How to Reset Windows Server 2008 (R2) Administrator Password
I have a standard install of Windows Server 2008 Enterprise on Hyper-V virtual machine, but I lost the admin account password on this Server. I tried to type in all possible passwords I remember but failed. There is no original Windows Server 2008 password reset DVD going along with my pc when I bought it. I would like to ask if there is any ways to get me back?
We live in a world where we try to make strong passwords to protect our PC, smartphones, tablets, and other devices. The problem is that passwords should be different everywhere you use them, making it difficult to remember them all. Sometimes we face this problem that we forget domain administrator password on Windows Server 2008 (r2) and cannot sign into the system. Unless there is another administrator exists in this Windows domain, you can do nothing but wait for help.
Thankfully, chances are that you don't have to perform a clean installation of the system, there are number of 3rd party utilities out there available for you to reset or recover the lost password on Windows Server 2008 (r2), regardless of a domain admin account or a local user account.
Spowersoft Windows Password Reset is our pick. It is a rather simple and efficient tool for situations involving Windows password lost disasters. It is capable of creating a password reset disk that you can use to reset domain password for Windows Server 2012, 2008, 2003 and 2000, and as well reset the password on other Windows operating systems including Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP. Also, it enables you to create a new account with administrative rights and add to your computer.
Follow steps below for resetting Windows Server 2008 Administrator password on your computer. Note that this guide also works for Windows Server 2012, Windows 10/ 8/ 7/ Vista/ XP.
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Step 1: Run the program on a second PC and create a password reset disk
Since your computer that's running Windows Server 2008 (R2) is inaccessible, please click the link above to download the program on a second computer, and install it.
Open up the program, insert a blank USB flash drive or CD/DVD media disc onto the computer.
To create a Windows 2008 Server password reset disk, simply press the USB device or CD/DVD on the main screen. Then the program will begin burning its ISO images files onto the disk you just insert to create a password reset disk.
Once done, remove the disc from the machine.
Step 2: Set BIOS to boot from the reset disk you just made
Normally, a computer will boot from the hard drive which has Windows installation when it starts, so here we need to adjust the boot sequence settings in BIOS to boot first from the password reset disk.
Insert the password reset disk you just created into your locked computer, and turn on it.
When you see a message "Press [key] to enter BIOS Setup" on the screen, immediately press the key (it may be F2, DEL, F10 or other keys) required to get into BIOS.
If you don't know which key you need to press to enter BIOS on your computer, you can follow the detailed instructions about the list of keys to enter BIOS on computers.
On the BIOS screen that follows, you will see it lists all available hardware settings for this computer. Using the instructions located at the bottom of the screen to navigate around BIOS and changing the relative settings.
Now we're going to Boot > Boot Device Priority > 1st Boot Device. If you created a Windows Server 2008 admin password reset disk on USB flash drive, here you set 1st Boot Device to Hard Drive, and under it select your USB device. Or if you created a password reset disk on CD/DVD, you will have to set 1st Boot Device to CDROM.
Note that some computers may list boot menu as Advanced BIOS Features or BIOS Features Setup, and list the boot order option as Boot Sequence or First Boot Device, and list the USB boot option as USB/Removable Device (rather than Hard Drive). If you are confusing about this, and your BIOS is not the same as the image shown below, you can follow our detailed article about how to set boot order in BIOS.
Next, press F10 key or go to Exit menu to save changes you made and exit.
Step 3: Reset the domain administrator password on Windows Server 2008 (R2)
After the BIOS exits, your computer will restart and boot from the Windows Server 2008 reset password disk. Wait until it finished its loading, then you will be presented with the resetting screen of the program.
On the screen, you can see that it lists the version of Windows Server 2008 and all of user accounts found on the machine.
Now, select your Windows Server 2008 system, if you have more than one installed on the machine, as well as the user name that you want to reset the password, and click the Reset button. The tool will set the password for that account to be Spower@2011.
Note: As you can see in the screenshot, aside from resetting passwords in Windows 2008 Server (R2), the program also gives you ability to add a new account with admin privileges, or delete an existing account on the machine.
Once done, click the Reboot button at the bottom of the screen to restart your computer. Wait for Windows to boot to the Server 2008 (R2) login screen.
IMPORTANT! You will have to remove the password reset disk from the computer after you press the "Reboot" in case the machine will boot from it again.
Congratulations! Now you should now be able to log back onto the Windows server 2008 with the password the tool provided above. Be sure to change the default password to a new password – one you can remember a little easier!