In addition to many free Windows password recovery tools, several commercial programs are also available that will recover Windows passwords.
Realizing that you've forgotten your Windows password is guaranteed to strike panic in anyone. Luckily, there are several programs and services that can help "hack" into your own Windows PC!
Important: Please read my Windows Password Recovery Programs FAQ before you pay for any Windows password cracking program.
Below are the top 3 commercial Windows password recovery tools available today.
Active Password Changer Professional is the best premium password recovery program I've tested. It's very easy to setup 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 XP PC, Active Password Changer Professional deleted the 10-character password to my user account instantly. Active Password Changer Professional supports Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 & 2003, and Windows XP.
Active Password Changer Professional is currently priced at $49.95 USD.
Like many of these password programs, Windows Password Reset does not actually recover the password but instead removes it.
Windows Password Reset does not have a fancy user interface but the program was very easy to burn to a CD using the included image burning software and was even easier to use.
I tested Windows Password Reset v6.0 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 supports Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 & 2003, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows NT.
Windows Password Reset is currently priced at $19.95 USD.
Summary coming soon...
The software used by Login Recovery supports Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 & 2003, Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows NT.
The Login Recovery service is currently priced at $34.50 USD per use.
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!
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!