Reset Windows Server 2008 R2 password

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Reset the administrator/user password on Windows Server 2008 by using Windows Installation Disk

  • Insert the Windows Server 2008 installation DVD
  • Restart the computer, select boot from DVD
  • Choose option "Repair your computer"
  • Select start command prompt
  • Type in "C:\"
  • Then, "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 the windows
  • Then, at the login screen, type Windows-U, this fires up cmd.exe
  • NET USER <username> <password> e.g. NET USER administrator [email protected]!
  • Now restart the computer again and move the original Utilman.exe back. e.g. MOVE Utilman.exe.bak Utilman.exe
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