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I have a second hand business computer that has deep freeze enterprise, and I do not know the password nor access to the OTP.

I've looked around and have found instructions for the standard version, of which the steps do not work.

So is there a way to remove deep freeze enterprise manually without the password or without installing a fresh Windows? I can make permanent changes to the Windows OS using Kali's file explorer and the registry with chntpw, if that helps.

Ways I've tried

  • chntpw rdel HKLM/Software/Wow3264Node/Faronics
  • Deleted C:/Program Files/Faronics
  • Result: nothing. Deep freeze still in effect

  • chntpw rdel HKLM/System/ControlSet001 (& 002)/DeepFrz (& DFServ)

  • Result: flash of BSOD on Windows startup, restarts and repeats process

Registry restored at this point. What to do?

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    You'll need the password. The software has been designed and improved over the years to react to penetration attempts.
    – Kinnectus
    Dec 29, 2014 at 22:25
  • You can always extract the product key with some tool. If you are authorized.
    – Daniel B
    Dec 29, 2014 at 22:39
  • @DanielB I can be authorized, making myself an administrator - So how would the product key?
    – MrU
    Dec 30, 2014 at 1:06
  • Authorized as in licensee. The product key helps you reinstall Windows. This software is designed to resist unauthorized removal. Much like malware. And guess what’s the recommended course of action for malware? That’s right, reinstall everything.
    – Daniel B
    Dec 30, 2014 at 17:30
  • reading everything... It looks like there is no way instead of a reinstall. Wow. Faronics is a tough program. probably toughest I've ever seen.
    – MrU
    Dec 31, 2014 at 1:12

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The quickest way is to do a fresh Windows installation. Blow everything away on the hard drive, including the partition tables.

To do this, boot from the Windows Installation DVD/USB. When it asks you for your language, choose it and click Next. You'll see a link at the bottom to Repair you Computer.

Click on the Command Prompt link.

Type diskpart and press Enter.

Type list disk and press Enter

Look at the listings, and choose the disk that your primary hard drive is (i.e. select disk 0, then press Enter)

Type clean disk and press Enter.

Now, exit diskpart, and exit the Command Prompt. Continue with the installation as per normal.


The reason for this is because DeepFreeze installs device drivers for loading the "hard drive". It splits up the actual hard drive into a few partitions, and essentially makes Windows run from a VM, with a copy of the original "frozen" partition. When you make changes to it, DeepFreeze doesn't care, and just flushes the changes away by running a copy of the original image on the next reboot.

The device drivers are needed so that DeepFreeze knows it's in charge of the system. Without the drivers loading, DeepFreeze has set Windows to BSOD, in order to prevent unauthorized activity on the system in question. To completely get rid of it, you need to wipe the hard drive completely, before DeepFreeze can load, following the above instructions

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  • read the question. WITHOUT reinstalling a fresh windows.
    – MrU
    Dec 30, 2014 at 1:01
  • You may with to do it without reinstalling Windows, but unless you get the password, the newer versions are extremely resistant to other forms of attack. The way DeepFreeze works, only a fresh install would work if you don't know the password, or break the software on the actual host drive Dec 30, 2014 at 17:48
  • breaking the software on the actual host drive? do you mean the computer's Hard drive or the Windows Partiton? If so, how?
    – MrU
    Dec 31, 2014 at 1:14
  • @MrU - He means the system partition. By break he means attempt to make the software not load, since its extremely resistant, your unlikely going have success in doing that.
    – Ramhound
    Jan 15, 2015 at 19:59
  • Oh damn... Oh well, I guess I will have to do a fresh install.
    – MrU
    Feb 8, 2015 at 1:27
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To force Deep Freeze into a Thawed state, you will need to download and replace two drivers in c:\windows\system32\drivers. These null drivers are available only to verified Faronics customers. These drivers will prevent Deep Freeze from entering a Frozen state and allow the software to be uninstalled from the computer using the workstation installer file. Instructions and null drivers are available from Faronics, again, only to verified customers. You will need the installer file to uninstall the program. The cost for a single license for Deep Freeze Standard workstation is approximately $46.99. I am pretty sure the null drivers will work on Deep Freeze Enterprise also, but you can doube-check with Faronics.

In order to apply this procedure, you will be required to boot the local system without using the hard drive where Deep Freeze is installed. This can be done using one of the following methods: 1) Windows Install Media (This must match the type and version of Windows you have installed) 2) BartPE (Or any pre-installed Windows environment) 3) Knoppix (or any other Linux ‘live’ media)

And, of course, your BIOS UEFI must be unsecured to allow you to boot from other device.

Faronics will have the latest manual removal instructions. So be sure to check with them.

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