Reset SysKey After Technical Support Scam

June 15, 2017

One of your clients was scammed with the syskey password? Are you a victim of a “Microsoft Technical Support” Scam with syskey? SysKey is the built-in tool in Windows that can secure the Security Accounts Management (SAM), but it is used by scammers to lock victims out of their own computers.

In this tutorial we’ll show you a workaround to remove Syskey (Startup Password) from your Windows PC.

How to Reset SysKey After Technical Support Scam?

  1. Boot your computer from Windows installation media. When you see the Setup screen, press the Shift + F10 keys to open a Command Prompt.

  2. At the Command Prompt, run these commands to back up the registry hives and save them in a temporary directory, such as C:\regbackup.

    mkdir C:\regbackup
    xcopy C:\Windows\System32\Config C:\regbackup /y

  3. Next, run the following commands to copy all registry hives from the RegBack folder into the C:\Windows\System32\Config folder.

    xcopy C:\Windows\System32\Config\RegBack C:\Windows\System32\Config /y

  4. Quit Windows Setup and reboot your computer. You’ve successfully removed SysKey from your PC and Windows will boot normally to the login screen. That’s it!

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