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If you have managed to forget your computer password and you are unable to log into any Windows (or Mac OS X) account then Computer Repair Vancouver has a special tutorial just for you. Today we will look at a relatively easy way you can proactively recover your computer’s password without having to take your PC to the local computer repair technician.
Now, before we begin, we suggest that you take one last look around your house. Make sure that you did not write down your forgotten code on a piece of paper and place it within your computer desk or on your dresser drawer. Although the method we will be describing below is relatively straightforward, rediscovering a physical copy of your password is always the simplest solution to the problem at hand.
Assuming that you had no luck in this last ditch effort and you are still unable to log into your computer then it is time to put away the anxiety medication and head on over to the homepage of Ophcrack. What is Ophcrack, you may be asking? Well, it is a free, open source, program used to crack passwords. Ok, you say; but what does it mean to “crack” a password? Cracking a password, within the computer repair world, is simply the process of discovering a formerly hidden code word typically through the use of a software program. The term cracking tends to have negative connotations since it is most often used when people (frequently described as hackers) attempt to infiltrate the accounts of other individuals without their consent. This is not a problem in our case since we are simply trying to access our own information. However, just as a quick note, we here at Computer Repair Vancouver advise you not to make use of this program on another persons computer (without their explicit knowledge) as this can definitely get you into some hot water.
This particular password recovery tool has several important advantageous features (which is the reason why we here at Computer Repair Vancouver advocate its use). First, and most importantly, it is a software package which allows you to recover passwords even if you are unable to login to any user account. Unlike some applications which run from the desktop, Ophcrack boots up from a CD before the operating system even loads. Subsequently, it needs no formal entrance into the Windows operating system. Another benefit of Ophcrack is that it supports a broad range of operating systems including every recent version of Microsoft Windows (including XP, Vista, and 7), Mac OS X, and Linux. Therefore, no matter what type of computer you are using, you are likely able to make use of it. Finally, it has the ability to recover passwords in a timely manner with only a basic level of computer expertise. The folks who have created it have been nice enough to put it on a Linux LiveCD with all the necessary components so little to no user modification is needed.
Computer Repair Vancouver’s Ophcrack tutorial
This procedure requires:
*Note: There is a method to place Ophcrack on a USB key instead of a CD/DVD. Although we will not discuss this method today the information can be found at here. If you have any questions about this method feel free to send an email to Computer Repair Vancouver (our email is located on the right side of the blog).