1. You should be running linux, it's far superior, but we're not going to get into that today. 2. You need to make sure you're using the entire filepath, or that the password file is in the same folder as the executable program. Windows is really finicky with this. The entire filepath starts with C:\\ , make sure that's the one you're using. You can find it by navigating to the folder where the wordlist is and clicking where it shows you the folder you're in in File explorer.