Reset Windows Passwords with Kali Linux

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Reset Your Windows Password Using Kali Linux

Hello Cybrary members.

Here I am again to talk about Passwords for Windows 7 or any version of Windows. Sometimes, we forget our password, or we want to reset the Windows password for a friend, officemate or anyone’s laptop in legal way.  Today, I’m am going to teach you how to reset a password using our Favorite Penetration Testing Operating System – Kali Linux.



1.Kali Operating System (click here to download the program if you don’t have it)

2. USB or CD/DVD



Step 1: Download Kali ISO and burn on a CD/DVD – many users are also using bootable USB

Step 2: Boot menu -> Select Live (Forensic Mode) … sounds good!!

Step 3: If you’re a first-time user of Kali, don’t panic at initialization mode. It ill open a terminal window.

Step 4: Find the SAM (Secure Account Manager), where in almost of the Windows’ OS passwords are saved. The file is usually located in Windows Folder. You can find under /Windows/System32/config/

Step 5: On our system, we find at /media/hard_drive_name/Windows/System32/config

SAM Location


Step 6: If we navigate using the image above, we’re going to find and open the SAM. The image below shows the syntax for the SAM database.

Sam database location


Step 7: Type the command: chntpw -l SAM. The image below shows the list of usernames found in the SAM on my Windows 7 OS.



Step 8: Simply run this command:  chntpw -u “username” SAM. For example, in this scenario, our username in Administrator, so simply type chntpw -u “Administartor” SAM.



Step 9: Voila, we found the main action, now you can press 1 for Clear, and so on.


I hope you find this as a pretty cool idea on how to reset the password in any Windows 7 or other Windows OS.


Regards from Philippine Security,














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  1. thanks, worked great on win 7and vista, but ophcrack handle’s those. what about windows 8.1? bout to try the tutorial for 8.1 and up.

  2. Does it work on windows server 2012?
    Nice tutorial.

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