Buy Software & Apps Free Windows Password Recovery Software Comparison Comparison of Free Windows Password Recovery and Reset Software Programs Share Pin Email Print Software & Apps Backup & Utilities Browsers & Internet Video & Audio Social Networking News & Reference Antivirus & Security Email & Messaging Windows Only Mac Only iOS Only Android Only View More by Tim Fisher Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. Updated January 15, 2019 It seems that every free Windows password recovery programs has a reason it's perfect for one person and the worst choice for another. So by popular demand, below is a comparison between the best free password recovery/reset programs (usually called "password cracker" tools) available for Windows passwords: Comparison of Free Windows Password Recovery and Reset Software Feature Comparison Table OS Support Ophcrack ONTP&RE Kon-Boot C&A LCP Windows 10 [32-bit] Y Windows 10 [64-bit] Y Windows 8 [32-bit] Y Y Windows 8 [64-bit] Y Y Windows 7 [32-bit] Y Y Windows 7 [64-bit] Y Y Windows Vista [32-bit] Y Y Y Windows Vista [64-bit] Y Y Windows XP Y Y Y Y Y Feature Ophcrack ONTP&RE Kon-Boot C&A LCP Recovers Actual Password Y Y Y Resets/Clears/Deletes Password Y Y Causes Encrypted File Loss1 Y Y Relatively Fast Process Y Y Open Source Y Bootable (No Installation) Y Y Y Installs as Windows Program Y Y Needs Access to Another Account Y Y Graphical Interface Y Y Y Y Command-Line Interface Y Y Cracks Any Password Y Y Cracks Small & Simple Passwords Y Y Y Mostly Automated Process Y Y Cracks Passwords Remotely  All password "reset" programs will prevent future access to EFS encrypted files. The only way around this is to use a program that actually recovers the password. Continue Reading Answers to 8 Common Questions About Windows Password Cracking Tools to Help Crack Passwords in Windows, PDFs, and More 7 Free Windows Password Recovery Tools Locked Out of Your PC? Try the Kon-Boot Password Hacker 5 of the Best Commercial Password Recovery Tools for Windows Forgot Your Windows Password? Try Ophcrack! Need to Unlock a Word Document? Try a Free Password Recovery Tool Cain and Abel: A Complete Review Forgot Your Windows Password? Reset It With ONTP&RE Use These File Recovery Programs to Retrieve Lost Music How Do I Create a Windows Password Reset Disk? Use Ubuntu Linux To Reset Your Windows Password What's the Verdict on Mail Password Recovery (Password Tool)? 6 Best Free Windows Email Programs for 2019 5 Free Tools That Remove Passwords From PDF Files What Is the Default Windows Password?