Windows Password Recovery Tools

Satheesh C B | Saturday, February 14, 2009 | 0 comments

Forgot your Windows administrator's password? How can you get out of this situation without formatting and re-installing the operating system?You can use Password recovery tools to recover lost user and administrator passwords used to log on to Windows.Here are some free utilities.


1. John the Ripper is a fast password cracker, currently available for many flavors of Unix, Windows, DOS, BeOS, and OpenVMS. It is operated at the command line making it a password cracking tool reserved for the very advanced user.




This is a program to recover (decrypt) files stored on NTFS (EFS) partitions created under all versions of Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Vista. Files are decrypted even when the system is not bootable so you cannot log on, and/or when some encryption keys (private or master) have been tampered with. Besides, decryption is possible even when Windows is protected using SYSKEY.


Download_ :John the Ripper


2.Offline NT Password & Registry Editor :Petter Nordahl-Hagen has written a Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista offline password editor.


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  • This is a utility to reset the password of any user that has a valid  account on your Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista system, by modifying the encrypted password in the registry's SAM file.
  • You do not need to know the old password to set a new one.
  • It works offline, that is, you have to shutdown your computer and boot off a floppy disk or CD. The boot-disk includes stuff to access NTFS partitions and scripts to glue the whole thing together.
  • Works with syskey (no need to turn it off, but you can if you have lost the key)
  • Will detect and offer to unlock locked or disabled out user accounts!


To write these images to a floppy disk you'll need RawWrite2 which is included in the Bootdisk image download. To create the CD you just need to use your favorite CD burning program and burn the .ISO file to CD.


3. EBCD – Emergency Boot CD:EBCD is a bootable CD, intended for system recovery in the case of software or hardware faults. Using it you can backup your data from IDE, SCSI and SATA fixed disks to USB Flash, FireWire removable devices, or other fixed disks; and restore it when necessary.




It contains the best system software ever created, properly compiled and configured for the maximum efficient use


Download_ ebcd-1.1j-demo.iso


4. Cain & Abel is a free, fast and effective Windows password recovery tool.




It allows easy recovery of various kind of passwords by sniffing the network, cracking encrypted passwords using Dictionary, Brute-Force and Cryptanalysis attacks, recording VoIP conversations, decoding scrambled passwords, recovering wireless network keys, revealing password boxes, uncovering cached passwords and analyzing routing protocols


Download_ : Cain & Abel v4.9.26


5. LCP is yet another free and very effective password recovery software tool for Windows.

  • dictionary attack;
  • hybrid of dictionary and brute force attacks;
  • brute force attack;

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 Download_ LCP 5.04


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