Verified and Tested 03/31/2015

Introduction

In this how-to we will walk you through Resetting your Forgotten Windows Host Administrator Password. With so many different passwords that we use on a daily basis, email, desktop, servers, etc., we tend to forget some of the important ones that are crucial. People pay lots of money for password recovery. However, we will recover our password with a Windows CD. That’s it!

Prerequisites

– A Windows CD (Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Server 2008 R2, Server 2008, Server 2012 or a Server 2012 R2).

Procedure

Boot the server to your Windows CD/ Browse to the Repair section/ open up the command line tool and type the following:

d:
cd windows/system32
ren utilman.exe utilman.exe.old
copy cmd.exe utilman.exe
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This is the output you will see after running the Commands listed above

Reboot the host and start it up normally. Click the ease of access button, which is located in the bottom left-hand corner. A new command prompt will appear.

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This is the output that you will see with the ease of access button highlighted

 

At this point, you can reset your current local Administrator account or make a new local administrator user and password.

Reset the Local Administrator Password

Change the local administrator password and activate the account by running the following commands:

net user administrator newpassword
net user administrator /active:yes
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This is the output that you will see after running the change administrator password and enabling the account

Create a New Local Administrator Account and Password.

To create an additional local administrator account type the following command:

net user administrator newpassword
net user administrator /active:yes
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This is the output after running the additional user command and adding it to the admin group

You can now login with the account you set up in either method. Once you  login, make sure to revert the Ease of Access menu back to normal by typing the following command:

copy utilman.exe.old utilman.exe
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This is the output of after completing the changes and reverting the Ease of Access menu back to normal

Congratulations! You have just Reset your Forgotten Windows Host Administrator Password. Thank you for following along in this How-To and feel free to check back with us for any new updates.