4 Commercial Windows Password Recovery Tools

A List of the Best Commercial Password Recovery Tools for Windows

In addition to many free Windows password recovery tools, several commercial programs are also available that will recover Windows passwords. These tools are of course not free but they might provide some additional features not found in freeware versions.

Realizing that you've forgotten your Windows password is guaranteed to strike panic in anyone. Fortunately, there are several programs and services that can help "hack" into your own Windows PC!

Below are the top commercial Windows password recovery tools available today.

Tip: See How to Change Another User's Password in Windows or How to Reset Your Windows Password if you'd rather do one of those things, which don't require extra software.

How to Use These Password Reset Programs

These password recovery applications run before the Windows operating system first boots up. This means that instead of installing these programs like you would a regular piece of software, you have to first put it on a CD (or flash drive, if the program supports it).

All of the programs below have a built-in mechanism to burn the software to the proper device, after which you have to change the boot order in BIOS so that you can boot to the password recovery tool instead of the hard drive.

This might sound confusing but just follow the links on this page to learn more about how to do these things. It's really not difficult if you follow the steps in order: Download the password recovery tool, burn it to a disc using the included software, and then boot the computer from the disc.

Important: Please read our Windows Password Recovery Programs FAQ for more information before you pay for any Windows password cracking program.

Active Password Changer Professional Password Recovery Program
Active Password Changer Professional v5.0.

Active Password Changer Professional is one of the best premium password recovery program I've tested. It's very easy to set up and use, making it an appropriate password hacking tool for even the most novice of computer users.

Like other programs listed here, Active Password Changer Professional deletes passwords - it does not recover them. The end result is the same though - you get access to your computer again!

In a test on a Windows 10 computer, Active Password Changer Professional successfully deleted my 20-character password instantly. I also tested it in Windows XP with a 10-character password with the same results.

Active Password Changer Professional is currently priced at $49.95 USD.

Active Password Changer Professional v8 Review & Purchase Link

Active Password Changer Professional officially supports Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 & 2003, and Windows XP. I used it in Windows 10 as well, and it cleared the password without any issues. More »

Windows Password Reset v8.5 Password Recovery Tool
Windows Password Reset v8.5.

Like many of these password programs, Windows Password Reset Standard does not actually recover the password but instead removes it.

The program was very easy to burn to a CD using the included image burning software and was even easier to use. If you want to burn the software to a USB device, you have to purchase the professional edition.

I tested Windows Password Reset Standard v8.5 using their demonstration version, which verified compatibility with my computer but did not actually reset the password. I'm working on a review with the full version of the program.

Windows Password Reset Standard is currently priced at $19.95 USD.

Purchase Windows Password Reset Standard v8.5

Windows Password Reset Standard supports Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000.

Note: An Extended Download Service is added to your shopping cart when you order Windows Password Reset Standard, which lets you download the program again over the next two years (should you lose the software on your computer). This is around $5 USD but you can remove it from the cart if you don't want it. More »

Screenshot of UUkeys Windows Password Mate
UUkeys Windows Password Mate.

The Windows password recovery program from UUkeys is much like the other two mentioned above. After downloading the software to a Windows computer, you have the option to make a password reset CD or USB device.

The Windows program is really easy to use because there are only a few buttons available, and their options are easy to understand. Once booted to the Windows password recovery program, I was able to easily select a user that should have its password reset.

UUkeys Windows Password Mate is currently priced at $29.95 USD. It's a lifetime license with free upgrades and technical support.

Purchase UUkeys Windows Password Mate v3.6.1

The UUkeys Windows Password Mate tool works with Windows 10, Windows 8 and 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and others, including Windows Server 2012. More »

Screenshot of Tenorshare Windows Password Reset Ultimate
Tenorshare Windows Password Reset Ultimate v1.

The password reset tool from Tenorshare follows the same idea as the others in this list. Install the program in Windows and then choose to burn the Windows password reset ISO file to a CD or USB device.

Once you've booted to the program, select the right hard drive from the option under the Windows Path column. This should be the hard drive that contains the user account for which you want to recovery the password for. Most people will only have one option.

You can then pick the right user from the list, like you see in this screenshot. You can also change the user's password, create a new admin account, or completely remove an admin account.

I was unable to actually delete a password with this program since I was just using the demo, but it was really easy to get through the password reset wizard.

The current price for Tenorshare Windows Password Reset Ultimate is $39.95 USD.

Purchase Tenorshare Windows Password Reset Ultimate v1

The following operating systems are supported: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Sever 2012 R2/2012/2008 R2/2008/2003 R2/2003.

Tip: To use your own ISO burning software to make the Windows password recovery CD (like Free ISO Burner), look for the ISO file in this folder: C:\VTRoot\HarddiskVolume5\Program Files (x86)\Windows Password Reset Ultimate\Windows password Reset.iso. More »

Windows Password Recovery Tools Aren't Necessary If You're Proactive!

These Windows password recovery tools really come in handy when you need them but there's a much easier way to access your account if you forget your password - create a password reset disk!

How to Create a Password Reset Disk

A password reset disk is a special disk you can insert in your PC during the logon process that will allow you to reset your Windows password. You will need to create this disk before you lose access to your account!