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Created: 21.06.2023

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File path 🛣️: C:\Windows\System32\config\SAM.

⚠️ This file cannot be edited through the RegEdit unless the admin grants you permissions (data marked with red are not accessible unless the admin grants access):


However, this file can be accessed on a dead-box system. ⚠️ Also, this file only stores local creds, not domain or Microsoft account credentials!

SAM is a database of files, and it stores all the information about all the users: login information, password hashes, and group information.

🛠 Registry Explorer (Eric Zimmerman’s tool) can collect all users from the SAM and Profile files and show them assembled. This data can be exported to Excel, for example.


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