WinFix: Reset Password – Local Windows Administrator on Server Core using Windows Server 2012 Setup DVD

This tutorial is to help Administrator to reset local Windows Administrator password using Windows Server 2012 Setup DVD.


Steps for Password Reset:

  1. Boot using Windows Server 2012 DVD

  2. When Windows Setup wizard appear, click Next button

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  1. Click Repair your computer link

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  1. Click on Troubleshoot

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  1. Click on Command Prompt

Command Prompt will appear with Drive X

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  1. Change Drive to Windows System Drive

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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 Continue link to restart

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  1. After rebooting, at 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 — 11:24 PM

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