How to Reset Windows Password (5 Different Ways)

If you ever forgot your Windows password, don’t fret, we have these tools to help you reset Windows password.

Windows are mostly used because these enable their users to work on it quite efficiently. People also write passwords when logging in to Windows, sometimes they might forget the password. There are a number of tools that help you to recover the password but these tools might take a long time to recover it. Unluckily, there is no simple and one way to reset a Windows password. It also depends on what version of Windows you are running, you might have to try other methods.

However, there is also no guarantee that the password should be recovered. Also, there are already so many articles written on how to recover or reset a password. I am not going to reinvent the wheel but will guide you about the best online resources that are used to crack Windows passwords. So, let’s get started!

How to Reset Windows Password

Following are the 5 ways mentioned below: 

1. Ophcrack Live CD

Reset Windows Password

Ophcrack Live CD (Linux Live CD) is a tool that is used to crack a Windows password. These are particular distributions of Linux that run directly from the CD (i.e., no installation required). It is specially designed for cracking Windows passwords. Also, you can read the documentation to learn how to use it. Simply, burn the ISO and boot using the CD and the program will get right to work. However, it may not work on very complex passwords because it truly tries to determine the password rather than reset it. 

Also, Ophcrack uses password tables to brute force crack the user passwords. You can download their free tables, but it does not crack long passwords. For such cases, you can purchase larger password tables (i.e., of prices $100 to $1000).

2. Offline NT Password and Registry Editor

Offline NT Password and Registry Editor

Offline NT Password and Registry Editor is a very small program that is only 3MB in size. You can burn it to a CD and boot it. It will auto-detect the Windows installation and the account names (i.e. if everything was installed in the default Windows directories). Using this program you can reset or blank out a Windows password (it does not matter how long or complicated it is).

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However, the program was recently updated after four years. It now supports cracking passwords all the way up to Windows 8. It is a bit difficult to use. Well, About.com has a great screenshot guide that walks you through the whole process (also, make sure to check it out).

3. Login Recovery

Login Recovery is a website that introduces a program that you can either download on a floppy disk or a cd. You can then use it to boot up with. If the PC is connected to the internet, it will upload the encrypted data to its servers automatically and starts the process to recover the passwords. If you do not have an Internet connection then, it will generate a file, which then is manually uploaded to their site. Well, I have tried this site and it did not work for my password, which was 11 characters and mainly symbols, numbers, and letters. However, if the password is something more straightforward then, it will probably be able to crack it.

4. John The Ripper

Reset Windows Password

John The Ripper is another free password cracker that works on Windows, Linux, and Macs. It is considered useful for any Mac or Linux user who wants to recover the password. This tool is pretty easy to use and comes up with good instructions which most people can follow ahead. If you want a step-by-step guide on using John the Ripper, check out this article from 101Hacker.com.

5. Knoppix STD

Knoppix STD

Knoppix STD is another Linux distro on which G4TV has written a good article that you can download and use to crack your Windows password. Simply, follow the detailed instructions he gives in his article. Also, if the password is not too long or difficult then, it should be able to crack it.

These are the best ways to crack a Windows password using Linux. Well, it might be a little too techie for some people, but it definitely worth it if you want to avoid reinstalling Windows and lose all of your data. That’s it, guys! We hope that this article seems helpful to you. For any questions, post a comment in the comment section mentioned below.

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