Have you forgotten your Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000 or Windows NT admin password and wish to recover or reset it?
Recover Windows Administrator Password
Then this freeware tool Offline NT Password & Registry Editor may help you to reset the password of any user that has a valid (local) account on your Windows operating system.
You do not need to know the old password to set a new one.
It works offline, that is, you have to shutdown your computer and boot off a floppy disk or CD or another system.
Will detect and offer to unlock locked or disabled out user accounts!
There is also a registry editor and other registry utilities that works under Linux / Unix and can be used for other things than password editing.
NT stores its user information, including encrypted versions of the passwords, in a file called ‘sam’, usually found in the \windows\system32\config folder. This file is a part of the registry, in a binary format previously undocumented, and not easily accessible.
Offline NT Password & Registry Editor download
This website provides CD and floppy images for end users to easily edit their forgotten passwords. But it also provides full source code and binary builds of the tools to allow others to use as they like for other purposes. Registry format documentation is also available.
You should download the CD version of this tool and burn the downloaded ‘bootable image’ to a CD. Next, restart your Windows computer and it from this CD. Follow the on-screen instructions to reset the password.
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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP since then. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.