Unlock Windows Server 2003 Admin Account If Forgot Password

Forgot password for your Windows server 2003 admin account, how to unlock it? If you can log on to another administrator account on this computer, you can unlock the admin account by resetting its password.

If you don’t have any admin right else on your computer, you have to use some other methods to unlock the admin account. In fact, it is also easy to resolve. Here are two great methods for unlocking Windows server 2003 local/domain admin password without administrative right. All you need is preparing a CD, DVD or USB flash drive. Then follow the procedures given bellow.

Method 1: Unlock Windows Server 2003 Local/Domain Admin Password Using USB.

Method 2: Unlock Windows Server 2003 Local Admin Account with Hiren’s Boot CD.

With help of this article, you will be able to unlock your Windows server 2003 admin account without losing data. If your Windows server 2003 was installed on RAID drive, you will need to use another method to resolve the password issue. It is also easy. Read more about how to reset forgotten admin password for Windows server 2003 which installed on RAID drive..

Method 1: Unlock Windows Server 2003 Local/Domain Admin Password Using USB.

When you forget Windows server 2003 admin password and get locked out of your computer, you can use Windows Password Rescuer to easily unlock your local/domain admin account with USB, CD or DVD.

This is currently the easiest way to regain access to your Windows server 2003. How it works? Firstly, you can use Windows Password Rescuer to create a password recovery disk with USB flash drive. Then boot your locked computer from the USB flash drive and reset the forgotten Windows server 2003 local/domain admin password easily on a friendly interface. The following procedure is about how to unlock Windows server 2003 admin account by resetting the forgotten password with USB.

Step 1: Create a small bootable USB.

1. Download and install Windows Password Rescuer Advanced on an accessible computer. It can be installed on all versions of Windows OS. (Free download Windows Password Rescuer Advanced trial version.)

2. Plug a blank USB flash drive into the current computer. Launch Windows Password Rescuer and then choose “USB Device” on the interface.

3. Pull down the drive list and select the USB drive you just plugged. Then click “Begin Burning” button. Select “Yes” on a confirmation message.

4. Wait for the software to create a bootable USB (a password recovery disk). This process will be completed in a minute. When successfully complete burning, unplug the USB flash drive.

Step 2: Boot your locked computer from the USB drive and reset your Windows server 2003 local/domain admin password easily.

1. Connect the bootable USB flash drive to your locked computer. Reboot the computer from USB. (Learn how to boot a computer from USB.)

2. When Windows Password Rescuer Advanced appears on the screen, select your Windows server 2003 system.

3. Select your administrator account from user list.

4. Click “Reset Password” to reset its password. When a confirmation message appears, select “Yes”.

5. The administrator password will be changed to “Hello@2011” or “Daossoft@2014” by default.

6. Click “Reboot”. Unplug the USB flash drive and then select “Yes” on a confirmation message.

7. The computer will restart and boot Windows server 2003. Then you can use the new password to unlock your Windows server 2003 administrator.

In additional, you can use a CD/DVD to accomplish this task. All you need to do is create a bootable CD/DVD on Windows Password Rescuer, boot your locked computer from CD/DVD and then reset your forgotten Windows password.

 

Method 2: Unlock Windows Server 2003 Local Admin Account with Hiren’s Boot CD.

This is a workable way to unlock Windows server 2003 local admin account without password. With help of Hiren’s Boot CD, you have permission to access your Windows installation drive and edit the system security file, SAM, where the details of user accounts stored in. You will be able to remove password of your local admin account from computer and then you can unlock the account without password. Here is how it works.

Step 1: Free download the ISO file of Hiren’s Boot CD on a computer which you have access to. Then burn the ISO file on to a writable CD/DVD.

Step 2: Boot your locked computer from the newly created CD/DVD. You see the following screen. Hit arrow key to move highlight to the option of “Offline NT Password Changer”. Then press Enter to select it.

Step 3: When the screen scrolls up, you will see some options and you need to choose one to continue. Just type “1” and hit Enter key to choose “show probable Windows installation partition only”.

Step 4: Next, type “1” and hit Enter key to choose “Password reset”. The program will load the SAM system security file.

Step 5: SAM file is loaded. Type “1” and hit Enter key to choose “Edit user data and passwords”.

Step 6: All user account names will be displayed on the screen. To choose a user account, type the user name and then press Enter key.

Step 7: Type “1” and hit Enter key to remove the user account password from the locked computer.

Step 8: Password cleared. Type “!” and hit Enter.

Step 9: Type “q” and hit Enter to choose “Quit”.

Step 10: Now you need to write the SAM file back (save changes). Type “y” and hit Enter.

Step 11: When it asks you to try the process again, type “n” and hit Enter.

Step 12: Now remove your CD/DVD from the computer and then press CTRL-ALT-DELETE keys at the same time. The computer will restart and boot Windows server 2003. Then you can unlock it without password.

 

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