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How to Hack Windows 7 Password with Ophcrack Live CD

By | Sep 3, 2012

What will you do if you forget your Windows 7 password? The very first thing you should try is to go to safe mode and check whether you have set your administrator password. But if the administrator password is also set then you may be thinking the only way is to format the computer and install fresh Windows 7. Well, here I am going to suggest a method here that will simply hack your lost Windows 7 password.

Note: If you are not interested in hacking the password or you simply want to reset or delete the password then there is much easier technique. Just see how to reset Windows password using a USB drive or a CD.

Here, We will use a software called Ophcrack which is an open source (GPL licensed) program that hacks Windows passwords by using LM hashes through rainbow tables. But you should not use this software for illegal purposes like unauthorized access to other’s system. I have tried this method in Windows 7/Vista/XP and it works perfectly fine for an alphanumeric password length up to 6.

How to Hack Windows 7 Password with Ophcrack Live CD?

Step 1: Download the ISO file For Ophcrack Live CD 2.1.0.

Step 2: After the download is completed successfully burn the ISO file to a CD using a burning software.The CD is a bootable one. But if you do not want to use a CD, you can very well use a USB Flash Drive to run the program.

Step 3: Insert the CD to your CD/DVD drive. Restart the System. You need to set the boot order to boot from CD as the first option if you have not set CD drive as the first option. To do this you need to go to BIOS setup and change the order. For most of the systems the keys like DELETE, F10, F2, F12 etc are used for going to the BIOS setup. But here I have used the Boot Menu Key which will show the available boot options during start up. For my System(HP) the boot menu key is Esc. For Compaq Systems it is usually F9. So if you know the Boot menu key then no need to change the order. Just Select CD/DVD-ROM from the menu.

Step 4: After booting from the Live CD, wait for it to load and select Ophcrack VESA mode(Recommended). If you have a graphics card you can try Graphics Mode.

Step 5: If you have more than one partition containing the password hashes it will ask you to select one. But most of the computers will have only one hash partition, so you may not see this step.

Step 6: Wait for Ophcrack to run and hack your Windows 7 password. After getting the password you need,you can simply click exit even if the progress is not 100%. No need to wait till end.

Step 7: After the process it will ask you to press any key to exit Ophcrack. Then Type ‘y’ to shutdown the system.

Now start your system. Enter the password you have found. And that’s it, see how simple it is!

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