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Simple Step : Reset Administrator Password in Windows Server 2012 R2

August 13, 2014

Disclaimer : This step has nothing to do with Hacking @ Break into your Server, this is just for educational purposes.

I’m not responsible for any damages caused by you!!!

Since this week I’m so busy with Comptia Network+, I manage to write something simple this week which is how to reset Admin password in your Windows Server 2012 R2

I’m very sure once a while in your daily task, as a IT Administrator sometimes just forgot our Window Server password, so in this post, I’ll show you a very simple step how you can reset your Administrator Password just by using Command Prompt…

Lets get started…

1 – On your Windows Server 2012 R2, boot the server from Windows Server 2012 R2 Boot DVD @ Media

** Picture here show you if you wrongly key in your password, it will stated The Password is incorrect. Try again.


2 – On the Windows Setup interface, click Next


3 – Then click Repair Your computer


4 – On the Choose an option interface, click Troubleshoot menu….


5 – On the Advanced options interface menu, click Command Prompt


6 – On the Command Prompt interface, type :

cd windows\system32
ren Utilman.exe Utilman.exe.old
copy cmd.exe Utilman.exe


7 – Close the Command Prompt interface, then click Continue



8 – and your Server will restart and it will present log on screen, next, on the Log on screen click Windows Key + U, command prompt will pop up and type :

net user administrator Pa$$w0rd2 

** This will set the password for the Administrator to be Pa$$w0rd2 (case sensitive)…



9 – You can close the command prompt and you should now be able to log back onto the server using the password you have provided in the previous step…


10 – Once you confirm & verify that you can successfully log in to the Administrator profile, now lets do some clean up & repeat the steps above…

Reboot your server once again from Server 2012 R2 DVD @ media, on the Windows Setup interface, click Next


11 – Click Repair your computer


12 – Next, under Choose an option interface, click Troubleshoot


13 – Under Advanced Options, click Command Prompt


14 – At the Command Prompt, type :

cd windows\system32
ren utilman.exe
copy utilman.exe.old utilman.exe


15 – Last step, exit command prompt, and click Continue and you should back up & running as usual…



  1. Pollo permalink

    Thanks a lot. I was crazy for 1 day.

  2. arye permalink

    than kyou was really helpful!

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