So you forgot your Windows password, and want to reset it? No problem. All you need is a Ubuntu CD (download ISO fileĀ here, instructions on how to burn the image to a CD here).

Step 1: Boot from Ubuntu CD

Insert the Ubuntu CD, restart your computer. At the boot screen, select the language and then the first option, “Try Ubuntu without any change to your computer.”

Step 2: install chntpw

chntpw is a Linux utility to (re)set the password of any user that has a valid (local) account

Go to Administration / Software Sources, and make sure the “Community maintained Open Source software (universe)” option is checked. Press “Close”.


You will be prompted to reload the package information. Press “Reload”

Open a terminal (Applications / Accessories / Terminal):

Once the terminal is opened, type the following command in it and press enter:

sudo apt-get install chntpw

Step 3: Reset password

Once chntpw is installed, you have to mount the Windows partition. The easiest way to do this is to click the Windows drive in the Places menu (usually the first HDD in the list):

When the Windows drive is opened, make sure to copy the location where the drive was mounted from the address bar, and paste it in the following command:

cd /media/A854C956382E2B62/WINDOWS/system32/config/

Now you have the following options:

Reset / change the Administrator password:

sudo chntpw SAM

Reset / change another user’s password:

sudo chntpw -u your_username SAM

Whichever you type, you will be presented with a list of options:

- - - - User Edit Menu:
 1 - Clear (blank) user password
 2 - Edit (set new) user password (careful with this on XP or Vista)
 3 - Promote user (make user an administrator)
(4 - Unlock and enable user account) [seems unlocked already]
 q - Quit editing user, back to user select
Select: [q] > 

Pressing 1, enter, y and another enter will remove the user’s password, and allow you to restart the computer and logon to Windows.