Recover Data Like a Forensics Expert Using an Ubuntu Live CD
Physical access to a system makes it that much easier for bad agents. In this scenario You have access to the win 7 box. You inserted a live CD of Kali and dumped the hash. Your challenge is to crack the hash to get the password.
If you're looking for a Windows replacement and don't want to spend the extra bucks on a Apple computer, Linux is an excellent choice. And you can try out Linux using what's called a Linux Live CD. Looks and feels just like Windows XP.