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Windows Key HowTo (Legacy Versions)

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

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 Windows Key on any PC you have access to
3. At the end of the installation process enable the "Run Windows Key" check-box and click the "Finish" button. Windows Key will be launched automatically
4. Create a password reset CD, USB Flash drive or a driver floppy following the instructions below:

Using a Windows Key bootable CD

1. Click the "CD image" link
2. Insert Windows Setup CD and browse for the TXTSETUP.SIF file. The file is usually located in the 'I386' folder of the Windows Setup CD. Click "Next" (Don't have any Windows Setup CD? Request a Windows Key .ISO download)
3. Enter you name and set your own password for the bootable CD (you may set an empty password). Click "Next"
4. WindowsKey.iso file is created
5. Insert a blank CD, specify your burning drive from the list and click "Next"
6. Windows Key password reset CD is ready

What should I do next?
7. Reboot your system with this CD
8. Windows Setup process starts
9. After all the required files are loaded from the bootable CD, Windows Key starts working. It displays your license info and asks to enter the password that you set for the bootable CD
Continue to step 14*

Using a Windows Key bootable USB Flash Drive

1. Click the "USB Flash Drive" link
2. Connect a blank USB Flash Drive. Click "Next"
3. Insert Windows Setup CD and browse for the TXTSETUP.SIF file. Click "Next" (Don't have any Windows Setup CD? Request { /iso-request.htm } a Windows Key .ISO download)
4. Enter you name and set your own password for the bootable USB Flash Drive (you may set an empty password). Click "Next"
5. Windows Key password reset USB Drive is ready

What should I do next?
6. Reboot your system with this USB Drive. To reboot your PC with 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, press "Enter" on the "Hard Drive" option and press "F6" to move the "USB Drive" device up. After all the changes are set please press "F10" to exit and save the settings
7. Windows Setup process starts
8. After all the required files are loaded from the USB Drive, Windows Key starts working. It displays your license info and asks to enter the password that you set for the bootable USB Flash Drive
Continue to step 14*

Using a Windows Key driver floppy

1. Click the "driver floppy" link
2. Insert a blank floppy into the floppy drive and click "Next"
3. Enter you name and set your own password for the driver floppy (you may set an empty password). Click "Next"
4. Windows Key creates three files on the floppy: winkey.sys, winkey.inf and textsetup.oem. The driver floppy is ready What should I do next?
5. Insert Windows Setup CD or bootable floppy and reboot your PC
6. Windows Setup blue screen appears
7. Press "F6" when Windows Setup prompts for additional drivers at the bottom line of the blue screen
8. Windows Setup continues loading required files from the bootable CD or floppies
9. Windows Setup prompts you to press "S" to specify additional drivers. Press "S" and insert the Windows Key driver floppy
10. Press "Enter" to specify the "Windows Key" driver
11. Windows Setup loads the files from the floppy drive
12. Windows Setup continues loading the files from the Setup CD or prompts you to continue with the rest of the bootable floppies
13. After all the required files are loaded from the Setup CD or bootable floppies, Windows Key starts working. It displays your license info and asks to enter the password that you set for the driver floppy
Continue to step 14*

Boot Mode

14. Please enter the password that you have set for the Windows Key bootable media
15. Select the Windows installation to be unlocked
16. Windows Key asks: "Undo Windows Key changes? (Y/N)". Press "N" if you want to reset the password or "Y" if you want to leave the original passwords and cancel the program changes
17. Select the account to reset the password for
18. Windows Key asks: "Reset 'account_name' password? (Y/N)". Press "Y" to reset the password or "N" to leave the original password
19. Windows Key asks: "Reset password for another account? (Y/N)". Press "Y" to reset password for another account or "N" to quit Windows Key
20. Remove the Windows Key bootable media and restart your PC.

 
 
 
     
   
     
   
     
   
     
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