Software & Apps Windows 5 Best Commercial Windows Password Recovery Tools A list of the best paid password recovery apps for windows By Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated November 22, 2019 Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide Tweet Share Email 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 you "hack" into your own Windows PC! 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. 01 of 05 Active Password Changer Professional Active Password Changer Professional v7.0.9. Active Password Changer Professional is one of the best premium password recovery programs 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, as you get access to your computer again! In a test on a Windows 10 computer, Active Password Changer Professional successfully deleted a 20-character password instantly. Active Password Changer Professional is currently priced at $49.95 USD. Active Password Changer Professional officially supports Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 & 2003, and Windows XP. 02 of 05 Windows Password Reset Standard 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. Windows Password Reset Standard is currently priced at $19.95 USD. Windows Password Reset Standard supports Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000. 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. 03 of 05 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, it is easy to 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. 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. 04 of 05 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 recover the password. Most people will only have one option. You can then pick the right user from the list as you see in this screenshot. You can also change the user's password, create a new admin account, or completely remove an admin account. The current price for Tenorshare Windows Password Reset Ultimate is $39.95 USD. 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. 05 of 05 iSunshare Windows Password Genius iSunshare Windows Password Genius. iSunshare's Windows password reset program isn't much different than the others in this list. You can install it on CD/DVD or a USB device. Boot to it and you'll be able to reset any user's password. There are four steps involved in iSunshare Windows Password Manager: Choose the operating system, select a user, reset the user's password, and then reboot the computer. Something else you can do with this program is to make a new user. Windows Password Genius Standard is currently priced at $19.95. USD. For other features like RAID support, the option to make a new domain admin account, etc., you can purchase the Professional, Advanced, or Raid version, all of which are increasingly more expensive than the Standard edition. This Windows password resetter works for Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows 2000. It can also reset the password in Windows Server 2016 down through 2000. 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! 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!