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Windows Key HowTo (XP/2003 Setup CD)

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NOTE: To see HowTo for the previous versions of Windows Key (8.5 and lower), please click here.

Below are the steps to reset Windows account password using Windows Key. The overall steps are:

  • Create a password reset CD/USB image and burn it on a disk;
  • Reset the password with the CD or USB disk.

1. Download a free demo version of Windows Key (to reset a 'Demo12345' password for a trial) or buy an instant download online (to reset an unknown password).
2. Run the downloaded file to install Windows Key. You can install it on any PC you have access to, not necessarily on a computer you wish to unlock.
3. At the end of the installation process enable the 'Run Passware Kit' check-box and click the 'Finish' button. Passware Kit with the Windows Key module will be launched automatically.

Creating a Password Reset CD Image / USB Disk

1. On the Start Page click 'Reset Windows Administrator Password'.
2. Insert your Windows XP/2003 Setup CD and browse for the TXTSETUP.SIF file. The file is usually located in the 'I386' folder of the Windows Setup CD.

  • The 'Make password reset image from' field should contain the location of the TXTSETUP.SIF file;
  • You can protect the Windows Key password reset media with a password by enabling the 'Set a password on the Windows Password Reset CD/USB disk' check-box and typing your own password in the field;
  • Check 'Add drivers for SCSI/RAID hard drives', if you need to reset a Windows password for a SCSI/RAID/IDE hard drive. The field 'Copy drivers from' should contain the location of the additional drivers for your hard drive. These drivers should be listed in the 'Pick up the drivers for your hard drive' field. For example, drivers for Intel hard drives can be downloaded at the manufacturer's site.
3. Click 'Next'.

NOTE: If you do not have a Windows Setup CD, you can request a Windows Key ISO download.

4. Choose what password reset device to create:
  • Select 'CD/DVD' if you want to make a password reset CD or DVD disk;
  • Select 'USB flash' if you want to make a password reset USB flash drive.
5. Specify the CD or USB burning drive from the pull-down list of the CD/DVD or USB flash options.
6. Click 'Next'.

NOTE: To create a Windows password reset CD, a CD-ROM drive capable of burning is required.

7. The burning process starts. Passware Kit copies the necessary files from the Windows Setup CD into the ISO image file.
8. After Passware Kit creates a password reset ISO image, it prompts you to insert a blank CD/DVD disk into the CD-ROM drive, so that it could burn the image on this disk. Insert a blank CD/DVD disk into the CD-ROM drive. Click 'Yes'.
9. The password reset disk is now ready.

Resetting the Password

1. Reboot your system with this CD or USB disk.

NOTE: To reboot your PC with a USB Flash Drive you may need to set the following options for the BIOS Setup Utility: after rebooting your PC please press 'Del' or 'F2' to run BIOS Setup Utility, go to the 'Boot' section and press 'F6' to move the 'Hard Drive' device up, then press 'Enter' on the 'Hard Drive' option and press 'F6' to move the 'USB Drive' device up. After all the changes are set press 'F10' to exit and save the settings.

2. Windows Setup process starts.
3. After all the required files are loaded from the CD or USB Drive, Windows Key starts working. It displays your license information.
4. Select the Windows installation to be unlocked.
5. Windows Key asks: 'Undo Windows Key changes? (Y/N)'. Type 'N' if you want to reset the password, or 'Y' if you want to leave the original passwords and cancel the program changes.
6. Select the account for which you want to reset the password.
7. Windows Key asks: 'Reset Administrator password? (Y/N)'. Type 'Y' to reset the password, or 'N' to leave the original password.
8. Windows Key asks: 'Reset password for another account? (Y/N)'. Type 'Y' to reset password for another account, or 'N' if you are finished and want to exit.
9. Remove the Windows Key bootable CD or USB disk and restart your PC.

Now you are able to log into your computer without a password!

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