Wednesday, September 7, 2011

How To Reset Windows Admin Password With Ubuntu

Are you in a situation where you have lost password of windows based admin account. If it is yes then don't worry I have solution which is very simple & economic. You just need to Install Ubuntu (A free Linux Based OS) and follow the simple steps written below to recover windows admin password. This is very unique method of Windows Password Recovery where Internet connection is required.
First I will describe how to install Ubuntu (OS) because it is new for several users, then I will describe how to recover lost windows password with it. You need to install Ubuntu on existing hard drive on which windows is installed.
1. Go to Ubuntu site and download the latest Ubuntu ISO Operating System.
2. Use one of the free ISO burning application to create a bootable CD of Ubuntu. Of course, you need another PC to do this.

3. Use Ubuntu Live CD to boot into the live v
ersion of the OS.

4. Go to System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager.

5. Then Settings > Repositories

6. Once the window "Software Sources" appears, make sure to select "Software restricted by copyright or legal issues", then click Close.

7. Click Reload in the Synaptic package manager.

8. Click Search and type 'chntpw.

9. Once the 'chntpw' application is found, right-click in it and "mark for installation".

10. Click "Apply on Summary window," and also to confirm the changes.
** Remember that an Internet connection is required for the above steps. If there is no availability of a connection, a USB flash drive is required. **

12. Next, we mount the Windows drive. In Ubuntu, go to Places > Select the appropriate drive.

13. The last step is actually reset the password through the terminal in Linux.

14. In Ubuntu go to Applications> Accessories> Terminal.

15. Type 'Cd /media/disk/WINDOWS/system32/config /’ in the terminal window.

16. Type 'sudo chntpw SAM’.

17. This by default will change the administrator password. For a change to a particular user. Type 'sudo-u username chntpw SAM.

18. Then you will see a long display of information, most of which can be ignored.

19. The next step is actually reset the Windows password. It is recommended that the password blank with an asterisk *.

20. You will then need to confirm the change with a Y, and reboot.

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