Hello! Passwords are the most widely used method of authentication. Also, in Windows 10 as in any other operating system they have a great importance. Basically, without a password you cannot log on to your computer with Microsoft’s operating system. Certainly, there are ways to bypass this step. However, it is a default setting. On the other hand, one of the worst computer situations is losing or forgetting a password. In fact, losing a login password can be a terrible thing for any user. But don’t worry, there is a solution. Before we go any further, I would like to issue a word of caution. Please use these tools on your own computer. That is, do not try to use them on other people’s computers, it is against the law. Join me to review the top 9 tools to recover Windows 10 password.
Ophcrack is undoubtedly the best Windows password recovery tool you can use. It certainly seems a bit of an exaggerated judgment. However, it is based on the opinion of many users. It is extremely effective, fast and easy even for novice users. On the other hand, this tool is so powerful that it does not always require you to log in to Windows in order to recover your password.
Simply download the ISO image and mount it on a bootable device. This way you will automatically recover the password when you start your PC. The program starts, locates your Windows (Microsoft) account and starts the recovery process immediately. According to tests, Ophcrack is able to recover your password in a matter of minutes. And what’s even better, Ophcrack is completely free.
Offline NT Password & Registry Editor
This is a password recovery tool for Windows. In fact, this tool does not recover the password. What you do is to delete it completely. Consequently, you can set up a new one normally. Certainly, it makes it a unique tool in this list. It works similar to Ophcrack, you download an ISO file. That is, you must mount it on a bootable device. Then you plug it into your computer and the process starts. It is even faster than Ophcrack, because it usually resets the password immediately.
However, Offline NT Password & Registry Editor is not that easy to use for the average user. Indeed, it requires a bit of command line work. However, if you manage to master it there is no better password reset tool. The best thing is that it is available for free.
LCP is another free user account password recovery tool. However, it has essential difference from the previous two tools in the list. Indeed, it requires you to have access to a user account on a computer. Therefore, if you cannot access a user account you should opt for one of the first two tools in this list.
Let’s talk a little about how the program works. Actually, it uses three methods of password cracking. Namely, dictionary attack, brute force attack, or a hybrid dictionary/brute force attack. Each method has its own advantages. However, you will need some basic knowledge of these techniques to be able to perform any of these actions.
Trinity Rescue Kit
This tool is a combination of a boot program and command line. To start password recovery with this tool, you must create a bootable device. Then you need to mount it. Finally, it uses a command line interface to give commands to the program. This is a very versatile tool, as it allows you to choose what you want to do with your forgotten password. You can erase it completely or set a custom one.
Using this tool might seem complicated at first glance, as it does not have a graphical interface. However, the commands are simpler than in other tools in this list. You should surely have no major problems with this tool. Best of all, it is free of charge.
John the Ripper
John the Ripper is the ultimate password recovery tool on this list. Technically, it is a free program. However, it requires special word lists to discover the passwords. These words are available for a certain price. However, it is possible to find some free word list alternatives that are compatible with John the Ripper.
This tool is also aimed at advanced users. To be honest, it uses a command line environment that average users will probably find difficult to understand.
Hash Suite is an advanced password cracking tool. The purpose of this program is to test the security of password hashes. This of course includes cracking them. It offers in-depth analysis, reports, and statistics. In fact, basically everything you need to manage your passwords and hashes. It is extremely powerful. Likewise, is considered one of the fastest password crackers on the market. Its simple design and easy-to-use user interface add to the functionality of this tool.
As mentioned, this tool is not for beginners as it requires the use of a pwdump tool to obtain the hashes necessary for Hash Suite to work. Therefore, if you are not familiar with these terms, it is better to look for another option.
Active Password Changer
Now it’s time to look at Premium password recovery tools for Windows 10. Especially in case you want to try some commercial solutions. When it comes to this category, there is no better choice than Active Password Changer Professional. It is very easy to set up and use. Therefore, it is a great option for novice users. It is almost a simplified version of Offline NT Password & Registry Editor. Consequently, it removes the password instead of recovering it.
So, if you want a simple and powerful tool to remove forgotten password immediately, Active Password Changer Professional is perhaps the best choice. Unfortunately, you will have to pay to use it. The license price is available from $49.95.
Passware Windows Key Basic
Like most tools, Windows Key Basic requires a bootable device to recover your password. The program is very easy to use. You can even recover the password (both standard and Enterprise Edition) of the local domain administrator account.
Their prices are certainly not affordable. However, you can use a trial version of the program to create a bootable media. Although we must say that you won’t be able to recover any passwords until you pay for the full version. If you have the budget available you can buy this tool. The personal license is available for a fee of $39.
Windows Password Unlocker
It is a paid software of great quality. This tool uses a bootable device to be able to recover Windows 10 password.
It has 3 different payment options. Unfortunately the most expensive versions are the most effective. Although the investment may well be worth it. Very well, in this way we have seen the top 9 tools to recover Windows 10 password. Bye!