Update: New Images of the USB Keys
What Is It?
Have you even booted up your PC only to find that you can't remember the password to logon? Maybe you have bought a PC from EBay but the seller forgot to tell you the password. Or maybe you are helping to fix a friends PC and they cannot remember the administrator password they set when they first bought it. Enter the Password reset Key.
Using the key you can boot the PC into a special admin mode that allows you to view all of the user accounts and reset any password. Quickly regain control of the PC and get back to work.
While other utilities exist to help with this activity they are often complex to setup, require technical knowledge to use and need a working computer with an internet connection before you can get started.
The Password Reset Key can be attached to your key ring so you never need to worry about losing access again. The Password Reset Key has been tested with a wide range of PCs that support booting from USB. The following operating systems are supported for password reset:
·Windows NT 4
Some viruses make changes to your system to prevent access. Use the Password Reset Key and you anti-virus scanner to regain access and clean up after an infection.
From the video above you can see that the Password Reset Key can reset a password in less than 60 seconds. It’s simple to use, easy to carry and works with all current versions of Windows.
How It Works
The Password Reset Tool is a USB Skeleton Key for any Windows computer. Simply turn off the computer, plug in the key and turn it back on again. On some machines you may need to press a button such as Del, F10 or F12 to access a start-up menu. From here you will be able to select to "Boot from USB". Once the Password reset Tool appears simply follow the instructions below:
The tool automatically scans all local disks for a copy of Windows. This will often NOT be the C: disk. Select the Windows installation (on a normal system there will usually only be one.)
A list of users will appear in the box. Click on the name of the user whose password you would like to reset.
Click the Reset Password button to remove the password for that user. A dialog will appear to confirm that both the LanMan and NTLM password hashes have been blanked.
On some systems there are additional security features that will reset the password back to a value during boot up. In this case a user account can be cloned. A cloned user is identical to the original user except for the username and password. Therefore the same profile is used on the file system and the same group memberships apply.
After clicking the Clone User button enter a new name for the cloned user.
The cloned user will now appear in the list of users.
You will need to reset the password of the cloned user as it will have copied the password of the original user.
For any user on the system you can view additional information by clicking the User Info button.
What Is Left To Do?
While an image has been created that allows duplication of the key onto blanks there is still the challenge of creating a universal installer that will allow people to create a Password Reset Key on their own USB thumb drives. In order to support multiple hardware types and disk sizes an imaging approach is not sufficient. With your funding additional development will be undertaken to create a universal installer that will transfer the software to your own key and write the necessary bootloader code to the disk to allow it to boot. This will be non-destructive so you will be able to write this to a key that already contains data (although we still strongly recommend that you make a backup before attempting something like this.)
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Risks and challenges
The software has been extensively tested and works with all current Windows systems. The challenge now is to do the first production run. With your support we can fund an initial run and create the first set of production keys. We will also develop the universal installer that will allow you to create your own Password Reset Key using your own hardware.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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