Windows 7/8/10 Reset Forgotten Password (Linux Method) – GSM FRP

Simple tutorial showing how to reset any Windows 7/8/10 account password using Linux.

Reset Windows 7/8/10 Password

The Linux Method

You can use any Linux live media for this. But I prefer system rescue disk. After booting, the procedure is same, irrespective of the Linux based media used.

Download system rescue disk from and create a bootable usb using the method mentioned in . You can also follow

Boot using the USB / CD.

Type gdisk -l /dev/sda to find out the existing partitions in your Hard Disk.

Mount the partition in which Windows is installed (the one that contains the Windows folder).
mount /dev/sda? /mnt (Replace ? with the partition number. In my case, it is /dev/sda2)

Change directory to /mnt/Windows/System32/config
cd /mnt/Windows/System32/Config

Clear out password for your user.
chntpw -i SAM
Press 1 and hit enter.
Enter the hex code for the user you want to change password for.
Press 1 and hit enter.
Press q and hit enter.
Press q and hit enter.
Press y and hit enter.

After you overwrite the Security Account Manager (SAM) Hive, change directory to /root
Type cd and press enter.
Unmount the Windows partition mounted on /mnt.
umount /mnt
Type reboot and hit enter.

Now, remove the USB/CD and boot into Windows.

You will be able to sign in without any password.

In case of Windows 10, press ctrl + alt + del and set account password.
In case of Windows 7/8, go to Control Panel/PC Settings to set account password.

Done! 😀

That is all folks! 😀 🙂

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