Forgot your password? Obtained an old computer that was password-protected?
This simple, innocent looking USB drive will erase any Windows password, allowing you full access to an account. And best of all, it is 100% free! (assuming you already have an old flash drive)

Note: This Instructable is designed for password recovery only. The author is not promoting or responsible for the consequences of usage for other non-legitimate reasons. 
Also note: The software is provided by this website. I did not write this software. Use at your own risk. This is my first instructable, and I will do the best job I can. Constructive feedback is appreciated.

Step 1: What You Will Need

Material-wise, this is not complex, and you should not have a problem getting all of these things.
1. USB storage device (Size is not an issue, the files are less than 4 megabytes)
2. Windows computer with USB ports and internet access.
3. Administrative privileges. (Needed to make the USB drive bootable)

This is designed and works only for Windows. I have only tested it on Windows 7, but Windows 2000 or later should work just fine. Linux users, be happy that your operating system is more secure.
<p>I tried to download the data to my USB drive from <a href="http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/cd100627.zip" rel="nofollow">http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/cd100627.zip </a> and got a 404 Error, Page not Found.</p><p>Help??</p>
Unless you wrote this software yourself, you are a script kiddie.
If you had actually read the Instructable, you would know that I did not write the software. As for being a script kiddie, all I can do is point to what I clearly and concisely stated on the first step:<br><br>&quot;Note: This Instructable is designed for password recovery only. The author is not responsible for the consequences of usage for other non-legit reasons.&quot;<br><br>This is not a tool for hacking into other people's computers. (There are much better tools for that.) It is a password recovery tool. Apparently I did not do a good enough job of making that clear.
*Puts foot in mouth* You are right. You did. I will go hang myself now.
It's all good. My title was misleading anyway, I just wanted a title that would excite people. I probably should have chose something different.
Also, I like your username. I have used my username for years and have yet to see anyone with the same name =D. Yours seems rather unique too. If you didn't already have it, I would use it. Are you in the security field? I have my degree in CS with a focus in security. If you would ever like to learn more about security (assuming you don't already know a lot), I would be happy to share my knowledge =D.
Do you like HiPoweredHacker?
I also doing the same. System Boot from USB and take control to the login page... Middle step as you mentioned &quot;Numbering will appear&quot; is not appearing and control goes directly to the login page. Remember! No Issue BIOS and Boot from USB First.
Some computer can not use this method that mine also can work with it. <br>Finally I use a password tool calls &quot;windows password rescuer&quot;,it also run form CD/USB drive,it is small just around 35 M. <br>Google for the name can find the instructions.
I'm sorry, I'm having a hard time understanding your problem. What motherboard do you have? Maybe I can give you some more detailed instructions.
it said &quot;error:failed to copy registry files&quot;
and i can't see the list of users either--can you please help me?
Try recopying the files to the USB drive.
'syslinux.exe' is not recognized as a command. I am using windows 7, does that have do do with anything?
Hmm. Make sure you're running cmd.exe as an administrator.
USB got boot able but no numbering appears as i bootup the system and windows runs fine and take to the logon page... As the mentioned the steps... They do not appear.
yea, and the best part is, now i have the actual administrator account at my fingertips!!!
Maybe I should get a Linux os soon, any ideas on a specific Linux?(I am NOT however get DVL, that would defeat the purpose)
Gentoo if you have experience and want speed/customization, Ubuntu if you've never used Linux before. Those are the two I have the most experience with, but other popular distributions include Debian, Mint, Fedora, OpenSUSE, Mandriva, and Slackware.
This is getting way off topic, but this needs a reply.<br><br>If you're a Linux noob, _don't_ get Gentoo. Even for an experienced Linux user it is just about the most difficult version to install and depending on hardware, can literally take days. At the moment I wouldn't go for Ubuntu either. The latest version (11.04) comes with a brand new desktop called Unity, which is unlike any desktop you have ever used. <br><br>My choice for new Linux users would be Mint 11 (not the Mint Debian version). Very simple install, easy menu and navigation and it will install most of what the average user would need, such as an office suite (libreoffice), powerful image editor (Gimp), multimedia creation and playback etc. <br><br>
This is better advice than mine. Thank you!
Great Thanks!
I run Windows 7 (x64 Bit) <br> <br>Wow. It's nice, but I ran into some trouble. I first unlocked the administrator account and explored that for a little bit. Then, when I rebooted, I changed MY password, and found for some reason I couldn't log in. I was getting worried so I just cleared the password the next time. And when that didn't work, I went into Administrator Control Panel for User Accounts, and changed my password, and EVERYTHING IS FINE HAHAHAHAHA. <br>But this is really ingenious, I feel like a kind-of n00by haxxor!! Thanks
