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How to Reset Local and Domain Administrator Password on Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 is commonly used in small or large corporations, organizations and offices. Forgetting Windows Server 2008 password is the worst nightmare for IT administrators. There is a widespread myth that it is impossible to recover the password. Actually, it is not that hard. With Windows Password Resetter you can easily reset both local administrator and domain administrator passwords on Windows Server 2008.


This guide will tell you how to reset Windows Server 2008 password when you forgot the local or domain administrator password. No need to reinstall the operating system and Active Directory..

Step 1: Create a Windows Password Reset Disk

Download the ZIP archive file of Windows Password Resetter and save it on any computer you have access to. Unzip it and there should be a bootable ISO image: WPR.iso. Burn the image onto a blank CD or DVD using any ISO burning software such as BurnCDCC.


Create Windows Password Resetter bootable CD

Step 2: Reset Windows Server 2008 Password

Pop in the password reset disc into the CD-ROM drive of your locked computer and restart the computer. The boot loading screen should appear immediately.


Windows Password Resetter CD is initializing.


After completion of boot process, you see the main screen of Windows Password Resetter.


Option 1: How to Reset Local Administrator Password:
Please select your Windows SAM registry hive (eg. C:\Windows\system32\config\SAM), the program will instantly display a list of local user accounts available on your Windows Server 2008 system. Select the administrator account and click the Reset button to remove the unknown / forgotten password.


Reset Windows Local Administrator Password


Option 2: How to Reset Domain Administrator Password:
Please select the Active Directory database (eg. C:\Windows\ntds\ntds.dit), the program will instantly display a list of Active Directory user accounts. Select the administrator account and click the Reset button. The domain administrator password will replaced with a new password: Password123.


Reset Windows Domain Administrator Password


Restart your computer, you should be able to log into Windows Server 2008 using the local administrator or domain administrator account.

Sounds good?Go ahead and try Windows Password Resetter today!