Reset Administrator password in AD


Follow the steps to reset admin password in Windows 2008 R2 server

  • Boot from the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 DVD
  • w2k8_password_reset_01
  • From the Install Windows menu, click “Next”.
  • w2k8_password_reset_02
  • Select “Repair your computer”
  • w2k8_password_reset_03
  • In the System Recovery Options, select the Operating System instance that you wish to repair and click “Next”.
  • w2k8_password_reset_04
  • Select “Command Prompt”. The
  • w2k8_password_reset_05
  • At the command prompt, run the following commands:c:
    cd windows\system32
    ren Utilman.exe Utilman.exe.old
    copy cmd.exe Utilman.exe
  • w2k8_password_reset_06
  • w2k8_password_reset_cmd_prompt
  • Reboot the server allowing Windows to load as normal
  • At the logon screen, press Windows Key + U.
  • As the command prompt, enter the following command:net user administrator Password12
    This will set the password for the Administrator user to be Password12 (case sensitive).

Closing the command prompt, you should now be able to log back onto the server using the password you have provided in the last step.

Cleanup Steps

Once you have verified you can log on to the server you will have repeat the steps above and boot using the Windows Server 2008 DVD/ISO and run the command prompt again.

  • Delete the newly created Utilman.exe from C:\Windows\System32
  • Rename Utilman.exe.old back to Utilman.exe

You should be back up and running as if nothing ever happened.


Another tool:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.