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Reset your Windows Sever 2008 / R2 Domain Controller administrator password

Reset your Windows Sever 2008 / R2 Domain Controller administrator password

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It’s possible to reset your Windows Sever 2008 / R2 Domain Controller administrator password using your installation CD.


1. Restart your Windows server 2008 DC with the installation CD

2. Choose your language and click next

3. Select your partition and installation version and click Next

4. Click on Comm and Line Prompt


5. Change directory to the access the system 32 directory. Then your original C:drive is changed to D: or E: depending on the number of drive and partitions you have on that system.


6. Rename the file Utilman.exe to Utilman.exe.bak using the comm and Copy Utilman.exe Utilman.exe.bak.


7. Using Command Move Cmd.exe Utilman.exe to move CMD.exe file into Utilman.exe. Press O or Y to accept after that restart your Computer normaly


8. At the user logon screen, press a combination of Windows KEY+U, then the CMD.exe will appear. Type net user “Username””new password”;


Then your system Admin Password is reset. Please don’t forget to rename back Utilman. Exe ->Cmd.exe and Utilman.exe.bak-> Utilman.exe after getting back access.


  • You can use also DART CD to reset the admin pass with some clicks ,DART CD is a part of MDOP (Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack)

  • Does the new password have to conform with the password complexity security policy?

    It would be nice to know how to turn that off during installation.

  • It really worked for me

  • Thank you very much for this helpful procedure , i tried varies tools and for last resort i tried this one and it worked!

    Thank you Mahmoud

  • Thanks Mahmoud for the helpful tip

  • in the Comm and Line Prompt i am not seeing the c:\ ..pls help

  • how to reset the administrator password in windows server2008

  • @ Vikas

    You got it buddy!!

  • i love it

  • i am not able to find/locate the utilman.exe file from the cli..

  • That are good. But I like use Anmosoft Windows Password Reset.

  • Well this way you can only reset the password of Local Administrator Account.

    For Active Directory Domain Controller Administrator Account Password the procedure must be different!!

    Correct me if I am wrong!!

  • Yeah, but does not work on a Core installation as there's no utilman.exe, osk.exe or any other equivalent thing. Latest version of Offline password editor in linux worked well though...

  • Hi.

    That worked for me in a Domain Controller.


  • This worked for me in my test environment I'm pleased but also really shocked it was this easy!

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