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End of support ⚠

the project is now archived and will no longer be worked on because of the time that is needed to maintain this project and testing it on VMware in a not-so-good pc,

Unshackle - Password Bypass Tool

Unshackle is an open-source tool to bypass Windows and Linux user passwords from a bootable USB based on Linux.

Contributions are welcomed.

To-Do List:

Feature Status
Easy to use
Support windows
Simple CLI
Support linux
Tutorial video 🟡
easy to build
Simple GUI

✅ = Done 🟡 = Under development ❌ = Planned


To use Unshackle, you need:

  1. Unshackle ISO
  2. Rufus
  3. USB pen drive


  1. Download the Unshackle ISO from the releases.
  2. Download etcher (recommended).
  3. Use Rufus to burn the ISO to your USB drive.
  4. Boot from the USB and select Unshackle.
  5. Choose your OS (Windows or Linux).
  6. Let the process finish, then reboot your system.
  7. For Windows, press Shift five times on the lock screen.

Donation 💸

if you liked the project feel free to donate!

BNB : 0xAF0445f3eEDd7f113a47D3a339820F5b4B1F700c

BTC : bc1q5dedemhl64lqrcjpa226l9sf3hx2l9zm6mzszf

ETH : 0xAF0445f3eEDd7f113a47D3a339820F5b4B1F700c

LTC : ltc1qcu8z2wuexn4lq9em4taerkxcxca267lyg8xac8


This tool is for educational purposes only. Do not use it for any illegal activities or unauthorized access. Use it at your own risk. We are not liable for any damage caused by its use.


The program, libraries, etc., are licensed under the GNU General Public License.


Linux support is in beta, so expect bugs. You need to disable secure boot in the motherboard settings. The uninstall command for Windows has a bug (99% of the time) that causes it to fail, but you can manually uninstall it.

Uninstall Commands
takeown /F "%SystemRoot%\System32\sethc.exe" /A
takeown /F "%SystemRoot%\System32\sethc.exe.old" /A
del /f "%SystemRoot%\System32\sethc.exe"
move /y "%SystemRoot%\System32\sethc.exe.old" "%SystemRoot%\System32\sethc.exe"