How to Hack Windows Administrator Password

How to Hack Windows Admin PasswordThis post will show you how to hack Windows administrator password at times when you forget it or when you want to gain access to a computer for which you do not know the password.

Most of us have experienced a situation where in we need to gain access to a computer which is password protected or at times we may forget the administrator password without which it becomes impossible to log in to the computer. So, if you are somewhat in a same kind of situation, here is an excellent hack using which you can reset the password or make the password empty (remove the password) so that you can gain administrator access to the computer.

Hacking the Windows Admin Password:

You can do this with a small tool called  Offline NT Password & Registry Editor. This utility works offline, that means you need to shut down and boot off your computer using a floppy disk, CD or USB device (such as pen drive). The tool has the following features:

  • You do not need to know the old password to set a new one.
  • This tool can detect and unlock locked or disabled out user accounts.
  • There is also a registry editor and other registry utilities that works under linux/unix, and can be used for other things than password editing.

How it Works?

Most Windows operating systems stores the login passwords and other encrypted passwords in a file called sam (Security Accounts Manager). This file can be usually found in \windows\system32\config. This file is a part of Windows registry and remains inaccessible as long as the OS is active. Hence, it is necessary that you boot off your computer and access this sam file via the boot menu. This tool intelligently gains access to this file and will reset/remove the password associated with administrator or any other account.

The download link for both CD and floppy drives along with the complete instructions is given below:

It is recommended that you download the CD version of the tool since the floppy drive is outdated or doesn’t exist in today’s computer. After the download, you’ll get a bootable image which you need to burn it onto a blank CD. Now, boot your computer from this CD and follow the screen instructions to reset the password.

Another Simple Way to Reset Non-Administrator Account Passwords:

Here is another simple way through which you can reset the password of any non-administrator accounts. The only requirement for this is that you need to have administrator privileges. Here is a step-by-step instruction to accomplish this task:

  1. Open the command prompt (Start -> Run -> type cmd -> Enter)

  2. Now type net user and hit Enter

  3. Now the system will show you a list of user accounts on the computer. Say for example, you need to reset the password of the account by name John, then do as follows:

  4. Type net user John * and hit Enter. Now, the system will ask you to enter the new password for the account. That’s it. Now you’ve successfully reset the password for John without knowing his old password.

So, in this way you can reset the password of any Windows account at times when you forget it so that you need not re-install your OS for any reason. I hope this helps.

53 Comments

  1. banti
    February 18, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    After typing net user acc_name*,it shows a message
    the syntax is something else…
    what do I do?


    • Srikanth
      February 20, 2010 at 2:34 PM

      @ banti

      There whould be a space gap b/w acc_name & *. ex. net user acc_name * (correct syntax) and net user acc_name* (wrong syntax)


  2. Aarav__ A
    February 18, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    heh its excellent yaar…. but i need to acess this through client systems how can I? In my college They prohibit all acess even pen drive also!! So how can i open it>>>> please give some information…..


  3. deepak
    February 19, 2010 at 9:46 PM

    a very good method.
    we may also use ophcrack to try cracking the password of windows.
    we may even use elcomsofts ESR to simply break and reset the password once and for all within minutes..


  4. deepak
    February 19, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    hey srikant was wondring to have a talk with you..can u plz provide ur contact email so that i may contact you.?


  5. Karan Kapoor
    February 21, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    I am studying in 8th class and i have interest in comp science and escpecially hacking.I wanna be like u sir u r greatest


  6. omes7922
    February 21, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    wow man thanks this helps now when i’m fixing my porn addictive neighbor


  7. babu
    February 22, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    hi srikant!!!!!!!!!!!!
    can u explain by example for the whole process.


  8. swapnil
    February 22, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Hi there,
    After typing net user accountname*,it displayed that the syntax is..(different syntax was displayed).I m using windows 7.What should I do?


  9. swapnil
    February 22, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Hi sir,
    I changed the syntax as you suggested and it worked.Thanx.


  10. Srikanth
    February 24, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    @ swapnil

    I have already given a solution to your problem. please read the post once again carefully.


