This post will handle the situation of “the lost password” !
Situation which I had….;
I have been rebuilding the software on a laptop. The laptop was getting a new owner; so it would be nicer if the computer had the new owners name etc……
The old setup of the computer was using an administrator function on the old name…
I went a bit too fast…. I did not give the new owner enough rights – I deleted the older owner….
AND I had a problem; as I did not know the administrator’s password – I was not able to give the new owner enough rights…. OOOOOPS…..!!
Same situation could be; you didn’t give the users of a laptop or computer all rights – they want to install a program…..for which you need the administrator…. but your administrator disappeared (or forgot the password)……
After a search I got to the next program; OphCrack…
What is it doing..??
I took the “LiveCD” version – burned it via ImgBurn on a cd (with one of my other computers – as I didn’t have the right to install ImgBurn yet)……
Put it in the laptop; made it starting up via the cd/dvd player -> this you can do via the Bios….
How to get to the bios..?? Well; you should be able to find that in the instructions which came with your mainboard. Most cases, during the reboot, you need to press OR F1 OR F2 OR Esc.
Sometimes you will even see – during the start up – the key you need to enter to get to your bios.
Change the boot of your computer to cd/dvd….
Restart the computer; and the cd will start working.
Very simple explained; it will make a small installation of Linux and an extra hack program…. with this program you can find your administrator’s (or any other) password….!
It will go through all kind of progresses and it will take a while…. but at the end…. it found the one I was searching for…..!!
Write the password down; restart – go to the bios – change the reboot order…. voíla !
And 20 minutes later – I had the whole laptop the way I wanted !!
What does the homepage say..?
Ophcrack is a free Windows password cracker based on rainbow tables. It is a very efficient implementation of rainbow tables done by the inventors of the method. It comes with a Graphical User Interface and runs on multiple platforms.