Change Domain Password

Effective Ways to Change Forgotten Windows Server Domain Password

2013-05-15 05:13:57 / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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Have you or people around you forgotten Domain Password in Windows Server 2000/2003/2008/2008 R2/2012? Forgetting passwords is always a troublesome thing as we have to spend lots of time finding then back. This article lists three effective ways to change domain password in Windows server when you forgot it.

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What is a Domain?

A Domain is user having access to a number of computer resources with the use of a single username and password combination. A domain not only has the access to recourses on different servers, but also has the access to another domain in a trust relationship.

In Windows server (Windows Server 2000/2003/2008/2008 R2/2012) we have two kinds of domain passwords: domain user password and domain admin password. The ways we list in this article are on how to change domain user password and reset domain admin password.

How to Change Domain User Password in Windows Server?

If you lost Windows server domain user password, you can ask the domain administrator to change domain user password for you just like what we did for resetting local account password in Windows Server 2000/2003/2008/2008 R2/2012. This is the easiest and most effective way to reset password when you forgot Windows domain password.

How to Change Domain Admin Password in Windows Server?

Being a domain user, you can ask the domain administrator to change your forgotten domain password. But what if you forgot Windows Server domain admin password? The simplest and most effective way is to use a Windows password recovery tool to reset both your lost domain user password and domain admin password. Here is a simple tutorial.

How to change domain admin password with Windows password Reset.

  • Initially, download Windows password recovery on an unlocked computer, and follow the prompt to install it. Run the software after the installation.

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  • Secondly, inset a CD/DVD or USB Flash Drive to create the password drive.

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  • Finally, Use the password reset disk to change domain password in Windows Server. The whole process will be done within several minutes.

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How to Change Forgotten Domain Admin Password with Installation DVD

You can also change your forgotten domain admin password with the installation DVD, but this requires original Windows Server installation Disk and the technical knowledge of computer operation.

  • Insert the installation disk into the target computer and boot the computer from the disk.
  • Click on "Repair your computer" and then follow the wizard you get to a list of recovery tools.
  • Click on Command Prompt option and type the following commands in the command prompt window:
    • MOVE C:\Windows\System32\Utilman.exe C:\Windows\System32\Utilman.exe.bak
    • COPY C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe C:\Windows\System32\Utilman.exe
  • Reboot your computer and click the ease of access icon at the logon screen. Type "net user administrator" in new command prompt window, and then press Enter to set your new password.

Now you can easily change Windows domain password if you unfortunately forgot domain admin password or forgot domain user password. And from the three ways above, I highly recommend the second one because it can 100% guarantee to reset your lost password and no technical knowledge requires.

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