Start Active@ Password Changer:
Windows: go to the directory where software is located and type:
Windows PE 3.1: Once booting in Windows PE, Password Changer should boot at start up. But if you find yourself in the need for it later, click on
Start Menu > Programs
Linux: go to the directory where software is located and type:
> sudo ./PasswordChanger
In Linux software must be launched under Super User account
Welcome screen appears:
Program starts and you can read short explanations, on the next page of the Password Changer wizard will show you the following options:
In order to reset the password we will need to access the registry hive called SAM (Security Account Manager) where the particular password is being stored. You can either choose a particular logical drive to search for SAM database on, or choose to search on all hard disks and logical drives.
If it is impossible to reach a Windows system drive directly you can copy SAM hive file from the “C:/Windows/System32/Config” folder to a flash drive (or other external drive), then attach this drive to you computer and reset the password in this SAM file with the third option. Click Next to go to the next step.
If you choose the second option, you need to specify the drive to search SAM database on:
Click Next to go to the next step. If you choose the second option, you will need to specify the drive where search for SAM database should be conducted :
Choose a drive and click Next to go to the next step.
SAM (Security Access Manager) is a database where information about local users, their rights and passwords is stored.
If several SAM databases have been found - you need to choose a proper an adequate SAM database in order to properly reset proper account password and attributes. Normally SAM is located on a drive where operating system is installed in the folder: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG.
If the selected drive cannot be unlocked for some reason, current system drive is used by operating system, for example, User Account parameters will be opened in Read Only mode.
After you've chosen SAM database you will see the list of local user accounts with descriptions:
Choose a Local User Account to reset password and attributes for and click Next to go to the next step.
Primary Administrator's account (even if renamed) is always placed on the first place and has the icon.
Other Administrator accounts are marked with a blue icon
Non-Administrator accounts (Users, Power Users, Guests, etc...) are marked with a white icon
If you like to save backup copy of Registry SAM file, you have to press Select folder to backup Registry to… button and select a desire save place such as external HDD or Flash drive:
Path to selected backup will be pointed at the bottom of this page and on the next step where you can change selected account parameters.
If your system became inoperable after you use Active@ Password Changer you can roll back all changes to the square one. To do this you have to:
After you've chosen the Local User Account you will see account description and attributes:
In the left column you can see the account's current existing attributes.
In the right column you can set new values for these attributes. Default values are acceptable for most cases and guarantee to be able to logon to the system without password. To reset Account's password - make sure that Clear this User's Password option is selected.
Click Apply to store changes back to the SAM database. You'll be asked for action confirmation:
Click Yes to change the SAM file and go to final wizard page:
Click Finish to finish the Wizard and exit the program.
If Logon Hours limitations exist for the particular account you'll see the Logon Hours button and would be able to change the Logon Hours limitations.
Specify logon hours, click OK to close the dialog and Save account's attributes.
Backup file name has a timestamp at the end: YYYYMMDDhhmmss where YYYY – year, MM – month, DD – day, hh – hour, mm – minutes, ss – seconds when this backup SAM file was saved.