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  • Question

  • I am  using windows server 2008 R2, Few days agoni tried to login to the server it prompt to me that my password is expired I should renew.. I renewed the password successfully but I forget to document it as I always do. After doing all that I wanted to do, I then logoff. Yesterday I tried to login again but it is tell me incorrect password. I tried all I could possibly think of but they all failed.

    I am therefor soliciting for the experts support in how I can successfully recover the password or administrator account without demoting my server.

    Please every support is welcome

    Saturday, October 10, 2015 1:01 PM

Answers

  • Hi

     Please follow the steps for reset administrator password on Server 2008 r2,

    * Insert the original Windows Server 2008 installation DVD

    * Reset the computer, boot from DVD

    * Choose option "Repair your computer"

    * Start command prompt

    * C:\

    * CD C:\Windows\System32

    * MOVE Utilman.exe Utilman.exe.bak

    * COPY Cmd.exe Utilman.exe

    * You may also need to "Enable" the administrator account which can be done by using "NET USER administrator /active:yes"

    * Restart windows

    * At the login screen, type Windows-U, this fires up cmd.exe now

    * NET USER administrator Presto! Login as administrator!

    * Now repair computer again and move the original Utilman.exe back


    This posting is provided AS IS with no warranties or guarantees,and confers no rights. Best regards Burak Uğur

    • Proposed as answer by Amy Wang_ Monday, October 26, 2015 3:21 AM
    • Marked as answer by Amy Wang_ Monday, November 9, 2015 3:27 PM
    Saturday, October 10, 2015 1:29 PM

All replies

  • Hi

     Please follow the steps for reset administrator password on Server 2008 r2,

    * Insert the original Windows Server 2008 installation DVD

    * Reset the computer, boot from DVD

    * Choose option "Repair your computer"

    * Start command prompt

    * C:\

    * CD C:\Windows\System32

    * MOVE Utilman.exe Utilman.exe.bak

    * COPY Cmd.exe Utilman.exe

    * You may also need to "Enable" the administrator account which can be done by using "NET USER administrator /active:yes"

    * Restart windows

    * At the login screen, type Windows-U, this fires up cmd.exe now

    * NET USER administrator Presto! Login as administrator!

    * Now repair computer again and move the original Utilman.exe back


    This posting is provided AS IS with no warranties or guarantees,and confers no rights. Best regards Burak Uğur

    • Proposed as answer by Amy Wang_ Monday, October 26, 2015 3:21 AM
    • Marked as answer by Amy Wang_ Monday, November 9, 2015 3:27 PM
    Saturday, October 10, 2015 1:29 PM
  • Hi,

    In addition, here is a related KB article below for you:

    Microsoft policy about lost or forgotten passwords
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/189126

    Best Regards,

    Amy


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    Wednesday, October 14, 2015 8:39 AM