Recovering Password for Windows Server 2016
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.
move c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe.bak
copy c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe c:\windows\system32\utilman.exe
wpeutil rebootto restart your computer.
net user Administrator Appgeeker
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.
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.
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.
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.