Software & Apps Windows 33 33 people found this article helpful Free Windows Password Recovery Software Comparison Comparison of free Windows password recovery and reset programs 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 on May 15, 2020 Windows The Ultimate Laptop Buying Guide Tweet Share Email 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. artpartner / Getty Images Comparison of Free Windows Password Recovery and Reset Software Feature Comparison Table OS Support Ophcrack ONTP&RE 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 Windows Vista [64-bit] Y Y Windows XP Y Y Y Y Feature Ophcrack ONTP&RE C&A LCP Recovers Actual Password Y Y Y Resets/Clears/Deletes Password Y Causes Encrypted File Loss1 Y Relatively Fast Process Y Open Source Y Bootable (No Installation) Y Y Installs as Windows Program Y Y Needs Access to Another Account Y Y Graphical Interface Y Y Y Command-Line Interface Y Y Cracks Any Password Y Cracks Small & Simple Passwords Y Y Y Mostly Automated Process 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. More from Lifewire 6 Best Free Windows Password Recovery Tools Windows Password Recovery Programs FAQ Offline NT Password & Registry Editor Ophcrack LiveCD v3.6.0 Review Cain and Abel v4.9.56 Kon-Boot v1.0 Review What to Do If You Forgot Your Windows Vista Password 5 Best Free PDF Password Remover Tools 4 Best Free Tools for Recovering a Word Password 5 Best Commercial Windows Password Recovery Tools How Do I Reset My Windows Password? I Forgot My Windows 8 Password! What Are My Options? I Forgot My Windows 7 Password! How Do I Get Back In? Recuva v1.53.1087 Free Version How to Change Another User's Password in Windows What Is the Default Windows Password?