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I copied both SAM and SYSTEM files from my Windows7 OS, and then used this command to read the content of the SAM file samdump2 SAM SYSTEM > mdp_chiffres.txt, but i'm getting this error Error reading ControlSet: _RegOpenKey.

PS : I have a dual boot of Ubuntu 15.10 (Linux) and Windows 7, and this operation i mentioned above is being operated from Ubuntu.

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well i got it to work by following theses steps :

  1. You have first to install a compatible version of samdupm2 and bkhive (because I have tested the ones on the repositories and it doesn't work well) using this commands :

    curl http://http.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/s/samdump2/samdump2_1.1.1-1.1_i386.deb > samdump2_1.1.1-1.1_i386.deb
    
    dpkg -i samdump2_1.1.1-1.1_i386.deb
    
    curl http://http.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/b/bkhive/bkhive_1.1.1-1_i386.deb > bkhive_1.1.1-1_i386.deb
    
    dpkg -i bkhive_1.1.1-1_i386.deb
    

    Ps : If you have problems with dependecies then execute this command sudo apt-get install -f

  2. Then you have to use bkhive on the SYSTEM file with this command bkhive SYSTEM keys.txt.

  3. And finally we use the samdump2 to get the hashed passwords using this command samdump2 SAM keys.txt > hashed_passwords.txt.

I have just tested it and it works just fine.

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