For this recipe, we will utilize the chntpw program to reset the Windows password. By default, Windows protects its
SYSTEM files located in the
C:\Windows\System32\Config directory by locking and keeping them from being assessed when Windows starts. To get around these security features, we will reset the password by having physical access to the Windows computer. If you cannot obtain physical access to the PC, then obtaining access by exploiting security holes in the system will allow you to follow along with the steps performed in this recipe.
You will need access to a
SAM file. For this recipe, we will assume that you have gained access to a Windows host machine.
Let's begin the ...