The free, open source Ophcrack Live CD is a Windows program used to crack Windows passwords. It’s a simple Windows password cracking tool designed to help you recover lost Windows passwords.
Crack Windows passwords with Ophcrack
After you download the 462mb .iso and burn it to a CD, just restart your computer and boot up the Live CD. Once the CD boots, blamo… Ophcrack automatically loads and is on its way to letting you crack Windows passwords.
(screenshot of ophcrack on Linux cracking Windows passwords)
Features Ophcrack provides to Crack Windows passwords:
- Runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X (intel).
- Cracks LM and NTLM hashes.
- Free tables available for alphanumeric LM hashes.
- Loads hashes from local SAM, remote SAM.
- Loads hashes from encrypted SAM recovered from a Windows partition, Vista included.
I’ve yet to try this live bootable version, but I used l0phtcrack (now LC5 and no longer produced since the company that made it was bought by Symantec) a few years ago to crack Windows passwords and retrieved 99% of the passwords off a backup domain controller in something like 12 hours (using a not-so-powerful desktop to do the cracking).
A couple people have asked if this really works. I just want to re-iterate that this DOES work to crack Windows passwords. It requires physical access to the machine, but if you have physical access you can literally crack every Windows passwords on a machine in a very short time. As I said above, I used it on a backup domain controller and in about 12 hours cracked every single password on the BDC.
Why crack passwords when you can just create a new Admin account?
Most people tell me they simply “lost” their password. If that’s the case you can use some free tools to create a new Administrator account. With this account you can simply change the existing accounts password, use the new Admin account, or… well… do anything you want. Read more in my article: Hack Vista – Create a new admin account