I lost my password for Windows Sever 2008. Does anyone know how to reset the admin password?
You can reset or recover your password in a number of ways. The three most prominent that come to my mind are:
From another admin account
Or you can use one of the many bootable NTFS password reset utilities
This assumes that the machine is in a workgroup and not a domain.
Edit: never mind, i like the magnify.exe switcheroo trick. Although i'm particularly partial to this one if the target has a firewire port
If you know your directory services restore mode password, you can that to change the administrator password, this password is supplied at install time.
Press F8 during the textmode boot phase and select Directory Services Restore Mode.
Failing that, if you're on a domain, you'll probably have to rebuild the pdc and active directory domain.
If that is the case, consider its a lesson the hard way.
protected by splattne Aug 17 '10 at 20:09
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