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Chntpw is a powerful command-line tool used to manipulate the password hashes in Windows SAM (Security Account Manager) registry hive files. It is primarily designed to reset or blank the passwords of local user accounts on Windows operating systems.

This utility can be run on various versions of Windows, including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

Chntpw operates by locating and accessing the SAM registry file, which stores Windows user account information, including hashed passwords. It then allows the user to modify or remove the password hashes, thus granting access to locked-out accounts without knowing the original password.

Apart from password removal, chntpw also provides options to enable disabled accounts, promote a standard user to an administrator, and edit other user-related attributes stored in the SAM registry.

The tool works by either running in an interactive mode, guiding the user through each step, or by specifying commands in the command-line interface.

Chntpw can be used for both offline and online password editing. Offline editing involves booting into an alternate operating system or Live CD, mounting the Windows file system, and utilizing chntpw to modify the SAM registry.

The tool supports various options, such as listing available user accounts, loading specific registry hives, backing up the original SAM file, and interactively selecting the user account to modify.

Chntpw is often utilized by system administrators or individuals who have forgotten their Windows passwords and need to regain access to their accounts. However, it is important to note that this tool should only be used ethically and in accordance with legal requirements.

As with any powerful utility, it is crucial to exercise caution while using chntpw to ensure unintended consequences or unauthorized access do not occur.

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