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USB Key Resets Windows Login Passwords: Fuhgeddaboud IT


There are programs and services that can store your passwords for various websites and type them in for you. But if you set a login password for your computer, you better remember that or you’re screwed. Or you can fund Jonty Lovell’s invention. Lovell came up with a small USB device that can reset the login password of Windows computers.

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Lovell simply calls it the Password Reset Key. It works with computers running Windows NT, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. To use the key, set your computer to boot from USB, plug the device in and restart your computer. You’ll then see a fairly understandable interface, which you can check out at 0:27 in the video below.

Lovell is well aware that his device can be used in unethical ways. Speaking with CNET, Lovell said that his invention is a testament to the “inherent insecurity of the Windows password system.” He even revealed how you can protect yourself from his invention: use disk encryption.

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Lovell is currently raising funds for the Password Reset Key on Kickstarter. A pledge of £8 (~$13 USD) gets you a copy of the software, which you can install on any USB drive. Pledge at least £10 (~$16 USD) and you get a key-shaped 1GB drive with the password reset software pre-installed on it.

[via CNET]

Comments (6):

  1. Cameron says:

    You can reset it in CMD.

  2. Jonty says:

    Thanks for the article. The project is going really well with over 700% funding already.

  3. Atmos42 says:

    This isn’t really new, you can download a Linux based boot tool to go and change passwords for any Windows box. What he seems to be doing is putting a nice interface on it and making it easier to do without having to deal with command prompts.

  4. Lance says:

    I’ve used PCUnlocker Live CD for years. It is more powerful than password reset key.

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