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How to Change Windows Password from Ubuntu Live CD

Ubuntu Live CD is a famous tool that is used to deal with PC problems as well as Windows computer login password. However, most of users are lacked of knowledge about it and have no idea about the operation to reset password in Windows. In this tutorial we will discuss how to reset Windows password with Ubuntu Live CD correctly. Windows 10/8.18/8/7/Vista/XP are included.

Ubuntu Live CD

Part 1. Steps to Reset Windows Password with Ubuntu Live CD/USB

Wondering how to reset Windows 10 password with Ubuntu? Here are the detailed steps with screenshots to teach you how to reset Windows password with Ubuntu Live CD or USB flash drive.

Step 1. To get started, using another accessible desktop or laptop and navigate to Ubuntu official website and free download Ubuntu Desktop from that page.

download Ubuntu Desktop

Step 2. Burn and create the ISO image to a CD or USB using the freeware like Rufus, Universal USB Installer or ISO2Disc.


Step 3. Open web browser and visit http://packages.ubuntu.com/lucid/chntpw to download and install Ubuntu Chntpw from Ubuntu Universe repository to your Ubuntu live disk.

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Step 4. After that, change BIOS setting of your locked computer and let it to boot from your CD/DVD or USB by pressing buttons like F2, F10, F12.

Step 5. Restart the locked PC and it will automatically lead to Ubuntu Live CD/USB. Now you need to find out the “SAM” file which is to store your Windows login password.

Ubuntu Windows SAM

Step 7. Run Command Prompt and open terminal by taping on Applications > Accessories > Terminal.

Step 8. Copy and paste the below command line to Terminal:
cd /media/<drive_identifier>/WINDOWS/system32/config

Ubuntu Terminal

Step 9. If you would like to change Windows 7 administrator password, type the following command line to run chtpw and reset Windows 7 password with Ubuntu in the end:

sudo chntpw -u Administrator SAM

Ubuntu media

Step 10. You will see the list of user accounts in your Windows computer. Just type “2” to change account password and confirm with “y” key.

Ubuntu reset password

Part 2. Ubuntu Alternative – Change Windows Password with Windows Password Key

If you are not familiar with Ubuntu, there is an alternative to Ubuntu, which is Windows Password Key. This is a quite simple-to-use program to change or remove login password in all Windows system. You could see how to use it as below:

Step 1. Obtain Windows Password Key from official webpage and install it to an accessible personal computer.

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Step 2. Insert a CD/DVD/USB to the device and create a bootable password reset disk.

create bootable disk

Step 3. Change your locked computer’s BIOS setting to boot from your hard drive or flash drive and reboot it.

Step 4. When you see Windows Password Key interface, follow the instruction to reset login password in Windows computer.

change Windows password

Now you have got to know how to change Windows password with Ubuntu Live CD clearly and understand there is an Ubuntu alternative named Windows Password Key. If you getting trouble in other matters, no hesitate to leave your experience in the comment section.

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