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Recovering any windows password the easy way

Updated on April 6, 2012

In this tutorial we shall learn how to recover any Windows password, we shall use a Windows password cracker called OPHCRACK.

Ophrack is a software that can use both Rainbow table and brute-force methods to crack/recover windows passwords.(If you dont understand what Rainbow table or Brute force is, please do a Google or Bing search)

The recovery mission will be accomplished by using the Ophcrack Live CD technique.

So lets begin:

1. Download and burn the Ophcrack Live CD from the link below:
(Choose the version of windows you want to crack, if you download a windows xp version, it wont work on other versions and vice versa meaning to crack a Windows Vista or Windows 7 password download the Ophcrack Vista Live CD, If you Want Crack the Windows xp password download Ophcrack XP Live CD.)


http://ophcrack.sourceforge.net/download.php

2. Insert the OPHCRACK CD into the computer whose password you wish to recover. Then go to your BIOS and set CD/DVD as the first boot boot device and save the settings.

Now boot your computer. (You will be presented with a similar screen below)

3. Now Press Enter to Continue.

You will now see a DOS(black) similar screen and this may take a while, don't panic, just let things workout themselves.

After, this another friendly screen will launch and OPHCRACK will start the password recovery process. (Screen will look similar like below)

OPHRACK will take a while recovering your password. The usernames OPHCRACK recovers will be shown in the "User" column and Passwords recovered will be shown in the "NT Pwd" column.

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      dexixy 5 years ago from Kampala

      teaches12345 And Thanks for taking your time reading and commenting. This software is just magical for those forgotten passwords. What i like most about it is that the software is Open source and free to use.

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      dexixy 5 years ago from Kampala

      ausip, yeah, this "magical" software can be used by just anyone and it is effective most times. I haven't tried out the Linux utilities, could you suggest me some, may be that would be make up material for my next hub:), Thanks for reading.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Great piece of information and one useful to many of us. Passwords are easily misfiled or forgotten -- this will save us time. Thanks for sharing.

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      ausip 5 years ago from Australia

      Looks like a great piece of software. Much easier than the linux utilities I normally use.