How are windows passwords handled?
can someone give me idea regarding how passwords are being stored inside the windows operating system?
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Normally, Windows store passwords on single computer systems in the registry in a hashed format using the NTLM algorithm. The registry file is located in
This area of the registry has restrictive permissions so that a normal user cannot see the contents of
Once one has access to the password hashes though, it is difficult to gain the passwords again. There are many places on the internet that you can find information about brute forcing a NTLM hash. However, if you are simply trying to reset a password, I would recommend using Offline NT Password and Registry Editor.
If you want to get your arms wet though, the hash is stored under the key
with a value named