How do I remove the System Key functionality of Service Pack 3?

A. As stated in the previous FAQ there is not a simple remove function however if you restore the SAM from an ERD that was taken before the system key was enabled, it will remove this feature from the system.

  1. Boot off of the NT installation disks
  2. After disk 2 press R for repair
  3. Deselect everything except "Inspect registry files" and select continue
  4. Continue as per normal, inserting disk 3 and then the ERD (the one created before syskey was run)
  5. Once completed reboot and you should no longer have the system key in use

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