How to Reset Windows Server 2008/2012 Password if You Forgot

Feb 18. Posted by to Windows Topic

How do I reset my Windows server password when forgotting it ? No worries. There are a couple of ways to do this though it is a lot harder than resetting password on a Windows desktop. Password recovery in 2019 doesn't have to be a complex matter if you could find out the right method. This article shows two ways to reset a Windows Serverpassword when the password is lost or forgotten. It also applies to Windows Server 2010, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2016 .


Method 1: Ask Hosting Provider to Reset Windows Server Password

The biggest usage of Windows server is cloud computing. Usually, the Windows Server is running on a virtual privated instance or dedicated machine in remote location. So if you purchased such a Windows Server from a hosting provider, then you can contact the hosting provider to reset the administrator password. Most hosting providers will provision this within their systems manager, where you can ask for a password reset. This password will be randomly generated, and you can change it later once you have access to the server.

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Please note that the hosting provider may not accept a direct request to reset the password. This is a bad security practice that providers would prefer to avoid. At best, they will guide you to the right tools so you can reset the password yourself. Of course, this requires knowledge of various command line tools and other utilities needed to access the server's registry. For example, if your Server 2008 is running as an EC2 instance in AWS, you will need to use AWS Systems Manager or Amazon EC2Rescue for this purpose.


Part 2: Reset Windows Server 2008/2012/2016 Password Locally

There's actually an easier way to recover Windows Server password if the Server 2008 was running on a local machine. Why? There are a few proven tools available in 2019 and Androidphonesoft Windows Password Recovery is one of the best. It can help you reset any local admin password, even for server products like Server 2008 R2. The software is thoroughly tested on all the popular brands of PC, more than 80 brands, in fact. That means it'll work on virtually any computer running Windows. In short, it's a one-stop-shop for Windows password recovery.

Androidphonesoft Windows Password Recovery allows you to create a password reset disk on a different computer and use that to remove password from Windows based machines. The tool is fully self-contained, which means no additional software is required. Moreover, it is extremely user-friendly, so don't worry if you don't have any experience doing this before. It doesn't need any command line work or knowledge of how to create bootable media. Just follow the instructions provided below to reset your Windows Server 2008 password.

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Step 1 Install and Burn ISO to USB

On a secondary Windows PC, download and install the tool. Open the porgram and insert an USB stick. Once the software has identified the media, click on the Burn option to create bootable Windows Server USB.

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Note: The required Windows ISO file will be automatically picked up by the software, and the burning function lets you create the disk from right inside the software.

Step 2 Boot Windows Server 2008 from USB

Once the password reset disk is ready, you will need to boot your locked server machine from this. To boot from the disk rather than the resident Windows installation files, you can change the boot priority to boot from usb. Do this by hitting F2 on startup. It may be another key specified by your PC's manufacturer, so look for an indication of that on the screen. Once the boot order is changed, save and exit, and allow the boot to resume.

Step 3 Reset Windows Server 2008 Admin Password

Once you're able to see the interface again on your screen, that means the PC booted correctly from the bootable media you created on the other computer. Now choose the correct operating system from the list in case there is more than one. Next, choose the locked admin account user name in the next section. Finally, click on Reset Password to unlock the Windows machine.

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When you hit Reboot after removing the disk, you'll be able to enter the Windows Server without typing a password.

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One thing to keep in mind is that, because it's so easy to access your locked Windows Server this way, please ensure that the password reset disk is kept in a safe place where it won't fall into the wrong hands. You can now use it as many times as you like, since it works for all Windows versions right back to Windows XP. You also have a feature to add a new admin users in case you feel that's a better way to change the password - by using the elevated access privileges of the new account to change the password for the existing admin account.



Sophia Lee

Sophia Lee

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Sophia is a senior editor of Androidsoft. She discovered the fascinating world of technology and constantly share the most practical tips and tricks for our users.

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