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This solutionwill work if you have forgotten your Windows password. It will not work if youhave forgotten your boot password or hard drive password etc.

Read on if you want to use a USB flash drive. Scroll down if you would ratherburn a CD/DVD.

USB Flash Drive Method
You need to download a Windows passwordcracker, put it on a flash drive, and boot it outside of the Windowsenvironment. This solution will show you how to do that.

1. Download the Ophcrack Windows password cracker from here. For Windows7, click on the ophcrack Vista LiveCD.Ophcrack is one of the best free Windows password recovery tools available.It's fast and easy even for a first time Windows password cracker. Save file toDesktop.

2. Download Xboot 1.0.0.0 Beta 6 here. Savefile to Desktop. Unzip file and extract to Desktop.

3. Plug a USB flash drive into your PC and format it with a FAT32 filesystem. This can be done by opening "My Computer" and right clickingon the USB flash drive and selecting Format. Select FAT32 and click OK. (Note:this will erase all data on your flash drive.)

4. Open Xboot.exe. Select the Ophcrack ISO file you downloaded and drag it ontothe Xboot screen.

5. Click on "Create USB" found in the bottom right hand corner of theXboot window.

6. Select your USB drive and click OK. Wait for your USB flash drive to becreated.

7. Restart computer and press F10 or appropriate function key for your computerto enter the temporary boot menu. It may be F12 or F9 etc. Look at the firstscreen that appears when you turn on the computer and you will see which key topress. You also could enter the BIOS and change the boot order if you wouldprefer that method.

8. Select USB Flash Drivefrom the boot menu.

9. The Ophcrack LiveCD will now boot. Hit enter to select the Graphic Modeoption when it appears.

10. Ophcrack will automatically begin cracking your passwords. The longer andmore complicated the password is the longer it will take to crack. 99% ofpasswords are crackable. Any password over 14 characters cannot be cracked.This program found my 8 character password which contains letters and numbersin less than 10 minutes.

11. Write down your password when it's cracked. Remove the USB drive andrestart computer.

Good luck and thanks for using FixYa.



Burn a CD/DVD Method
You need to download a Windows password cracker, burn it to a CD/DVD,and boot it outside of the Windows environment. This solution will show you howto do that.

1. Download the Ophcrack Windows password cracker from here. For Windows 7, click on the ophcrack Vista LiveCD. Ophcrack is one of the best free Windowspassword recovery tools available. It's fast and easy even for a first time Windowspassword cracker. Save file to Desktop.

2. Burn the Ophcrack LiveCD ISO file to a CD/DVD using the Windows 7Disk Image Burner or another burning program. For Windows 7 users, pleasefollow steps 2a and 2b. If you are using Vistaor XP you will need to use a CD/DVD burning program already installed ordownload and install a free program such as the one here.
2a. Right click on the ISO file and select "Open with" and thenselect Windows Disk Image Burner or another CD/DVD burning program.
2b. Put a CD-R or DVD-R into the DVD/CD drive and select Burn. Wait for theburning process to finish.

3. Restart computer and press F10 or appropriate function key for your computerto enter the temporary boot menu. It may be F12 or F9 etc. Look at the firstscreen that appears when you turn on the computer and you will see which key topress. You also could enter the BIOS and change the boot order if you wouldprefer that method. Many computersalready have the CD/DVD drive as the first boot drive so you may not have to dothis step.

4. Select CD/DVD from the boot menu.

5. The Ophcrack LiveCD will now boot. Hit enter to select the Graphic Modeoption when it appears.

6. Ophcrack will automatically begin cracking your passwords. The longer andmore complicated the password is the longer it will take to crack. 99% ofpasswords are crackable. Any password over 14 characters cannot be cracked.This program found my 8 character password which contains letters and numbersin less than 10 minutes.

7. Write down your password when it's cracked. Remove the CD/DVD and restartcomputer.

Good luck and thanks for using FixYa.

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