How to Reset your Forgotten Windows Password (Third Party Tools)
Saturday 30 November 2013

How to Reset your Forgotten Windows Password (Third Party Tools)

Few tools are introduced to recover or rest lost user and administrator passwords used to log on to windows operating system. Password cracker is a word used to define password recovery tools. It is known as cracker because these tools are used sometimes to crack password by hackers. But legally cracking or unlocking our own windows password is certainly a legitimate practice. A Windows password recovery program is just one of several ways to find a lost Windows password.

We can crack a different kind of password by using free password crackers for free programs to crack PDF files, Word & Excel documents, RAR & ZIP archives, and more.

this article is about recovering windows password by using third party tools. You can also recover your password with using windows bootable disk read more at How to Reset your Forgotten Windows Password (using WIndows Disk)

Below you'll find the best free Windows password recovery programs available, most of which work for Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP passwords:

There are 7 tools used now for recovering passwords, you can get the download link by googling

Tools To Recover Your Windows Password

  1. Ophcrack

    Stands in the first position, Ophcrack Windows password cracker which is by far the best free Windows password recovery tool available. Because it is user friendly for a first time Windows password cracker with a basic knowledge of Windows.



    One of the major highlight of Ophcrack is that windows access is not needed to recover lost password. It is very simple we can access it from another computer, you need to do is just visit the site, download the free ISO image, burn it to a CD and boot from the CD. The Ophcrack program starts, locates the Windows user accounts, and proceeds to recover (crack) the passwords - all automatically.

    Ophcrack has already proved its efficiency by recovering an 8-character password (mixed letters and numbers) to my administrator account in 3 minutes and 29 seconds. Ophcrack supports Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP on a Windows 8 PC.


     
  2. Offline NT Password & Registry Editor

    Different from other Windows password recovery tools, Offline NT Password & Registry Editor (ONTP&RE) erases Windows password instead of recovering it. It acts as a reset tool rather than recovery tool. But the working is similar as Ophcrack, that is, boot to a burned CD created with the Offline NT Password & Registry Editor ISO file. After running the program, you can log in to your Windows account without entering a password at all.

    If you prefer password reset then this tool would be the one you are looking for. Like Ophcrack Offline NT Password & Registry Editor also proved its efficiency on 64-bit & 32-bit versions of Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP PCs and it reset the passwords immediately without problem. It should work on Windows 2000 and Windows NT operating systems too.


     
  3. PC Login Now

    PC Login Now, this password recovery program works in an entirely different way by deleting the current password and allowing to access Windows without a password, after which we can create a new one. It is the easiest password reset program to use.


    It works just like Offline NT Password & Registry Editor but the difference is that this one is much easier to use. The only trade-off with PC Login Now over Offline NT Password & Registry Editor is that PC Login Now causes Windows to detect a possible hard drive problem on the first reboot after deleting the password.

    Now saying about the testing of PC Login Now, on a Windows 7 PC, PC Login Now deleted the 15-character password to my user account instantly. PC Login Now supports Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP. PC Login Now did not work properly in my tests with Windows 8.






     
  4. Kon-Boot

    Kon-Boot, is again the next easiest password reset program much like ONTP&RE and PC Login Now. Just burn the program to a disc, boot to it, and you're off.


    Different from other two tools Kon-Boot assures the password recovery rather than password reset. And it is assumed to be the very easiest and fastest tool to recover passwords. The only drawback with Kon-Boot 1.0 is that is does not work with 64-bit versions of windows, nor any version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.

    Kon-Boot v1.0 is successfully tested to delete the password on a Windows Vista PC and then also on a Windows XP PC. A commercial version of Kon-Boot, version 2.2, supposedly works with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8 but I haven't tried it myself.
     
  5. Cain & Abel

    Cain & Abel is a free, fast and effective Windows password recovery tool. But different from other tools much similar with Ophcrack, it is a bit complicated and advanced tool. Cain & Abel requires access to Windows under an administrator account. So Cain & Abel is considered to be a valuable resource to recover passwords to accounts different from other tools.


    In short Cain & Abel is an advanced tool to use and don’t expect it to be simple and easy like ONTP&RE and PC Login.

    Cain & Abel was able to recover the 10-character password to the Windows XP "Administrator" account in ten seconds. While it only officially supports Windows XP, 2000, and NT, some users have had luck getting it to work in Windows Vista and Windows 7. I've tried it with Windows 8, 7, and Vista and was unsuccessful each time.
     
  6. LCP

    LCP is yet another free password recovery software tool for Windows.


    Similar like Cain & Abel, LCP is a standard Windows program you download from LCPSoft's website and install inside of Windows, meaning you'll need access to a user account on the computer.

    LCP is a bit complicated just like Cain & Abel and users of this tool must have a prior knowledge on password recovery tools. LCP can be a little intimidating to those new to Windows password recovery tools.

    LCP on test didn’t work for Windows XP, the newest version of Windows it supports.

     
  7. John the Ripper

    John the Ripper is a very popular free password recovery tool that can be used to find Windows account passwords. But it is meant for the very advanced user. While the password recovery application itself is free, the wordlists used by John the Ripper to discover passwords do cost and are required for the software to work.


    There are free wordlist alternatives that work with John the Ripper which is why this Windows password recovery tool is still listed as free.

    John the Ripper is operated at the command line making it a password cracking tool reserved for the very advanced user. In theory, John the Ripper should support all popular versions of Windows like Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP.





 

Windows Password Recovery Tools Aren't Necessary if you are Proactive!

These Windows password recovery tools are great if you need them, but there's a much easier way to access your account if you forget your password - a password reset disk. A password reset disk is a special disk you can insert in your PC during the logon process that will allow you to change your Windows password without knowing your current password. But you will need to create this disk before you lose access to your account!