Five password recovery tools to use in a pinch

Five password recovery tools to use in a pinch

Summary: When you've lost a critical password for a system you administer, one of these tools may save the day.

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  • Windows Key can reset your Windows password for you. This is different from the other tools, in that it doesn't recover a list of user passwords or even recover from a file. Windows Key creates a bootable CD (or USB device) you can use to boot the machine and recover the password.

  • Windows Key is simple to use, and it can reset both local (standard version) and domain admin account (Enterprise edition only) passwords. It promises a 100% recovery rate. Although Windows Key has a free trial, you'll have to pony up for the full version (Standard $39.00 USD, Enterprise $295.00 USD) before you can really recover any passwords.

  • Windows Password Unlocker also creates a USB or CD that can then be booted to recover passwords.

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