Recover your Windows Account Passwords! ~ Ask The Admin

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Recover your Windows Account Passwords!

Great open-source utility to recover lost Windows account passwords or to break into a locked machine.

In some cases, you can use special tools that reset your forgotten password (which I'll write about in my up-coming posts..). but there are cases, where you don't want to risk harming the system even more, or where you must know the original password- especially if your NTFS file-system is encrypted using EFS. Another case could be where you have a local-profile of a user and you want to be able to log in to it to recover specific settings of the user.

For all those cases you can use this tool called: ophcrack

these are actually a bunch of tools that can be installed on Linux, Windows & Mac. but I want to focus on the Live CD version of the application. the ophcrack team has compiled a complete all-in-one Linux boot CD that automatically loads the tool and starts the cracking process.

- No installation necessary

- No admin password necessary

- All you need is the ability to boot from a CD !

It can crack passwords from a local or remote SAM file of Windows 2000/XP and even Vista!

Use it for troubleshooting and testing purposes only! ;-)

Happy Mother's Day Everyone!