Glad you enjoyed it. I'm not sure why that happened, though. You figured it out though, so no worries.
just wondering, would my usb still be able to work as a memory stick, even if I do this to it?
when i type syslinux.exe -m m: it says syslinux.exe -m m: is not reconised as a internal or external command, operable program or batch file
Type <strong>syslinux.exe -ma m:</strong>
i typed this multiple times, even copy and pasted but i still got the same error message as @Gold_Wolf <br>
thanks so i did that and it said accessing physical drive: access denied. did not successfully update the MBR; continuing...
Run the command prompt as an administrator. (Right click, &quot;Run as administrator&quot;)
hi which type of software is recomended for facebook password stealing
Facebook password stealing is illegal. To recover YOUR password you can use a bunch of different things, including brutus, elcomsoft facebook password crack for you own computer, and a many other things. You should search Back Track.
SS, if you are trying to steal a facebook password from somebody, then nobody on this site will help you. That is a breach of security, an illegal act.<br> <br> Instructables is not a site for criminals. It was not, is not, and hopefully won't be anytime soon. Instructablers are very careful about maintaining a good image for the site. It is comments like these that corrupt that image and risk getting the site taken down. You may think this is a remote possibility; It very well may be. But that's a gamble I'm <em>not</em> game to take on.<br> <br> Your intentional may have been entirely innocent in posting the comment. But don't think for one second you can get help in breaking the law from instructables. It won't happen.<br> <br> I hope that if you really intended to steal someone's password that you have since thought critically about that choice. Hacking is not a child's game. It is not a harmless and playful activity that you can teach yourself without consequences. It is, however, taken very seriously by those who make the laws and those who enforce them.<br> <br> -Y<br>
I agree. This has got to be the dumbest posting I've seen. The one's trying this are in for allot of trouble. Minimum is YOUR FIRED to Prison Time. You don't think that will happen? Just try it; I seen it happen.. Look up computer crimes laws for your state.<br>Also goes for another post about installing keylogger's or any other malware..<br>I don't need anything like this to access windows password or reset a cmos password....
I am assuming you are doing this for legit reasons. The best way to do it is to put a keylogger on the victim's computer. It will record the username and password when they log in.
Well that will be sort of difficult if your like me and just click the &quot;keep me logged in&quot; box, but you could make a &quot;virus&quot; along with the keylogger that will delete the history and cookies.... that what i did, my friend hacked my facebook and put some stuff on there that wasnt true, soooo i got him back pretty nicely :)
the use of the words stealing, victim and virus does not suggest legit reasons
Im using windows xp and the format options are fat32 and exfat so i picked fat 32 <br>and then i put the files like you said and everything and when i tried to boot off of it is said missing operation file whats wrong.
Try using <a href="http://files.extremeoverclocking.com/file.php?f=197">this</a> tool to format the drive as FAT.
and when i put this in syslinux.exe -ma m: with m for my usb drive (e) and it says usage something whats wrong with this too<br>
dude i tried this everything worked like it is mentioned here but there is one error it shows after step 3 shows<br>device not accepting address 1, error 110<br> new high speed usb device using ehci_hcd using address 1 <br><br><br>pls pls pls reply as fast as u can i forgot my new netbook password
Ok. Error 110 means that windows is &quot;Unable to open the device&quot;. For some reason, your computer is rejecting the USB stick (It's unable to give it an address). Try it on another computer. It could just be a bad drive. Also, try plugging another stick into the same USB port that gave you the error. It could be as simple as a driver screw up or it could be hardware related. <br><br>Let us know
I haven't seen that error before. The first thing I'd recommend is just trying it again. If that doesn't work, try recopying all the files to the flash drive. If that too does not work, try something else like <a href="http://ophcrack.sourceforge.net/">Ophcrack</a>.
i tired it again and tried copying all file again still the same error <br>have u tried that on Windows 7 Professional ???
I haven't tried it on Win7 Pro, but I have successfully used it on Win7 Ultimate, and I don't know why it wouldn't work on Win7 Pro.
hey i didnt get this step in windows 7 what to do<br>
Great stuff! If I recall correctly, when you clear the password like this, if the user's Document and Settings are encrypted, you will not be able to access them.
Will fat32 work???
I don't know, but trying it certainly won't hurt.
I din get this step. I wana know what to do in XP with this step?

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