Resetting windows passwords

I had to reset the password of an account on a system running windows 7. There is a wonderfull linux live CD to do the job really easy.
Go to http://www.sysresccd.org/Download and download the according ISO image. Burn it and boot your windows machine.

After sysresccd has booted mount your windows partition:

Change directory:

In there you should find a file named SAM.
List users by running:

Clear password:

Chose 1 to clear the users password.
Write this changes to disk by pressing Y.

Taddaaa. Reboot. Easy as can be.

I presume that you do have some basic linux know-how. e.g. how to find partition types. If you do have problems doing this leave a comment.


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  1. Thank you, I have recently been searching for information about this topic for ages and yours is the best I have discovered so far.

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