Top 4 Free Windows Password Recovery Tools 2018

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Windows password recovery tools as the name signifies are used to reset or recover the lost or forgotten password. It is the strength of these tools which easily allow us to gain the control over our system. The key features of the windows 10 password reset tool are listed below:

  • Reset and recover the passwords from all the different versions ofWindows
  • Reset Domain admin password and Local password
  • Support Bootable CD/DVD for reset
  • Support USB drive for reset
  • Offers a 100% recovery rate of password

There are many free tools available in the market, but we have gathered the tools which will be most effective in recovering or resetting your Windows password. Now, in the future, if you ever get stuck while signing in to your system because forgot the password or lost it somehow. Then you have multiple solutions to the problem.

Part 1: Top 4 Free Windows Password Recovery Tools

Offline NT Password & Registry Editor

When it comes to password recovery, the Offline NT Password & Registry Editor works in a different way. Instead of helping the user to recover the password, but erase it completely. That's why it is also called Reset tool. By using this tool, users will unlock their Windows and can reapply the password if they want to.

To use this tool for password recovery, you can follow the steps below:

Step 1. The main step is to make a chntpw Live CD or USB drive from another computer which has an internet connection.

Step 2. Now connect the CD or USB drive to the locked computer and make the CD or USB to boot first. The system will boot with Offline NT Password & Registry Editor.

boot the cd or usb

Step 3. In the next screen, the tool will ask about the drive on which window is installed. Enter it and all the partitions of the window will be displayed.

Step 4. Now, you will be asked to choose the registry that needs editing. To reset Windows password, select the SAM registry.

Step 5. In the main interface of the tool, all the SAM database will be displayed and you will be prompted to select the user. Choose the user account whose password you want to reset.

Step 6. In the next screen, select an action from the clear password, unlock and enable user account or promote a user to admin. Press 1 to just reset the password. Exit the program by first pressing q two times and then y with Entering key to writing the changes. Reboot the system and take out the chntpw Live CD/USB drive and your system won't ask for a password when you log in.

edit user account details

The Offline NT Password & Registry Editor is compatible with the different versions of 32 and 64-bit Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP.

Windows Password Recovery Standard

Similarly to most of the windows 10 password reset tools, Windows Password Recovery Standard burns the recovery and reset program to a USB drive or disc. The users can give a try to this password reset tool and see it for themselves. It is a fast and easy to use the tool.

The method to recover the password using the Windows Password Recovery Standard tool is explained below:

Step 1. Download the toolkit from the official website. As soon as the toolkit is downloaded, install it on any Computer that you can access easily.

Step 2. Now, you have to burn the bootable CD or DVD as Windows reset disk. When you will launch the toolkit it will display two options on the top of the screen to create a bootable CD/DVD with the help of ISO image.

Step 3. From the option, you can select any of the options but if you don't want to go through the hassle of creating a new ISO image, you can opt for the default ISO image. But before you burn the image, insert a CD/DVD or flash drive into the computer. specify the drive on which you want to burn the ISO file and then click on Burn.

select the default iso image

Step 4. You will get a pop-up notification in the next screen that all the data will be erased from the drive. click on Yes and continue with the process. when the reset disk is created successfully, click on Yes button to finish the process.

permission to erase the disc

Step 5. Now insert the bootable CD/DVD drive into the locked system and then reboot the system from the reset disk. When the system boots, you will be able to see the toolkit initializing in the system. If you have set a password on the reset disk, then enter the password otherwise skip this step.

Step 6. Choose the Windows installation and then select the user account whose password you want to reset or remove.

choose windows installation

Step 7. Tick on the user account and then click on reset and then Reboot your system. The existing password for the user account will be removed and you will be able to login to your system without any problem.

select the user account

The Windows Password Recovery Standard tool works effectively with 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows 10, 8, and 7.

John the Ripper

It is a very popular free password recovery tool nowadays. It can effectively recover passwords with the help of its advanced recovery applications. For the users who might think that there is a word list that is only available after you pay for it. But there is also an alternate word list and that's the main reason the tool is listed as free. It is mostly used as Windows 10 password reset tool but it is also compatible with other Windows versions. This tool is also operated in the command line and requires an efficient person to work on it.

To recover password with the help of John the Ripper, you have to download it first and then run it on your system for the recovery process. The steps are given below:

Step 1. Before you download the Window binaries of the tool and then unzip it, make sure that you have the password hashes from SAM file.

Step 2. Open the command prompt and find the directory where the tool is located and type john-format=LM d:\hash.txt.

make change to the directory

Step 3. By the time you make the change, the tool will start cracking your password as quickly as possible.

PassFab 4WinKey

The password recovery tool provided by Tenorshare is given the name PassFab 4WinKey. As one of the most popular windows password recovery tool, it supports reset all Local users and Domain users password. Not only easy to operation but also support more than 100 computer models. Now, use this tool follow the guide as below.

Step 1. Firstly download the PassFab 4 WinKey on a computer which is accessible to you.

Step 2. Now, connect a CD/DVD/USB Flash drive with the computer and click on the burn option. It will create a recovery disk with PassFab4WinKey.

choose usb

Step 3. Now insert the CD/DVD/USB Flash drive to the system whose password you want to reset or recover. When you insert the bootable disc, reboot the device and press F12 to get to the Boot menu interface.

Step 4. When the boot is successful, you will be navigated to the Windows password Recovery main interface. From there you can select whether you want to reset, recover or remove your password.

windows password recovery interface

Step 5. You are now free to set a new password for your Windows operating system. Just click on the Reset Your Password option and you will be done.

Summary

The article gives you a brief introduction to the top Windows 10 password reset tools and the process of how to download and use them. With the help of any of these tools, you will be able to recover and reset your Windows password. But for users, PassFab 4 WinKey is recommended as it is the easiest one to use and operate.

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