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Windows 7: SysKey - Set Startup Password to Lock or Unlock Windows


SysKey - Set Startup Password to Lock or Unlock Windows

How to Set a Startup Password to Lock or Unlock Windows
Published by Brink
31 Jul 2012
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How to Set a Startup Password to Lock or Unlock Windows


information   Information
SysKey (SAM Lock Tool) is an in-built Windows utility that can help you secure the Security Accounts Management or SAM database.

This tutorial will show you how to use SysKey to require a password to be entered by users during system startup in XP, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8.

You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

Note   Note
  • A startup password is only entered at system startup at boot.
  • A startup password is not the same as a user account's password entered in the log on screen.
  • After entering the startup password, Windows will then startup to allow a user to login.
warning   Warning
Doing a system restore using a restore point dated before SysKey was set will undo it.




EXAMPLE: Windows Startup
NOTE: This is an example of what you will see at Windows startup if you set a startup password. Windows will not startup until you have entered the startup password.
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Here's How:


1. Press the Windows+R keys to open the Run dialog, type syskey, and click/tap on OK.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes (Windows 7/8) or Continue (Vista).

3. Click/tap on Update. (see screenshot below)
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4. Do step 5 or 6 below for what you would like to do.

5. To Set a Startup Password
A) Select (dot) the Password Startup option, enter a password you want twice, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
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B) If you currently have Windows set to require a USB Startup Key to be connected at system startup, then you will need to connect it now, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
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C) Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
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D) Windows will now require users to enter the startup password at every system startup before Windows will start and users allowed to login to their user accounts.

warning   Warning
It is recommended that you write down this startup password and keep it somewhere safe. Windows will not startup without it being entered.


6. To Remove Startup Password
A) Select (dot) System Generated Password, select (dot) the Store Startup Key Locally option, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
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B) Enter the startup password from step 5A above, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
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C) Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
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D) Windows will now no longer require users to enter the startup password at every system startup.
That's it,
Shawn









31 Jul 2012   #1
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Very nice Brink! So, to be absolutely clear....there is no known 'backdoor' if the password is forgotten?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
31 Jul 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

None that I'm aware of.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Sep 2012   #3
IMAyNeed

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

If you recently set the password; you can restore your system from Recovery Environment if there is any restore points.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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02 Sep 2012   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

Hello IMAyNeed,

Well, that's one way. Added a warning for it. Thank you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Sep 2012   #5
IMAyNeed

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Thank you for the tutorial!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Sep 2012   #6
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Shawn,
With System Repair Disc, can I:
1) edit the regisry in such a manner as to remove this protection
2) access any and all data?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Sep 2012   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10074
 
 

Hello Karl,

I'm sure if there is a will there's a way, but it wouldn't be very easy to do.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Sep 2014   #8
stig01

win7 pro
 
 
THANK YOU

WHAT A LEGEND, works on xp too. regards stig01
My System SpecsSystem Spec
23 Oct 2014   #9
Divinityman

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 
Syskey only working during restart

My custome syskey is only asking for the syskey (SAM) password during a restart, but if I do a full shutdown, it boots into Windows and only asks for my Windows logon password. Any help would be appreciated

Thank You
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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