Resetting Windows administrator password using Linux

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Forgetting Windows admin password could be one of the worst things specifically when a maintenance window is scheduled or you need to install some software urgently and only have access to an account with limited privileges.

A new tool dubbed ntpassword has been released that claims to reset any user’s password including the administrator account on a Windows system. One of the most impressive capabilities of the tool is that it works in all Windows systems right from NT 3.5 to Windows 8.1 – both 32-bit and 64-bit systems.

According to the developer the tool works by accessing ‘sam’ located at ‘\windows\system32\config’ and uses a previously undocumented binary format to reset the password.

Some of the other features of the tools are:

  • No need for old password;
  • Works offline – using a boot CD or USB;
  • Ability to detect and unlock locked or disabled out user accounts; and
  • A registry editor that allows advanced users to carry out other tasks.

The tool is available in form of an image which can be burnt on a CD or USB stick. You can find more information here.

We recommend our reads to tread with caution as the tool works with Windows registry and has the potential of corruption your operating system and we are not responsible for any damage caused to your system or data or both.