How to reset local User's passwords in Windows systems?

You can use Active@ Password Changer to recover your passwords and user account attributes in a Windows environment.

Active@ Password Changer is designed for resetting the local administrator password on Windows systems in case the administrator's password is forgotten or lost. You do not need to re-install and re-configure the operating system.

This utility supports multiple hard disk drives, detects several SAM databases (if multiple operating systems were installed on one volume) and provides the opportunity to pick the right SAM before starting the password recovery process. It also displays a list of all local users.

Other Windows login security restrictions can be reset, for example:

  • 'Account is disabled'
  • 'Password never expires'
  • 'Account is locked out'
  • 'User Must Change Password at Next Logon'
  • 'Logon Hours'

With Active@ Password Changer you can log in as a particular user with a blank password.

To use Active@ Password Changer:

  • From the Active@ LiveCD shell, click Start > Programs > Active@ Password Changer. The Active@ Password Changer dialog box appears.
  • To change passwords on the current drive, click Choose the Logical Drive.
  • To scan the disk and detect multiple operating systems, do the following:
    • Click Search for MS SAM Database(s).
    • Click Next. The progress bar indicates the status of scanning. A list of SAM hives appears.
    • Select a database from the list.
  • Click Next. The list of users appears.
  • Select a user from the list and click Next. The parameters for the selected user appear.
  • Select parameter check boxes to create the situation that you want.
  • Click Save. A confirmation dialog box appears.
  • Click Yes. An information message indicates that the changes have been made.
  • Click OK.

For each user that you want to change, repeat steps 5 through 9.

Note: For more detailed instructions and support, see the Active@ Password Changer User Guide

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