Top 10 windows password recovery tools

Published: 28th March 2011
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If you ever forget your Windows password or you just want to recover the lost password or in case you need to enter a system for which you do not know the password, you certainly would not like end up reinstalling Windows via a bootable disc after failing to recover your password. To prevent yourself from falling in this kind of situation again, take a look at the following list of top 10 Windows password recovery tools.

Ophcrack: The Ophcrack Windows password cracker is one of the best free Windows password recovery tool available. With Ophcrack, you don't have to access Windows in order to be able to recover your lost passwords. You just need to visit the site, download the free ISO image, burn it to a CD and boot from the CD. The Ophcrack program will start, locate the Windows user accounts, and proceeds to recover (crack) the passwords - all by itself. It supports Windows Vista, Windows 7,and Windows XP.

Offline NT Password & Registry Editor: It works more as a Windows password reset tool since it erases your Windows password instead of recovering it. Like Ophcrack, You just need to visit the site, download the free ISO image, burn it to a CD and boot from the CD. After running the program, you will be able to log in to your Windows account without entering a password at all.

It supports Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, and Windows NT. It also works with 64-bit versions of these operating systems.

PC Login Now: like Offline NT Password & Registry Editor, PC Login Now erases your Windows password instead of recovering it allowing you to access Windows without a password.

Another advantage is that it causes Windows to detect a possible hard drive problem on the first reboot after deleting the password.

Kon-Boot: Kon-Boot is yet another free password reset program. It's very, very easy to use and probably the fastest password reset tool available. You just need to burn the program to a disc, boot to it, and you will have a password free access to Windows. It supports Windows Vista PC and Windows XP but unfortunately, Kon-Boot 1.0 does not work with 64-bit versions of Windows.

Cain & Abel: It is a free, fast and effective Windows password recovery tool.Unlike Ophcrack and other popular Windows password hacking programs, you have to login to Windows under an administrator account in order to be able to use Cain & Abel. Therefore, it is a valuable resource to recover passwords to accounts other than the one you're using.

Cain & Abel is a pretty advanced tool and a bit more complicated to use than other password recovery apps. It supports Windows XP and Windows 7.

LCP: LCP is yet another free password recovery software tool for Windows and like Cain & Abel, you have to login to Windows under an administrator account. And LCP is a little complicated so some prior knowledge is very helpful to avoid even bigger problems with your PC.

John The Ripper: It is a very popular free password recovery tool that can be used to find Windows account passwords. While the password recovery application itself is free, you have to pay for the wordlists used by John the Ripper to discover passwords. You can find a free wordlist alternative that works with John the Ripper and that is the reason this Windows password recovery tool is still listed as free.

You need to be very advanced user to use John the Ripper since it is operated at the command line.

Active Password Changer Professional: Active Password Changer Professional is one of the best premium password recovery programs. It's very easy to setup and use, so even the most novice of computer users can use it. It erases passwords - it does not recover them and you get access to your computer again!

It supports Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 & 2003, and Windows XP.

Windows Password Reset: It does not actually recover the password but instead removes it. It is not free either.

It is very easy to use program and supports Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 & 2003, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows NT.

Stellar Phoenix Password Genius:

It is an easy-to-use tool for Windows password recovery and has a very user friendly graphical interface. Like many other applications, it removes password instead of recovering it. Use its CD to boot your system and reset password to blank for any user account leaving others untouched. It supports Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Servers (2000-2008).

For more information, please visit

http://www.recoveryknowledgebase.com/Windows-Password-Recovery.htm




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