We have learnt how to recover Windows forgotten password with 3 methods in previous article, and many people are inquiring about the best Windows 10 password recovery software. In this article, we are going to introduce the top 6 password recovery tools for Windows 10/8/7.
If you have ever been locked out of your PC due to forgetting the local account or Microsoft account passwords, then you should have wondered how to easily recover or reset the password of Windows computers. Exactly, now we can try all kinds of password recovery tools to achieve the purpose.
These password recovery tools are often termed as “Password cracker” because these tools are used by hackers to crack the password of the computer. However, practicing this activity for oneself in a legal manner is not bad. You can use these tools without having a single doubt in your mind. We have listed password recovery tools for Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, and previous versions of Windows.
OphCrack is a free Windows password cracker based on rainbow tables. This tool is featured with a Graphical User Interface. On most computers, OphCrack can recover most password within a few minutes automatically. The plus point of this tool is that Ophcrack is also available as LiveCD distributions, so there is no need of installation. It will automate the retrieval, decryption, and cracking of passwords from a Windows PC.
The OphCrack program just starts once, located the Windows user account and finally proceeds to recover the password. Anyone which have a general knowledge of the PC or Windows can use this tool to recover the lost password. But this tool also has some limitations which cannot be ignored just because of its high ratings. The main disadvantage of this tool is that it will not recover the lost password in Windows 10. Anyway, it is a quite worthy choice to use this tool if you are using Windows version earlier than Windows 10.
Offline NT Password and Register Editor (ONTP&RE) is another type of tool which works in a quite different manner as compared to OphCrack. It simply erases or deletes the Windows password instead of recovering it. This tool is more likely to behave as a Windows password tool. Simply it boots from a burned disc or a Flash drive CD created with the Offline NT Password and Registry Editor file. You can just set a new password by log in to your Windows user account. Unlike the inability of the OphCrack tool to recover password in Windows 10 system, it can easily delete the password in Windows 10. This is the main advantage of this tool for the users.
Talking about of the disadvantages of this app, it works from the command line which makes everything presented in text. So, it is quite tough to understand the algorithm but it is worth trying this tool.
Kon-Boot is probably the best Windows password reset tool for beginners because it is much easier to use for the users who are having a very little knowledge about the recovering or resetting of Windows password. It will silently bypass the authentication process of Windows PCs, so you can log in to your Windows profile without knowing your password.
Kon-Boot tool is one of the few Windows password recovery tools that update a lot. Now it works with latest Windows 10/8/7 and earlier versions. It even works for MacOS. However, the issue is that it now requires payment for both personal and commercial
Cain and Abel is one of the most famous password recovery tools for Windows. It is able to recover various passwords using methods, such as network packet sniffing, cracking various password hashes by using methods, such as dictionary attacks, brute force and cryptanalysis attacks.
This tool is free and quite fast, but its disadvantages are also obvious. The program must be installed on a hard drive on the PC, unlike other password recovery tools. User must have access to another administrative account on the PC. Moreover, it may not work for Windows 7/8/10.
In conclusion, Cain and Abel could work well under certain situations for earlier versions of Windows computers.
LCP is one of the most effective password recovery tools that can crack Windows password with dictionary attack, brute force attack, or hybrid attack. In order to use LCP to recover Windows password, you need to boot your PC from a Live CD. After that, you can use LCP to import the password hashes from the SAM (Security Account Manager) file, which is usually located at: C:/Windows/System32/Config
Yes, though LCP works for multi-platforms, it is not easy for new users to get started quickly. Once you successfully get through the process, the recovered password will appear against the corresponding username under the NT Password column. Note down the password and then log in your Windows PC with that password.
Last but not the least, John the Ripper is a free and open source software, distributed primarily in source code form. It is another kind of password recovery tool which can be used to access and recover the password in a quite efficient manner. This password recovery cracker allows free use, but also provides a pro version which is more user-friendly.
The main disadvantage of this tool is that it is similar to the Offline NT Password and Registry tool (ONTP&RT) which includes the use of command lines and makes it more complex than the ordinary tool. This tool can be easily used by advanced user who are having a good knowledge of Windows password recovery algorithm.
So, to wrap up all the things, one can use these tools and avoid extra expenses to recover Windows 10/8/7 password. There are many tools which are mentioned above and you can use any of them according to the compatibility and version of the Windows you had installed on your PC. With the emerging advancements in the technological department, all these tasks are now can be done at home without any advance knowledge of computer or hardware.
Just in case if you have any suggestion about any other tool which can help people accomplish the task, then please let us know in the comments section. We will definitely feel glad to be the part of your thinking and suggestion.