Recover / Reveal Windows Vista Password – Forgot Windows Vista Password

by Rohit Khurana on March 5, 2009



We recently received a mail from one of reader who want to get the windows vista password of computer in his college which is a local computer not connected to LAN network.

I want to reveal the password of a vista computer in my college, but I don’t want to reset the password.




Resetting Windows Vista Password is just of maximum 5 minutes job, but the reader don’t want to reset but he wants to know the password so that there could be no trace left behind. I guess this is not the school computer but somebody’s Windows Vista computer.


This is the first time we are telling about Windows Password Revealing but it is open to all now so, Let’s discuss how can you recover forgotten Windows Vista Password with Ophcrack


What is Ophcrack?

Ophcrack is a free utility for recovering Windows password based on rainbow tables. It comes with a Graphical User Interface


In order to recover the windows vista password you will need to copy the following files named SAM and SYSTEM located at the following path

  • C:\Windows\System32\config\SAM
  • C:\Windows\System32\config\SYSTEM

You can only copy these files by booting your computer with a linux bootable cd and copy these files on any where on the hard drive or removable pen drive.


Follow the procedure below after copying the files mentioned above:


1. Download and install Ophcrack on any other computer, make sure to download vista tables while installing Ophcrack

Note: As Ophcrack is a password revealing tool for windows some of the antivirus may recognize Ophcrack as virus, so don’t worry you can ignore that virus notification.


2. Run Ophcrack and click Load >> Encrypted SAM and load both of the files from the copied location



3. Click crack on the Ophcrack interface to start the brute force attack to decrypt the password.


4. Now sit back and relax, it will take some time to decrypt the password and most probably it will be a success.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Pierre May 5, 2009 at 7:07 pm

went i use the software, i could not load the system32 file that i have on my usb stic, because it does not reconize my usb pen.

Gopalji December 17, 2009 at 10:17 am

what if we dont have any bootable cd???

Rohit December 17, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Use some other computer or friend’s computer to create it.

Linky Wu December 26, 2009 at 2:57 pm

More free windows password recovery methods.
Those all are free and very helpful!

James April 20, 2010 at 9:34 am

Just run this program on startup- within 3-4 minutes your password is reset..
It called Windows Password Recovery Tool
works on ALL windows versions

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