My senior parents forgot their Administrator account on their Windows 10 desktop.

I can boot Kali on it and dump the password hash, but trying to crack it didn't succeed, apparently they had some looooong password.

I cannot use chntpw or similar tools, since this Win10 is after Anniversary update and chntpw doesn't work any more.

Is there any other way of Removing/changing admin password on Windows 10 from Linux?

I really want to avoid reinstalling the whole OS.

Thanks in advance

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    I used chntpw on a Win10 21H2 machine yesterday and it certainly seems to have worked. Apr 27, 2022 at 15:14
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    If Microsoft Account, you can change the password at Microsoft Live. That works. If local Account, you can also change the password with Pogo Stick ...... pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd
    – John
    Apr 27, 2022 at 16:11
  • @reflog - Why can’t you enable the default built-in Administrator account?
    – Ramhound
    Apr 27, 2022 at 22:59
  • @user1686 - I've tried several times with chntpw, resetting password doesn't do anything.
    – reflog
    Apr 28, 2022 at 9:41
  • @John ntpasswd doesn't work with new SAM as far as I understand
    – reflog
    Apr 28, 2022 at 9:42


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