How to Use Cain & Able for Windows Password Recovery

by Muhammad Irfan Raza
Published: Last Updated on
How to Recover Windows Password

Hello hackers and geeks, how are you all doing? Every hacker or computer expert wished to crack or take a peek on someone else’s computer without their acknowledgment at least in their lifetime. The best way to crack Windows computer password is by using a Windows password recovery tool, and in this tutorial, I will be using Cain & Abel one of the best and free Windows password reset tool to recover Windows password. This tutorial is also useful for those who forgot their Windows logon password and wants to recover it.

What is Cain & Abel?

It is a reliable and efficient Windows password recovery tool that can entirely poison the system by center attacking in the whole network of your computer to retrieve the logon password. It uses several powerful algorithms to crack Windows passwords such as Brute-force attack, dictionary attack, recording VoIP discussion, recouping remote system keys, exposing reserved passwords and investigating the sub-systems of your Windows operating system files and folders.

Top features of Cain & Abel

  • Crack any Windows version passwords such as Windows 95. 98, 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7.
  • Crack dial-up passwords.
  • Remotely edit registry entries.
  • The secret key and a reserved password cracker.
  • Decode encrypted files.
  • Cryptanalysis is available.
  • System key decoder.

Requirements to crack Windows password with Cain & Abel

  • At least 100 MB hard disk space.
  • A separate computer with Windows installed in it.
  • A blank thumb drive with at least 500 MB space.
  • Winpcap packer driver installed on the distinct computer.
Pros Cons
Free and open source tool. Complex password reset tool.
Can quickly crack simple passwords Doesn’t work with Windows 8 and 10.
Works with Windows 95/98/2000/XP/Vista and Windows 7 Not compatible with 64 bits systems

How to Crack Windows password with Cain & Abel?

Cain & Abel is quite old and requires particular instruction to follow before you can crack the password of your Windows computer. So keenly follow the below step-by-step guide to crack Windows logon password.

Step 1. Download the Cain & Abel file from the official website and unpack the zipped file to extract the ISO image file from it. You need a different Windows computer for this step since your computer is presently locked.

Step 2. Insert the thumb drive to PC and burn the ISO image file to create a bootable disk.

Step 3. Plug the bootable USB on your locked computer and reboot the PC. Cain & Abel graphical user interface should be loaded on the startup screen.

Step 4. Right on the Cain icon from the desktop and click on “Run as Administrator” to see its primary user interface.

Step 5. Click on “Cracker” and select “Sys Decoder.” A new pop up window will appear where you will have to locate the partition drive in which you have installed the Windows operating system.

Step 6. All the user profiles linked with your PC will now appear on the software screen. Right-click on your user account then select “Brute-force Attack” followed by “NTML Hashes.

The program will now thoroughly scan the entire system and will try to crack your password quickly. Please note that it may take several minutes depending on the length and strength of your password. Once, the password is broken, it will show up on the screen, and then you can use the password to logon to your PC again.


Resetting Windows password is extremely easy these days if you have access to the right Windows password recovery programs. In this tutorial, we have demonstrated what Cain & Abel is and how to use it properly. Please note that password recovery with this password cracker is not 100% guaranteed but at least it is free so you can give it a shot. Rest assured that it won’t erase any data on your PC.

Hopefully, you guys found this guide useful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and colleagues.

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