Resetting Administrator Password in Windows 2008/2012

6th July 2016
by InfiniteMonkeys

Resetting Administrator Password in Windows 2008/2012

Nothing quite like not having the local administrators password on a migration! Here’s a quick reset method:

Boot from the Micrsoft Windows Server 2008/2012 DVD
From the Windows Setup menu, click “Next”.
Select “Repair your computer”
Under Choose and option, click on “Troubleshoot”.
Under Advanced options, click “Command Prompt”.
At the command prompt, run the following commands:

cd windows\system32
ren Utilman.exe Utilman.exe.old
copy cmd.exe Utilman.exe

Close the command prompt, remove the ISO and reboot the server.
At the logon screen. Here click Windows Key + U or click the lower left icon.
At the prompt you can now change the password, by typing the following command:

net user administrator MonkeyMagic

Net User - Cloud Monkey

This will set the password for the Administrator user as above

Worth checking that the local Administrator account is active or to see all local accounts:

net user

Once all done, don’t forget to be a tidy Monkey:

cd windows\system32
ren utilman.exe
copy utilman.exe.old utilman.exe