Start program and Search Options

Start Active@ Password Changer:

  1. from the Start menu in Windows or Windows PE 3.1 Environment
  2. from the command line:

Windows: go to the directory where software is located and type:

> PasswordChanger.exe 

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
Windows PE 3.1. Boot Disk start menu

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:

Active@ Password Changer: 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:

Active@ Password Changer starts and you can read short explanations

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 :

Password Chager software

Choose a drive and click Next to go to the next step.

 

SAM Selection

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.

Active@ Password Changer: you need to specify the drive to search SAM database on

Password Changer

or
Password Changer. SAM processing

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. User Account parameters will be opened in Read Only mode

 

Local User Account Selection

After you've chosen SAM database you will see the list of local user accounts with descriptions:

Local User Account Selection

Choose a Local User Account to reset password and attributes for and click Next to go to the next step.

password changer admin Other Administrator accounts is Disabled
password changer admin other Non-Administrator accounts is Disabled
password changer admin other Primary Administrator's account is Disabled
 

Select Registry SAM file Backup folder

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:

Registry SAM file

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.

How to Restores Registry SAM from Backup

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:

  1. Boot your computer with our Active@ Boot Disk (with Password Changer).
  2. Find the folder "C:\WINDOWS\System32\config".
  3. Move file "SAM" (for example SAM20160315230333) from this folder to any temporary folder - "C:\Temp" for example.
  4. Copy your backup file from the flash drive (or other storage where you have it) to folder "C:\WINDOWS\System32\config"
  5. Rename backup Registry file to SAM (just remove numbers at the end of the file name).
  6. Reboot your computer.
 

Change Account's Password and Attributes

After you've chosen the Local User Account you will see account description and attributes:

Active@ Password Changer: Change Account's Password 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 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 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.

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.

If you set path for Registry SAM backup file...

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.

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