Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Windows 7 Stores password?

05 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise 32bit
Windows 7 Stores password?

Hi all,

I am new in windows 7. Would like to have some advice from the forum, how the windows 7 stores user password. In Xp we know there is SAM on system root file, does 7 stores password on file to? If yes, where? If not, what is the password storing mechanism it uses?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 May 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit / Ubuntu Linux 11.04

Hi seraf,

Windows 7 does have a feature that allows you to create a password reset disk, by storing it on either a USB thumbdrive or a floppy disk (yes a floppy disk!). I'm not really sure yet where 7 stores the password on the system.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Enterprise 32bit

Thanks Xhi,

You're right, what i would like to know is the location of local account password, i.e. in a file or kind of it..
My System SpecsSystem Spec

06 May 2011   #4

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

The password is still stored in the SAM file (c:\windows\system32\config).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 Enterprise 32bit

Thanks Bill, that answers my question
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Windows 7 Stores password?

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Microsoft Retail Stores
Hey I was reading on the internet that Microsoft is planning on opening up retail stores similar to Apple? What do yall think of this? Anybody have anymore info on it? Thanks
Chillout Room
Where FF Stores Extension Add-Ons?
In which directory does FF store extension add-ons? When I upgraded to 4.0b12 I lost an add-on I like. Seems it is no longer on the add-ons web page either. I still have the add-on working fine with Minefield on the same PC. Just want to copy and save it in the 4.0b12 directory. The name of...
Browsers & Mail
Best Buy to open hundreds of Windows stores within its stores
Read more at: Best Buy to open hundreds of Windows stores within its stores | Microsoft - CNET News
Trouble resetting password in Windows Mail to new server password
Hi, I recently suffered a trojan virus attach and ultimately have changed my password on my email server. I have tried to reset it to the new password in Windows mail multiple times. It keeps reverting to the old password as the saved password, and I continually have to retype in the new...
Browsers & Mail
Windows 7 stopped sharing with no password / blank password
This computer was set up about a year ago with sharing enabled. It worked perfectly the entire time. Then a few weeks ago, it started prompting for a password. I've been racking my brain out since. Unfortunately, I let too much time pass before realizing I could roll back using System...
Network & Sharing
WMP 12 Online Stores
I installed W7 RC, and have been using it for a couple of days...still trying to figure things out. On my Vista system, in WMP 11, I log into XM Radio Online and stream music through WMP...however, in WMP 12, I can't seem to find the Online Stores that lets me choose XMRO. I see the link to Media...
Media Center

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:57.

Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App