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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?


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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.
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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..
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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).
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06 May 2011   #5

Windows 7 Enterprise 32bit

Thanks Bill, that answers my question
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