Ophcrack v3.6.0 comes in LiveCD format and is simply the best way to recover your Windows password. The LiveCD of course requires some preparation which we will describe below. Opchrack can detect Windows 8 (both local and Microsoft accounts), Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP passwords. The success rate of the application reaches 99,9%, while in operating systems such as Windows XP, finding the password is a matter of seconds. Any 14-character or lower-case code that uses any combination of numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters is crackable.
The Ophcrack LiveCD method does not require any installation.
How can I use Ophcrack LiveCD?
To get started, visit the Ophcrack download page and click Download Ophcrack LiveCD.
On the next page, select the operating system you are using (XP, Vista, 7 and Windows 8). Do not get stuck in the ophcrack LiveCD option (without tables) just download the correct ISO for your operating system.
An ISO file contains everything you need to write in one DVD or in one USB stick. To Ophcrack LiveCD ISO περιέχει το SliTaz (μια διανομή Linux), το λογισμικό Ophcrack, και άλλα αρχεία που απαιτούνται για να ανακτήσετε τους κωδικούς πρόσβασης που επιθυμείτε. Το Ophcrack LiveCD είναι εντελώς αυτοματοποιημένο, έτσι θα είναι αρκετά εύκολο για σας ακόμα και αν δεν έχετε καμία απολύτως εμπειρία με Linux.
After downloading Ophcrack ISO, you should choose to pass Ophcrack to a disc (DVD), or to a USB.
Create one bootable DVD ή USB and you are ready to get started. If you use the Universal-USB-Installer to transfer the LiveCD to USB, do not forget to select "Ophcrack" from the list of operating systems and tools contained in the application.
Once you have the tool ready for you, start the computer that you have forgotten your password with the USB or DVD that contains the LiveCD.
Ophcrack will detect Windows system users and start cracking passwords. The process is automatic - you usually do not have to select or enter anything. When you have finished, the passwords found on your system will be displayed on your screen.
Remove the unit disk or USB, and restart your computer. You can now log in to Windows with your password
Once you've been able to retrieve your Windows account, change your password to someone you remember and then create a password reset disk.
Some antivirus programs give false alarms for one or two of the two Ophcrack files that recognize them as Trojans or other malware. Samdump.dll and pwservice.exe. Both of these files are part of an open source program called pwdump that is included with Ophcrack and is essential for its operation.
The program pwdump ranks more among the "bad" programs since it can be used to recover passwords.