Active@ Password Changer Quick Guide

You can use Active@ Password Changer to recover your Windows passwords and user account attributes.

Active@ Password Changer is designed for resetting the local administrator password on Windows Operating Systems in case the administrator's password is forgotten or lost. There is absolutely no need for you to re-install and re-configure the operating system.

This utility supports multiple hard disk drives, detects several SAM databases (if multiple operating systems were installed on one volume) and provides the opportunity to pick the right SAM before starting the password recovery process. It also displays a list of all local users.

Other Windows login security restrictions can be reset, for example:

  • 'Account is disabled'
  • 'Password never expires'
  • 'Account is locked out'
  • 'User Must Change Password at Next Logon'
  • 'Logon Hours'

With Active@ Password Changer you can log in as a particular user with a blank password.

To use Active@ Password Changer:

1. From the Active@ LiveCD shell, click Start > Favorites > Active@ Password Changer. The Active@ Password Changer dialog box will appear.

Active@ Password Changer dialog box will appear

2. Search all volumes for Microsoft Security Account Manager Database - let Password Changer search all of your drives in order to find Microsoft’s Security Data Base..

3. Select volume with Windows operating system manually- if you want you can also search for the drive containing Windows system by yourself.

Select volume with Windows operating system manuall

4. Find a folder with Windows registry files manually- if for some reason accessing SAM database is not possible, you can find it manually by going to this address in your Windows Explorer:

C:/Windows/System32/Config

SAM hive should be located here.

SAM hive should be located here

Select it and click Open.

Note! Manually copying SAM data base is possible only when the operation is being conducted from another operating system.Select a database from the list.

To scan the disk and detect multiple operating systems, do the following:

  • a. Click Search all volumes for Microsoft Security Account Manager
  • b. Click Next. The progress bar will indicate the scan status and in a few moments a list of SAM hives will show up. SAM hives will show up
  • c. Select a database from the list.

4. Select a database from the list and click Next

Active@ Password Changer. Select a database from the list

5. The list of users will open up. Select the user whose password you want to reset and click Next.

6. Select parameter check boxes to create the solution that you want. Those who just want to reset the password on the user account we suggest leaving the default settings.

Active@ Password Changer. Select parameter check boxes to create the solution that you want

7. Click Save. A confirmation dialog box will open.

Active@ Password Changer

8. Click Apply. An information message will indicate that the changes have been made successfully.

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9. Click Finish.

10. For each user that you want to change, repeat steps 5 through 9.

Note! For detailed instructions, see the Active@ Password Changer Documentation