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BackTrack 5 Cookbook by David De Smet, Willie Pritchett

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Retrieving a Windows password

In this recipe, we will explore a process to retrieve a Windows password using Ophcrack. Ophcrack is one of the best tools available to recover lost Windows passwords. The program uses rainbow tables to apply brute force to Windows 7, Vista, and XP passwords.

Getting ready

The following requirements need to be fulfilled:

  • A Windows computer to which you have physical access
  • BackTrack 5 loaded on a USB drive or a CD/DVD
  • An additional USB drive to use as an extra hard drive

How to do it...

Let's begin by downloading a rainbow table fro

  1. web browser and navigate to http://ophcrack.sourceforge.net/tables.php.
  2. Select your desired file and download it. It is a good idea, if you have the space, to download each of them now because ...

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