Create a Bootable USB Ophcrack in Windows

Create a Bootable USB Ophcrack from Windows. Ophcrack is an open source Windows password recovery utility that uses rainbow tables to find passwords. It can be run from Windows, Linux or Live CD. The following tutorial explains how to install and boot Ophcrack from a portable USB device. Since the Live CD version (running from a SLAX now  SliTaz core) is already available, creating USB Ophcrack is similar to converting any other Live Linux CD to USB and now they even offer their own tazusb.exe installer.

Bootable USB Ophcrack

Ophcrack Bootable USB Creation using Windows

Distribution Home Page: Ophcrack Home Page

Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: 512MB

Persistent Feature: No – Doesn't need to be

Tools used to create USB Ophcrack

  • Windows Computer (Windows XP is used here)
  • 512 MB or larger portable device (USB stick)
  • Ophcrack XP or Vista Live CD and tazusb.exe

Creating bootable USB Ophcrack

Note: Use our updated Ophcrack Bootable USB creation tutorial instead. It explains how to add all of the Windows Tables to your Ophcrack install, so you will only need one Flash Drive installation to recover Windows XP , Vista or 7 passwords.

  1. Download a Ophcrack Vista or XP Live CD ISO
  2. Insert your USB Flash Drive
  3. Download and run tazusb.exe then follow the onscreen instructions
  4. Reboot your PC and set your BIOS boot menu to boot from the USB device

If all goes well, you should be booting from the USB stick into a mini SLAX environment. Ophcrack is launched automatically after boot.