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How to Reset Windows Server 2019 Password

Alex Griffith Updated on Apr 14, 2022 6:37 PM

We live in a world where we try to make strong passwords to protect our Windows Server 2019 computers. But chances are that sometimes you may forget your passwords, leaving you out of the gate of the world.

When you're in the middle of this tough situation, don't fret, because Microsoft have troubleshooter to help you restore access, allowing you to get Windows 2019 Server password reset. In this tutorial we'll look at the Windows installation DVD to accomplish the task. If it doesn't help, you can also resort to an efficient third-party utility we'll mentioned in Part 2 which has high success rate in Windows password reset, including Server 2019 edition.

Part 1: Reset lost Windows 2019 server password with installation DVD

Microsoft understands how important your computer is, and provides you with Installation DVD disk to bypass the lost password and regain access to Windows Server 2019. If you have such a disk at hand, you're lucky enough.

Here's everything you need to know about resetting forgotten Windows 2019 Server password using installation CD.

  • Insert the installation DVD into your Windows Server 2019 computer.
  • Start the machine and press key (F2, F1, ESC, etc) to enter BIOS SETUP utility. Use the arrow key to select the DVD as first boot order and hit Enter.
  • After your computer boots from the disc, select your language and keyboard and then Next.
  • Select Repair your computer at the lower left corner.
  • Select Troubleshoot and then choose Command Prompt.
  • Execute the following two commands, and press Enter after each.
  • move c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe.bak

    copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe

  • Remove the disc and run command wpeutil reboot to restart your computer.
  • When login screen appears, click Ease of Access icon at the lower right corner (or Windows Key + U) to open a Command Prompt.
  • Execute the net user command as shown to reset the Windows Server 2019 Administrator password. Replace Appgeeker with whatever new password you want.
  • net user Administrator Appgeeker

  • Close the Command Prompt window.
  • Log in to Windows 2019 server with your new password!

Don't forget to reverse the changes you've made, you can access to Command Prompt again and execute the following:

copy c:\utilman.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe

If you don't have a installation DVD or can't access the command prompts to reset Administrator password from Windows 2019 Server, you may have to turn to a professional password reset service.

Part 2: Using 3rd-party service

We recommend Spower Windows Password Reset program given its user friendly, light footprint and high success rate. It is a super easy way to create a Windows reset disk and find the accounts you wish to unlock the lost password on Windows 2019 Server. It even enables you to add a new administrator account to the machine.

These screenshots below will show you how to reset administrator password for Windows Server 2019, but are practically identical for other Windows operating systems.

Step 1: Run the program to make a Server 2019 reset disk

Download the Spower Windows Password Reset by clicking the link above and install it on another computer that you have right to access.

Once you've opened the program, you'll be presented with a simple screen that walks you through the wizard to create a Windows Server 2019 reset password disk.

Here we select USB device option and then insert a blank USB drive to the computer. In the next screen, just click the Burning button to start create a password reset disk. This will take one minute around.

recover a lost Windows Server 2019 password

Next, pop out the USB drive and insert it into your Windows Server 2019 machine.

Step 2: Set the computer booting from the USB drive

Normally, your machine will boot from the hard drive where have Windows 2019 Server installation when you power on it. So we need to change the boot order in BIOS setup to take priority with the USB disk as 1st boot order sequence instead.

Follow these steps to set your boot order. The key required to press to enter the BIOS varies, depending on your manufacture. Generally, F2, F1, F12, etc. are the most used.

Step 3: Select the account and reset password for Windows 2019 Server

Once you've successfully set the computer booting from the USB drive, your boot should now begin and finally get you into the program's window, as image shown below.

From there, you can follow the instructions on-screen to get ready to reset the password on Windows 2019 Server.

To do so, select your OS (if you've more than one installed), and select the account (Administrator, for example) you want to reset password, and then click Reset button.

bypass password on Windows Server 2019

Now, you can log into your Windows Server 2019 computer again with the username and new password (the program will remove the original lost password and set to be Spower@2011.)

As a bonus, you can also add a new account with Administrator privilege to Server 2019 by "Add User" feature provided on the screen.

DISCLAIMER: This information should be used only to recover password for your own Windows 2019 Server. Don't use it on other PCs without permission.

Part 3: Using a clean installation

The last resort to go with is using a clean installation to go back the system when the ways you have tried above have been unsuccessful in resetting Administrator password on a Windows 2019 Server. Note that all the data on your primary hard drive partition will be wiped out, there is no option to keep it.

Applies to: Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2.

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