software and available computer are needed.
  1. Find and install an effective or powerful Windows password recovery tool on available computer, such as Windows Password Genius Advanced.  
  2. Plug bootable USB drive into computer and select it as media type after you run Windows Password Genius Advanced program.
  3. Click “Begin burning” button to start creating Windows 8 or 8.1 password reset disk.
  4. When it is finished burning successfully, a message “Burning successfully” would prompt you.
    At this moment, just exit USB drive and wait for reset Windows 8 password with reset disk.
create windows 8.1 password reset disk with tool

Besides, password reset disk created by Windows Password Genius also could help you to add new administrator for your Windows 8 computer.

Is there anything we should pay attention to?
From the above introduction, we realize that we had better create one password reset disk when our computer is available. Otherwise, we have to burn it with Windows password recovery tool.

In addition, we could create one more administrator for Windows 8 login or manage Windows 8 or 8.1 computers. And make a backup of password reset disk and administrator password.

If we do like that, we would not worry about how or when you probably forgot or lost administrator password.

How about other way to recover Windows 8 password, please refer to .

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December 19, 2013

How to Unlock Dell Computer Windows 8.1 Password Forgot

unlock dell venue windows 8.1 tablet
Forgot Windows 8.1 password and locked out of Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 tablet PC, how to unlock Dell Venue computer?

Unlock Windows 8.1 Dell computer with administrator or password reset disk probably are the most effective and easy way to reset forgotten Windows 8.1 password. However, even though they are easy and convenient for Windows 8.1 forgotten password, we still couldn’t make sure we have prepared it. So what is the universal way or tool for Windows 8.1 computer unlock?

There is such a tool, Windows password recovery tool integrating the principle of how password reset disk recovering Windows password, and making this principle run in easier way. So if we can take Windows password recovery tool to unlock Windows 8.1 Dell tablet, it would be better than we try other uncertain ways to recover Windows password.

Now follow the below steps to burn a password reset disk for Dell Venue computer password recovery.

Step 1: Prepare Windows password recovery tool advanced version, available computer, bootable USB drive or CD-ROM.

Step 2: Install and run password recovery tool on available computer. And choose bootable USB device and then insert it into computer.

choose usb media

Step 3: Select inserted USB flash disk from drop down box and click "Begin burning".
Few seconds later, a new window would pops up with message "Burning successfully". Just click "OK" and exit USB device from this computer.

create windows 8.1 password reset disk

Step 4: Boot locked Dell Venue computer from USB or CD-ROM.
If you have prepared password reset disk which is burned in USB drive, plug it into locked Dell Venue computer. Start Dell computer and set it boot from USB.

If you have taken CD/DVD-ROM to burn a reset disk, you have to set Dell computer boot from CD-ROM.

Until Dell computer boots from password reset disk and Windows Password Genius Advanced program runs, you would see Windows system and all user accounts listed there.

Step 5: Reset Windows 8.1 password for Dell Venue computer.
Select the Windows system and administrator you forgot password, and be ready to reset its password by clicking "Reset Password".

After forgotten Windows 8.1 password is removed, you just need to exit password reset disk and reboot your computer, and you would find Dell computer has been unlocked.

Surely, Windows Password Genius is not the only way to unlock Windows 8.1 computer, but it is certainly the most effective and safest tool for Windows forgotten or lost password reset.

The above passage introduces how to create password reset disk to reset Windows password. If without reset disk, you could follow information told here: