PC Login Now used to be a great Windows password recovery tool.
You can download the ISO file from here.
I say ‘used to’ because there are quite a few downsides to using the latest versions.
But let’s talk about the plus points first.
PC Login Now is definitely one of the fastest password cracking applications around.
It works very similar to ONTP&RE but it’s much simpler for novices to use.
A few clicks is all it takes to get into a locked PC.
Another benefit is that you won’t need to remember anything about your old password.
The best part is that the same software works for different Windows versions.
On the other hand, there are several disadvantages to using PC Login Now.
How to using PC Login Now.
First of all the utility is no longer free and as it used to be.
You can still find some older versions but they’re just trial versions so you can’t use them to their fullest extent.
The application also does not support Windows 10 or even Windows 8 so it won’t work on PCs running those Windows OS versions.
Even if they did work and it would only be for local accounts.
Moreover Windows has been known to detect hard drive issues when the password reset process is being execute.
Also read : How to make login property now .
So what are the alternatives to PC Login Now?
Let’s look at two options that work equally well or even better.
PC Login Now Alternative 1: Ophcrack Windows Password Cracker
This is a favorite for a lot of users because it is quite versatile.
You have to execute several steps and but the recovery rate is pretty good and your password will be display at the end of the process.
Ophcrack hasn’t been fully teste and rate for Windows 10 and but some users manage to retrieve.
the occasional password. It’s more luck than anything else and but it should work fine for older versions of Windows.
We’ll show you the steps required to get and use Ophcrack to get into your PC.
But since you can not access your system at the moment and do the first steps on another computer.
Step 1: Head to the official Ophcrack download page here and click on the Ophcrack Live CD option.
You will see a new page with different versions of the download.
Step 2 : Select the appropriate version.
There’s a version just for XP but anything higher and until Windows 8 will require the Vista/7 LiveCD version.
Click on the chosen option and the download will begin.
The downloade file is basically an ISO image file that needs to burn onto a USB drive or a CD.
Do not open the ISO file. Just save it to your desktop for now.
Step 3 : Your ISO file needs to burned correctly to a disk or drive.
It’s not the same as copying and pasting a file and even burning media to a disk.
You will need a special application like Free ISO Burner for the purpose.
Burn the file to the desired storage using the ISO burning utility suggested and one of your own choosing.
Process PC .
Step 4 : Now take the storage medium and insert it in your locked PC and boot up the computer.
After the initial boot process, you will see the Ophcrack Live CD Menu appear on your screen.
Select the option that says “Ophcrack graphic mode automatic”.
It will be selecte by default so just click on it and leave the countdown to run down on its own and start the process.
Step 5 : You will see several processes being execute but don’t do anything at this point.
Just wait for Ophcrack to do its work.
When it’s done you’ll see a windows popup with the user accounts and other data.
Look under the NT Pwd column against the locked user account and you will see your password displayed. Note it down.
Step 6 : The final step is to remove the disk or drive and restart the PC.
after which you should be able to get into your lock user account with the password you note down.