Have you ever forgotten your Windows account password? If you have then you already know how painful the password recovery process can be. There is a good chance that Windows users who are not very tech-aware fail to recover their password and end reinstalling Windows via a bootable disc.
Whether you have or have not been through that situation, you do not want to be in those circumstances any time in the future. To help you out if (when) you forget your Windows password, I have gathered a list of 5 freeware programs that will help recover your Windows password.
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The last entry in my list is also the best one. Ophcrack provides one of the fastest and most successful password recovery options. This program also comes in the form of a bootable disc image which can be used if users do not have a separate Windows user account to reset the Windows password.
John the Ripper is a great freeware program that helps crack the Windows password. The application uses both paid and free wordlist files which it needs to operate.
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 no the computer.
Cain and Abel is another password recovery program that we need to run from another Windows user account. The application recovers passwords impressively faster than its competition and provides several recovery methods.
Offline NT Password & Registry Editor provides users with a great solution in case they have been running their computer on a single user account and have forgotten the password to it. We download a CD image from the program’s website, burn it on to disc, and boot from that CD to remove our Windows account password.