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Forgot Windows server 2008/R2 administrator password and need to find effective way to reset forgotten password in order to access server computer?

Now you are right here. Four ways are listed in this article and tell users how to reset Windows server 2008/R2 forgotten local or domain administrator password step by step.

  1. Way 1: Reset Windows server 2008 R2 password with administrator
  2. Way 2: Reset forgotten server 2008 R2 administrator password with reset disk
  3. Way 3: Reset Windows server 2008 R2 forgotten local/domain password with password tool
  4. Way 4: Windows server 2008 R2 reset administrator password with installation CD

That’s no doubt that all these ways could work for Windows server 2008 reset administrator password. But which one is the most appropriate for your server computer? It should be analyzed in different situations you face.

Way 1: Reset Windows Server 2008 R2 Password with Administrator

Admin account has full privileges in computer. So with enabled administrator, you can access server computer directly. Then you can change forgotten administrator password with its administrative privileges through command prompt or in control panel.

Open Control Panel and Reset Windows server 2008 forgotten administrator password:

Step 1: Open Active Directory Users and Computer panel in your computer.
Click Start > Administrative Tools > Active Directory Users and Computer panel.

Step 2: Choose password-forgotten administrator. (Domain > Users > Tap to select a user)

Step 3: Reset Windows server 2008 password. Right click on the administrator and select "Reset Password" option. Then type in a new password.

Run Command Prompt to reset Windows server 2008 R2 forgotten password with command:

After logging into Windows server 2008 R2 with enabled administrator, Command Prompt could be run as administrator and you could reset forgotten Windows server 2008 administrator password with net user command.

1. Search cmd in Run box and press Enter to start Command Prompt as administrator.
2. On Command Prompt window, type in command net user <user name> <new password> and press Enter.

For example, if you type command net user isunshare 12345 and press Enter, Windows server 2008 forgotten administrator "isunshare" password would be reset to 12345.

Way 2: Reset Windows 2008 administrator password with reset disk

Password reset disk is undoubtedly the easiest and most common way to reset Windows server 2008 password. It will make your server password reset become a pretty easy thing. But in general, most users don’t have a habit to create a password reset disk in advance. Therefore, if you want to save time and money when you forget your Windows server password, remember to make a password reset disk when your computer is workable.

Step 1: Click on Reset password in the failed Server 2008 login screen under password box.

Step 2: Insert your Windows Server 2008 R2 password reset disk into your locked server.

Step 3: Reset your forgotten Windows Server 2008 password by following Password Reset Wizard.

Step 4: After the above-mentioned steps are finished, take out the disk to restart your Windows Server 2008.

Now, you will find you can get access to your computer with new Window server 2008 r2 administrator password. Remember to create a new reliable password and ensure you keep it in mind.

Way 3: Recover Server 20008 local/domain password with password Tool

In addition, a good third-party Windows password recovery tool also enables resetting WIndows local or domain password at anytime with hign efficiency when you have no administrator or password reset disk to follow above ways.

What you need?

How to do?

1. Install and run Windows Password Genius Advanced on another workable computer.

2. Take bootable CD/DVD or USB drive to burn Windows server 2008 r2 password reset disk.

burn Windows server 2008 password reset disk

3. After successfully burning, plug password reset disk into Windows server 2008 r2 computer.

4. Boot server from reset disk and run Windows Password Genius Advanced program on locked server.

5. Choose administrator password forgot, and click Reset Password to reset Windows server 2008 r2 forgotten local or domain administrator password to default "iSunshare@2012".

reset Windows server 2008 r2 user password

Except "Reset Password", Add User is another available option for you to create an admin account to login Windows server 2008. At last, exit password reset disk, and reboot Windows server 2008 R2 computer.

create new administrator in locked server 2008 computer


Way 4: Reset Windows server 2008 R2 administrator password with installation CD

Besides above three ways, installation cd also could reset Windows server 2008 R2 forgotten password. But it is a little difficult than above three ones.

First, you should boot locked server computer from installation disc.

Second, you should run command to change the location the utilman.exe and cmd.exe. So that when server boots from hard drive, you could run command prompt to reset forgotten administrator password on login screen.

Lastly, you should reboot server from installation disc again and restore utilman.exe.

Details about how to reset Windows password with installation CD, please refer to: reset windows password with installation CD

A video about resetting Windows server 2008 password: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcLGUtOSJ1U&feature=youtu.be

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