Linux is the most popular operating sytems for web servers that host the Internet. It was originally developed by Linus Torvalds and now has a bunch of variants for both server and desktop. Linux has been used for advanced tasks and system administration. One of the unexpected usage of Linux is for Windows password reset. However, few people know about the tricks. It is tough but works as promosed. In this demonstration, we will use Ubuntu, the most popular Linux distro, to reset forgotten password on a Windows machine.
The first reason would be the fact that Ubuntu has the bullet-proof architecture of Linux kernel covering their back. The base architecture of Linux does not allow malware, virus or any form of code that can affect the functionality of the system quickly.
Ubuntu handles regular updates with assertiveness by providing real security improvements instead of daily checkups for expired licenses, unlike Windows. This means non-aggressive approaches since the leading developer, Canonical does not force users or trick them into getting an upgraded operating system.
Last but not least you have all the issues regarding hardware compatibility and support. Since Ubuntu is an open code OS, many people seem to believe that it's unattended. For starters that's a big lie, the OS has a wide range of hardware compatibility that is served automatically with an internet connection, so there is no need to look for driver's every time you plug a new device to your computer.
Finally, when it comes to supporting, Ubuntu has one of the best communities of knowledgeable users who are always willing to offer help to anyone who might need it. These guys have proven to be so reliable that they have described a method to access a local Windows 10 account an Ubuntu Live CD or USB flash drive when you forget your computer password. Pay attention to the following instructions:
Step 1: Let's get started by downloading Ubuntu Desktop Live CD from the form Ubuntu official website. The file should have a size of about 1.4 GB. You will need specialized software burn the ISO image to a CD or USB flash drive.
Step 2 : With the disc or flash drive in hand, you need to insert the disk in the computer that you need to reset password. Access the BIOS menu by pressing F5 and change the boot option to the type of drive you are using. Restart the computer, and you will see the Ubuntu Live welcome screen.
Step 3 : Go through the main menu, it's very accessible, you need to open "System Settings" and click on "Software and Updates." a window will appear, and you will be able to check the "Community-Maintained Free and Open-Source Software" option. Click on it and close it down.
Step 4 : Next, a dialog will appear with repository information that will look outdated. Click the Reload button to refresh the information. After that, you need to open a terminal and run a line of command to install the password reset you will be using. ?Look for the Windows partition and search the directory named "Windows\System32\Config." Now you need to right-click the blank space and select the "Open in Terminal" option.
Step 5 : Once in the terminal, you will have to run the command "chntpw -l SAM" to list all the user accounts contained on the Windows 10 system. You can choose to reset the lost password for a specific account, type the command "chntpw -u user_name SAM" and press Enter.
Step 6 :You will have several options to reset the password: you can unlock, enable or promote a user account. Choose your preferred action, type 1 and press Enter. Type "q" and hit Enter again. You can also quit the User Edit Menu. Type "y" to confirm the changes and save your modifications. After you are done, you have to restart your computer and take out the drive containing the Ubuntu Live key. Log into Windows 10, and you will be able to create a new user again.
As we can see from the above section, you should be familiar with concepts such as ISO burning, booting and command. Another major issue is the time it takes. The downloading would last 1-2 hours for slow Internet connection. So if Ubuntu was not preferred by your side or there is something wrong on your computer (quite possible). Then at here, we have a much better alternative called PassGeeker for Windows, a prominent Windows password reset software.
Unlike Linux, this program is designed for users for all levels. No tricky staff gets involved. And it takes less time. Just follow the on screen instruction and you will bypass the local password in a few clicks away. Interested? Keep reading the steps.
Step 1: Find another Windows PC and download the program. Then install and open it.
Step 2: From the main interface, it shows up the burning options. Insert a USB flash drive or CD and click the Burn button to write the files to the disk. This is a bootable disk we will use for password reset.
Step 3: Boot up the computer that is locked for access, insert the reset disk and boot from it. A minute later, PassGeeker for Windows appears on the screen with a new interface. In there, you can find all users accounts on the computer. Select the user account and click "Reset Password" button to reset the target password. Now, you can login without password anymore.
Ubuntu is still a favor for resetting Windows password but it is not that easy as you may think. However, it is totally free and no loss for trying it out. If it did not working, then PassGeeker for Windows is the best alternative out there.