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Tips to Get a Forgotten Windows Passwords with Ubuntu

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Have you ever experienced forgetting the Windows login password? If
you have, or may often experience it, so here are ways to overcome these
problems by using the Ubuntu Linux operating system.

The first step we need to do is create a Live CD or Live USB stick
with Ubuntu Linux OS. OS Ubuntu Live will be used to boot into the
system and take that next step that we needed to dismantle the Windows
password earlier.

The easiest way to do that is by downloading and running UNetbootin.
This simple application will download the selected Ubuntu version and
install on the flash that you prepared.The
next step is to install Open Source utility called “chntpw”. This can be
done from Ubuntu by running Synaptic Package Manager.

To be able to get chntpw, Synaptic Package Manager should be directed
to look at storage applications Universe. This can be done by clicking
the Settings menu> Repositories in Synaptic window. Then, check the
option ‘Community-maintained Open Source software (universe) “and click

After that, click the Reload button and Synaptic will download the
latest package information from the Universe. When finished, type chntpw
on the Quick Search box.

If it appears, check the box on the side chnptw writing, choose ‘Mark for Installation’. Then click Apply to install it.

The next step is to change the Windows password with chntpw.

  • Mount the hard disk / drive that contains your Windows installation
  • Open the hard drive it (click on Places) and record labels drive that appears on the menu bar window file browser
  • Open a Terminal window (Applications> Accessories> Terminal)
  • Type the following command in Terminal:
  • cd / media
  • ls
  • Type: cd [label hard drive that you noted earlier]
  • type: cd WINDOWS/system32/config
  • To change the Administrator password, type the command: sudo chntpw SAM
  • You will see several commands that you can choose, the command is
    safest to create a password to be blank. Do this by pressing the number
    ’1 ‘, then press’ y’ to confirm
  • Select ’2 ‘to change the password to a particular word, but this has a greater risk of error
  • To change the passwords of other users (non-administrator), type the
    following command (from Terminal): sudo chntpw-u [user name] SAM


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