Article: How to recover MS Word 2007 password?

Introduction.

Microsoft Office 2007 comes with significantly improved security features. Passwords to open Word 2007 documents are extremely hard to break. Only two basic methods of password breaking can be used: dictionary search and brute force attack. Dictionary search is very quick, but it doesn't help much if your password was created artificially (i.e. it is not a word, but a random combination of letters, numbers and other symbols). Brute force attack is a method that tries all possible combinations of specified symbols, starting from very short sequences (one symbol, two symbols, three symbols etc.). If the forgotten password contained less then six symbols, it can be recovered quickly. With longer passwords, a password recovery tool can take pretty much time.

We will take a look at a program designed specially to break MS Word 2007 passwords, Word 2007 Password from LastBit Corp.

Step 1: Download and install the program.

Download Word 2007 Password to a known folder on your computer. Run the downloaded setup package and follow on-screen instructions to install it.

Step 2: Start the program. Select a password-protected Word 2007 document.

Launch Word 2007 Password. The program shows a welcome window:

Word 2007 Password

Click the large key to start breaking Word 2007 password (highlighted on the screenshot).

The program will show some information about Word 2007 password recovery.

Password recovery information

Click "Start Recovery" on the top.

This will invoke a usual "Open" dialog. Browse and select some password-protected MS Word 2007 document.

Open a MS Word 2007 document

Click "Open" to start recovery.

Step 3: Choose password recovery mode. Recover password to your Word 2007 document.

As next, Word 2007 Password offers to choose between different password recovery modes. You can select automatic, user-defined (for specific options, like symbol sets etc.), or LastBit Office 2007 Password Recovery Service. The latter is a paid online service, it will use all capabilities of a powerful data center to recover your password as quick as possible.

Choose password recovery method

For now, we select the automatic mode. Click "Next" to proceed.

The program will perform a dictionary search. You can download additional dictionaries, or simply use the default one:

Select a dictionary for dictionary search

It is recommended to download advanced dictionaries, as it can greatly reduce time needed to break the password. Additional dictionaries are free.

Click "OK" to start probing for passwords.

Breaking Word 2007 password

If a dictionary search failed, the program starts using the brute force attack method. It can take a while. Minimize the application to tray and let it work in the background.

A short password can be broken within a few seconds or minutes even on a home computer. But complex and long passwords may require several months, or even years of probing. Unfortunately, even powerful data centers cannot guarantee any success, because of strong and mathematically proven algorithms used for encryption.

However, if you didn't use long and complex password, the program may be able to recover it in a reasonable time.

Password has been found

Good luck!

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