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
Distribution Home Page: http://ophcrack.sourceforge.net
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 USB Install tutorial instead, which explains how to add the Vista Tables to your Ophcrack XP install, so you only need one install to recover XP or Vista passwords.
- Download a Ophcrack Vista or XP Live CD ISO
- Insert your USB Flash Drive
- Download and run tazusb.exe then follow the onscreen instructions
- 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.