This article could just as well be called “All security bets are off with physical access to a system”. How-to Geek has a great writeup for those who find themselves needing to get into a Windows 7 system and either have lost the password or don’t know it.
While the article is a helpful how-to, it illustrates in amazing clarity how, no matter how complex your password is, once someone has physical access to your system, it’s pretty much as if there was no password at all.
The process is amazingly simple but it does involve overwriting files, so remember to always make backups. Their writeup is amazingly detailed, so I’m not going to post it here again. Hit the link for the full article.
For a while, a friend of mine was having serious problems with her trusty Dymo Labelwriter 450 Turbo. She had upgraded to version 8.something and had converted all her address list to its new database format. Needless to say, she couldn’t go back to the old version (backups, anyone?).
Any time we tried to start the program, we would get a cryptic error message that started with this:
cannot create instance of ‘mainwindow’ defined in assembly…
After spending what seemed an eternity looking for ANY direction online to get the program to work on her machine, and trying everything from re-installation of the software to re-installation of .Net framework, I decided to try and run the program in compatibility mode. Wouldn’t you know it, it worked!
So if you’re at the end of your rope, try it:
- Right-click the shortcut for Dymo Label
- Select “Properties”
- Click on the “Compatibility” tab
- Check the box that says “Run this program in compatibility mode for:”
- Select the OS you want to emulate.
Compatibility Mode Window
I hope this saves someone a couple gray hairs in the future.