Create an USB key to lock and unlock Windows 7 to enhance security via The Customize Windows Blog

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It is possible to lock down  with a USB key, so that no one can start  without having this USB pen drive or thumb drive. The principle of this tutorial stands on the database security accounts manager (SAM Security Accounts Manager). This database Data is encrypted with a key system and stored locally.

You can use the utility SysKey to further secure the SAM database by storing the encryption key for this database outside of the computer.

If you store this database on a USB key at every system startup, Windows will ask you to insert the USB key, and without this key can not boot into Windows 7.

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