  11. Bighunk hacker
    March 5, 2010 at 6:33 AM

    That was awesome. U have totally cracked in. Hats off 2 u man. I m having an another problem. I hope u can solve it.
    I created a user with limited (non admin) functionality. Then using ur tool, i promoted that user to admin. Now i wanna delete that account but i can’t. When i try to delete it, it says that this user is not a member of local group. When i try to add the account to localgroup, it says its already a member of local group. When i try to delete it, it says its not a member of localgroup. I tried using ‘net’ command in dos. Can u suggest me a solution. My mail is bighunk2008@gmail.com.
    Thanks in advance.


  12. Anurag
    March 5, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    It really works. but you just have to type
    > net user *


  13. bhasker
    March 5, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    thanx………
    this site is very helpfull….


  14. tater tot
    March 6, 2010 at 11:39 PM

    i got it to work but when it says set new password it doesnt show up when i write it in. and when i try to just click enter, it says error code 5 access is denied.


  15. tater tot
    March 6, 2010 at 11:44 PM

    i just found out that for those who are getting messages when they have two or more word names you need to use quotations. instead of doing net user example man, do net user “example man”. that fixed most of my problems but i still have denied acces to changing it, says “error code 5″


  16. sandilya
    March 10, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    hi srikanth,
    I found this website very useful.Ifound lots of new things over here.I need a small information.A small question to be answered.
    “Can a person with administrator status prevent a program for running.I mean not something like a keylogger.I just want few games not to be run on my system eventhough the file appears to the other users of the computer.”


  17. ivans
    March 11, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    i have been try, but i still came same command
    “System error 5 has occured.”
    Access is denied


    • Srikanth
      March 12, 2010 at 6:59 PM

      @ ivans

      You need to login as administrator or have admin rights!


  18. guru
    March 12, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    After typing net user acc_name*,it shows a message
    the syntax is something else…
    what do I do?


  19. tater tot
    March 19, 2010 at 4:24 AM

    i found out something AWESOME!!!
    in windows xp, To hack an admin password, resart your computer, click f8 just before the windows xp logo shows, start the computer in safe mode with command prompt, once started click on the name ADMINISTATOR(if it has domain, write it in without password), then in the cmd prompt, write net user, once you have written it in, look for the account you want to change password on, then write “net user account *” (without quotes), then write in the password. for those who have two word names or more use quotations around it like this: Net User “example man” * then it should work, once you have changed it, restart your computer then sign in.

    :)


  20. akash
    March 21, 2010 at 2:08 AM

    m visiting u first time…..
    keep it up dude….
    every knowledge is ultimat..
    finally in one word….
    “WOW!!


  21. HIREN SHAH
    March 21, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    hey it really works yaar thanks yaar u r really a great yaar.


  22. Geet
    March 22, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    hey its not working with vista..!! Is there any other solution for VISTA..?? A black screen just comes and disappears in a second.!!


  23. Prateek
    March 23, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    have been try, but i still came same command
    “System error 5 has occured.”
    Access is denied


    • Srikanth
      March 23, 2010 at 10:05 PM

      @ Prateek

      Make sure that you’ve administrator rights before trying out those commands!


  24. laxman
    March 23, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    u r mindblowing!!!!!!!!!!!!


  25. Mallikarjun
    March 24, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    hi bro i want to know how to hack zip password without using software,please tell me


  26. vestyan
    March 30, 2010 at 6:53 AM

    there’s a lot of KB article in the microsoft website… though not all of the tricks are there but it has almost 95% of the needed information…

    this is a great site!>..


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    March 30, 2010 at 5:24 PM

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    Thank U


  28. Master_Sarah
    March 31, 2010 at 2:31 AM

    Hello,

    I was wondering if I want to do this on my BF computer will it show his old password so I can reset it to the same one so he wont know? Or is there any other way to get into it without him knowing?

    Thank you so much


    • Srikanth
      April 3, 2010 at 5:00 PM

      @ Master_Sarah

      After the password is reset it is not possible to get back the old one.


