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How to disable Syskey protect

By trackme ·
hi all,
i have installed windows2000advanced server.I have somehow medlled with the system such that i have enabled syskey protect .when i updated the password in that option it says that the database have been succesfully updated .when i try to restore to the previous setup it is asking for the password.when i gave the changed password ,it says that the givenm password doesnt match. My problem is that because of this when i try to open the windows 2000 server during startup it says that thismachine has been protected with startup password ,plz supply password ,when i have given all my passwords it is not accepting and it is restarting .i have given only the correct password which i have typed in the syskey enabling. how can i again loginto my machine Plz help as all my work has been pending .Also tell me options for again getting into my machine without formating it .
regards Anantha krishnan

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How to disable Syskey protect

by maxwell edison In reply to How to disable Syskey pro ...

I'd refer you to Microsoft article Q143475 titled, "Windows NT System Key Permits Strong Encryption of the SAM".

It states (among other things), "In Windows 2000 and later operating systems, Syskey is enabled automatically, and may not be disabled. The only option available for modification is to move the startup key to a floppy disk rather than using local storage."

It also states, "Changing the System Key requires knowledge of, or possession of, the current System Key."

The whole article may be found at this link:;EN-US;q143475

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