4 Free Windows Password Recovery Software You Should Know

April 27, 2012

When you forgot your Windows login password, what would you do? Take your computer to a PC repair shop or buy an expensive Windows password recovery tool? Well, sometimes it costs you no penny to get back or reset your lost Windows password actually. Don’t believe it? Just have a try with the following 4 free Windows password recovery software if you forgot Windows password.

1. Ophcrack LiveCD

Many free Windows password recovery tools are supposed to help you get back in computer if you forgot Windows password, such as Ophcrack, which is a completely self-contained and bootable version. Ophcrack LiveCD is the easiest and most effective Windows password recovery freeware that I’ve ever found to crack your forgotten Windows password successfully.

Since you can’t login your Windows PC because you lost the password, so first you’ll need to visit Ophcrack’s official website to download ophcrack LiveCD. Please make sure that whether you’ve forgotten Windows 7 password or Vista password, click on Ophcrack Vista LiveCD. If you’ve forgotten XP password, click on Ophcrack XP LiveCD.

2. Cain & Abel

Unlike Ophcrack and other popular Windows password recovery programs, Cain & Abel requires access to Windows under an administrator account. In fact, Cain & Abel is a bit more complicated to use than other password recovery tools which is usually unavailable for Windows Vista as is said.

If you have no way of getting in to your Windows PC, you will not be able to use Cain & Abel to recover your password. Moreover, before you can use Cain & Abel, you’ll need to download a rainbow table. These large databases of passwords are required so Cain & Abel can reset the forgotten windows password.

3. Windows Password Reset Disk

It is considered the easiest way to reset Windows password when you are denied to access your laptop with protected password. However, many of us haven’t enough consciousness on creating a Windows password reset disk before they lost the password.

  • 1. Type a wrong password on the Windows logon screen.
  • 2. Click OK when Windows displays a message that the password is incorrect and “Reset password” link will appear.
  • 3. Click Reset password to pop up Password Reset Wizard screen, and then click Next.
  • 4. Follow the steps in the Password Reset Wizard to create a new password.

Note:This solution takes effect provided you have created aWindows password reset diskfor your Windows account in advance.

4.  System Repair Disc

You can use system recovery options to reset lost Windows password by using Windows installation disc or access to the recovery options provided by your computer manufacturer. Also you can create a system repair disc as below:

  • 1. Click the Start -> Control Panel -> System and Security -> Backup and Restore.
  • 2. Click Create a system repair disc on the left pane.
  • 3. Insert a blank CD/ DVD into your CD/DVD drive and click on the Create disc button. It will start creating the System Repair Disc.
  • 4. When it’s finished, click the Close button, and then click OK to finish.

If you still can’t gain access to your locked computer using the free windows password recovery software, you recommend you to purchase a commercial software – Password Recovery Bundle , to reset the Windows password you forgot.

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