WinFix: Reset Password – Local Windows Administrator on Server Core using Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 Setup DVD

Sometimes written password is bad, but forgotten password is even worst.

This tutorial is to help Administrator to reset local Windows Administrator password on Windows Server Core using Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 Setup DVD.

Steps for Reset Password:

  1. Boot using Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 DVD

  2. When Install Windows wizard appear, click Next button

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  1. Click Repair your computer link

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  1. Select Operating System and Click Next Button

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  1. Click on Command Prompt

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  1. Command Prompt will appear with Drive X

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  1. Change to Windows System Drive as shown in item 4

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  1. Change directory to Windows\System32

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  1. Execute the following command:

copy cmd.exe utilman.exe

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  1. Close Command Prompt windows and click on Restart button

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  1. After rebooting, at Windows logon screen, press <WINDOWS_KEY>+U,

Command Prompt in Administrator mode will appear

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  1. Execute the following command:
  • To list all users: Net user
  • To reset password: Net user <ADMIN_ID> <PASSWORD>

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  1. Close command prompt, and logon administrator using new password

  2. Once logon, change directory to Windows\System32 and delete file utilman.exe

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Updated: 19/09/2014 — 11:25 PM

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