how to reset windows 2008 R2 Local Administrator password


  • Hi Team,

    I have forget windows 2008 R2 local admin password, the server is not in domain , is it any way to reset local administrator password.



    Regards, Triyambak

    Thursday, June 27, 2013 9:24 AM


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  • Hello,

    see similar thread

    and also the official statement

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    Thursday, June 27, 2013 9:52 AM
  • When your Windows Server 2008 R2 computer is still accessible, you can reset or change your administrator password with ease by the following steps.

    Step 1: Log in your Windows Server 2008 R2 computer through the administrator account.

    Step 2: Click on “Start” on the lower left corner of your screen, and hit “Control Panel”, and then doubt-click on "User Account".  

    Step 3: Choose “Make changes to your user account”, and then click on “Change your password”.

    Step 4: Now you will be asked to enter your current password, type in it.

    Step 5: Enter your new password and retype it to confirm your new password. You are optional to type in a word or phrase as the hint of the new password. It is highly recommended. 

    Another tip, Using a password recovery tool to recover WIndows server 2008 administrator password

    This is a universal WIndows password recovery method which can fix any Windows system password issue.

    1. Get Windows Password Rescuer and install it on another computer.

    2. Burn password reset disk into USB or CD/DVD device with Windows password recovery.

    3. Boot Windows server from password reset USB or CD disk

    4. Reset forgotten Windows server 2008 local or domain admin password without data loss.

    Detailed steps:

    I also have seen a way that users can use a Windows server 2008 install CD to reset the administrator password, you could search and have a try.  

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 9:17 AM