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Reset Windows Password (chntpw)

Boot off Linux CD

Offline NT Password and Registry Editor Method

Boot of the Offline NT Password and Registry Editor cd and unlock and clear the administrator password. Write files back to the filesystem when asked to.

Remove Hibernation File and Mount RW

mount -t ntfs-3g -o remove_hiberfile /dev/sdaX /mnt

System Rescue CD Method

Mount Windows Volume

mount.ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /mnt

Run chntpw

cd /mnt/Windows/system32/config
chntpw SAM system SECURITY

This will run chntpw for administrator. Unlock the account if necessary and/or clear the password. Answer yes to writing hives to the filesystem.

windows/reset_windows_password.txt · Last modified: 2018/10/31 11:33 by tschulz