Windows Server 2008 R2 is the 4th Windows Server OS version. It boasts excellent visualization and task management features. But although Microsoft tries to make operational tasks simple on all its operating systems, learning how to reset Windows Server 2008 R2 password is not everybody’s cup of tea. That’s especially true if you forgot the password and you don’t have a password reset disc. So, this article has some simple but effective Windows Server 2008 R2 password reset methods to give you instant access to your computer. Let’s learn!
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Do you already have a password recovery disc? Don’t panic because you can easily access your system and reset the Windows Server 2008 R2 password. In fact, you should always create a password recovery disc to save you time and money the next time you forget the admin password. That said, apply these simple steps to reset Windows Server 2008 R2 password using a password reset disc:
Step 1. Open your computer and then click the Reset Password link in the login window. It is located below the password textbox.
Step 2. Connect your password reset USB stick or insert the DVD/CD in the CD drive of your locked Windows Server 2008 computer.
Step 3. Click the Next button in the Password Reset Wizard until prompted in the password reset disc destination.
Step 4. Choose the password reset disc inserted in your computer and then apply the on-screen instructions to reset the password. Click Next.
Step 5. Click Finish once you’ve reset the password successfully.
Step 6. Reboot the computer, then log in using the new password. Don’t forget to save it somewhere for future reference.
With Windows Password Recovery, you have the perfect Windows Server 2008 R2 reset tool. This program can reset admin passwords on Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016. It’s simple to use, as all you need to do is create a password reset disc and begin resetting passwords on your Windows Server 2008. Interestingly, you can use the same password reset disc to unlock typical Windows operating systems like Windows 10/8/7.
How to reset Windows Server 2008 R2 password with Windows Password Recovery:
Step 1. Get a different computer and install this password reset software. The process should be complete in less than a minute with a stable internet connection.
Step 2. Insert a black USB stick or bootable DVD/CD in your computer to create a password reset disc.
Step 3. Launch Windows Password Recovery, then click CD/DVD or USB device to begin burning in either of the two discs.
Step 4. If you choose the USB option, select it, and then tap the Begin burning button.
Step 5. After successfully burning the USB disc, unplug it before inserting it into your blocked Windows Server 2008 R2 computer.
Step 6. Boot your Windows Server computer, and then press F8 or any other appropriate “F” key to open it in the BIOS mode. In the BOOT menu, choose your inserted USB drive.
Step 7. Windows Password Recovery will launch automatically on the locked computer. You can then choose your blocked administrator account.
Step 8. Press the Reset Password button, then click Yes in the pop-up dialog. Note that the program will set the default admin password to “[email protected]”. You can also press Add User to create a new user account.
Step 9. Finally, click the Reboot button to restart your computer, then enter the new password. It’s that easy!
If you still have the Windows Server 2008 installation DVD, use it to reset the password. Unfortunately, this method can be a bit complicated, especially if you’re not tech-savvy. But that aside, let me try and make it simpler for you with the following steps:
Step 1. Insert the installation DVD/CD into the Windows server 2008 computer.
Step 2. Now boot up your server computer from the installation DVD/CD as discussed in Method 2 above.
Step 3. From the installation window, choose a language and then press the Next button.
Step 4. Tap the “Repair your computer” link to open the System Recovery Options window.
Step 5. Select Windows Server 2008 RS and click Next.
Step 6. Tap the Command prompt link and replace Utilman.exe with cmd.exe. But before that, copy the Utilman.exe command somewhere to restore it after the password reset procedure. The new command should look something like this; D:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe.
Step 7. Unplug the installation disc and close the command prompt.
Step 8. Reboot your computer, then click the Ease of Access button to launch Command Prompt.
Step 9. Enter the following command; net user administrator
Step 10. Reboot your computer from the installation CD/DVD once more and replace cmd.exe with Utilman.exe command.
Step 11. Remove the Windows installation CD/DVD and restart your Windows Server 2008 R2 computer. Now log into your admin account using the new password.
Offline NT Passwords & Registry Editor is a desktop tool to help you reset Windows Server 2008 RS administrator passwor. With this method, you need a valid local account in the Server 2003, 2008, or 2012 system. Apply these steps to try it out:
Step 1. First of all, download the Offline NT Passwords & Registry Editor tool on a different computer. To do that, click Bootdisc and then click the file named cd110511.zip at the bottom of the window. You’ll start downloading the zipped file.
Step 2. Open the ZIP file and begin extracting the ISO file. Use it to create bootable media with a CD/DVD. If you are using a USB stick, download the usb110511.zip file.
Step 3. Insert the password reset disc on your blocked Windows Server 2008 RS computer and boot it. Before it restarts, press the appropriate “F” key to open the BOOT menu. Choose the USB or CD/DVD.
Step 4. Your computer will start loading the contents on the bootable disc and display a command line for the password reset program. Press Enter to proceed.
Step 5. When prompted to enter anything, press “1” and click Enter. If asked to choose a username, enter the admin account’s username and press Enter. Do the same to enter a new password.
Step 6. After making the necessary adjustments, type “!” and click Enter. Next, type “q” and press Enter to quit, then type “y” and hit Enter to confirm the changes. Type “n” and hit Enter to leave the Offline NT window. You will see an “EDIT COMPLETE” message if you applied all the steps correctly.
Step 7. Unplug the removable disc and click “Ctrl + Alt + Delete” to reboot your computer and log in using the new password.
The Bottom Line
If you forgot Windows Server 2008 RS password, the above methods should do the trick. However, in the first and second methods, you need a created password reset disc and an installation disc, respectively. Even worse, the fourth method is pretty outdated. Therefore, the most reliable way is Windows Password Recovery, which is trusted by millions globally. But of course, choose a method that works best for you. Good luck!Free Download Buy Now