  29. nitin
    March 31, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    hi bro i really like your methods but they are not much reliable for vista or win 07 can you have some trick to change the password for vista or 07


  30. Dhaval
    April 1, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    I like ur trick of booting. . .
    But der is other option tyre ‘control userpasswords2′ in runbox
    it vl prompt for reset administrator password.


  31. mik
    April 3, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    Hey that was really awsome…But where is the use of this technique.
    & is there any way to change or to get into administrator’s account only by using a guest account…If there is any, please let me know
    With regards
    MIK.


  32. parul
    April 5, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    Hello,Thanks for giving such good guiding material to us for topic hacking.I got benefit from it.


  33. akash
    April 7, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    hi!!!!!!!!
    ho we make a bootable cd….
    plz help me


  34. Saef Ahmad
    April 8, 2010 at 7:39 AM

    Hey Srikanth. I think I found another hack for Vista. If you boot up in safe mode, it will not ask you for a password. From there you can make a new administrator account and delete the one you were originally on if you forgot your password or if you are on someone else’s computer.


  35. Saef Ahmad
    April 8, 2010 at 7:59 AM

    Oh and will this work on Vista? Thanks.


  36. mayuresh
    April 8, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    i have forgotten administrator password and i m using alternate normal acnt
    when i m typing the given command above in dos i get a msg acess is denied
    will u plz help me


  37. rono_ceh
    April 14, 2010 at 10:45 PM

    You can also try this two great software one is konboot which help you out of bypassing the password problem .just go throug this link & download your software.http://www.piotrbania.com/all/kon-boot/
    its unfortunate that the new 2010 version goes commercial so you have to buy this but old r freeware so grab that.

    another great soft is pcloginow.it helps you to escalate your limited account to administrator.so download it
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/pcloginnow/


  38. sathish
    April 29, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    BEST METHOD TO CHANGE THE ADMINISTRATOR PASSWORD FROM OTHER USER OR GUEST:

    LOGIN IN ANY USER OR GUEST

    GO TO RUN

    TYPE control userpasswords2 THEN CLICK OK

    A SCREEN WILL OPEN. THEN YOU WILL CHANGE THE PASSWORD

    THANKS GUYS

    FOR MORE ….. CEEE MY BLOG


  39. tanuj
    May 8, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    it says system error 5 has occurred occurred. access is denied ..
    i have tried it from administrator account .. as well as the user account.


  40. Shane
    May 16, 2010 at 4:09 AM

    I got system error 5 with the comand prompt. What now?


  41. jithu
    May 17, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    respected sir
    after i typed “net user administrator name*”.

    a message like this came

    [username [passowrd | * ] ………….etc

    what should i do


  42. sri
    May 23, 2010 at 9:18 AM

    dear frndz,
    i am working in a MNC company , here we have internet access with our ID’s,
    company ristricts most of sites like youtube , rapidshare, etc… when i entered the site address FORTIGARD WEB VIOLATION wil come here the problem is ‘how can i access above sites without knowing admnistrator “.
    is it possible ? if it possible ,
    please give me a solution to my mail .
    my id is: sivasri999@yahoo.co.in


    • Srikanth
      May 24, 2010 at 11:04 AM

      @ sri

      You need to use proxy services like hidemyass.com


  43. geebees9
    May 25, 2010 at 5:44 AM

    hey i get caught up when you say the system asks for the password my Command prompt says NET USER
    [username [password : *][options]] [/DOMAIN]
    … an like a few more lines of text like this, help me out?
    email: geebees9@yahoo.com


  44. naveen
    May 25, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Awesome man its very easy trick to crack passwords……..thanxxxx man!!!!!!!!1


  45. ARABIND
    May 26, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    BRO YOU ARE GR8….HATS OFFFFFF!!!!!


  46. Johnsat
    May 27, 2010 at 2:59 PM

    Sir , i got that . But i dnt know how to access in when u dnt know the windows vista password( without loging in windows) . Plz help me i m in great trouble.


  47. nazmul
    May 28, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    Hi Dear,
    I want sum comand how can i reset administrator password win 7,
    win xp, win vista


  48. joepring
    May 31, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    i love this trick my friend! it works very well!