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How to Reset Windows Server 2008 Administrator Password You Forgot

Recover My Windows Password

Forgot the administrator password on Windows Server 2008? Looking for a way to recover Windows password without formatting the system as it's having really necessary documents on desktop?

With the help of Recover My Windows Password, you can easily reset local administrator password and Active Directory password on Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000 and Windows Server 2008 (R2), 2003 (R2), 2000. Follow the easy steps below to create a password reset disk and reset your lost or forgotten Windows password. Regain access to your Windows Server 2008 without reinstalling computer and losing any valuable data.

Step 1: Create a Password Reset Disk for Windows Server 2008

Download the Recover My Windows Password and save it on any computer you have access to. Unzip the downloaded file, there should be an ISO image file: RecoverMyWinPassword.iso. Burn the ISO image to a blank CD using any ISO Burning software such as BurnCDCC.


Burn Recover My Windows Password boot CD

Step 2: Modify BIOS to Boot from Windows Password Reset Disk

Boot your locked computer. When it is powered on, check the boot-screen for setup key (e.g., DELETE key, F8 key, F2 key) to enter BIOS Setup Utility.


Choose the BOOT menu and set Boot Device Priority option: Set the 1st Boot Device to CD/DVD-ROM. Press F10 to save your changes.


Set BIOS to boot from Recover My Windows Password boot CD

Step 3: Reset Windows Server 2008 Password

Insert the Windows password reset disk into the CD-ROM drive of your Windows Server 2008 computer and restart the computer. The boot loading screen should appear immediately.


Recover My Windows Password boot CD is initializing.


Wait for a few minutes until the Recover My Windows Password appears.


The main interface of Recover My Windows Password


Reset Windows Local Password: Select the Windows SAM database (e.g., C:\Windows\system32\config\SAM), the program will automatically list all local user accounts. Select a user account and click the Reset button to reset the password to blank.


Reset Windows Domain Password (For Active Directory server only):: Select the Windows Active Directory database (e.g., C:\Windows\NTDS\ntds.dit), the program will automatically display a list of Active Directory accounts on Windows Server 2008. Select a user account and click the Reset button. The password will be changed to Password123 by default.


Click the Restart button to reboot the computer. Now you are able to log into your Windows Server 2008 computer without a password!

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