Free Windows Password Recovery Software Comparison

Comparison of Free Windows Password Recovery and Reset Software Programs

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

OS SupportOphcrackONTP&REKon-BootC&ALCP
Windows 10 [32-bit]    
Windows 10 [64-bit]    
Windows 8 [32-bit]   
Windows 8 [64-bit]   
Windows 7 [32-bit]   
Windows 7 [64-bit]   
Windows Vista [32-bit]  
Windows Vista [64-bit]   
Windows XP
 
FeatureOphcrackONTP&REKon-BootC&ALCP
Recovers Actual Password  
Resets/Clears/Deletes Password   
Causes Encrypted File Loss1   
Relatively Fast Process   
Open Source    
Bootable (No Installation)  
Installs as Windows Program   
Needs Access to Another Account   
Graphical Interface 
Command-Line Interface   
Cracks Any Password   
Cracks Small & Simple Passwords  
Mostly Automated Process   
Cracks Passwords Remotely     

[1] 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.