Reset Domain Controller password

This post is based on ‘this one‘, but now with some ‘print screens’ attached.

I know it should not be necessary :), but unfortunately it is…
And because i could not find the solutions very easily/quickly, i thought i should share it…

  1. Restart your server with an install disk in place.
  2. Boot from this setup disc
  3. Choose language and keyboard layout
  4. Click Next
  5. Click Repair you computer
  6. Choose the right (mostly one?) installation
  7. Start the ‘Command Prompt’
  8. Type: C:
  9. Type: cd Windows\System32
  10. Type: copy Utilman.exe Utilman.exe.backup
  11. Type: copy cmd.exe Utilman.exe
  12. Type: exit
  13. Click ‘Restart’
  14. Do a normal boot now
  15. When ready to login…
  16. Click the ‘Ease of access’ icon OR press [Windows] + [U]
  17. A command prompt starts now┬á (note that the titlebar says utilman.exe ­čÖé )
  18. Type: net user “Administrator” “newpassword”
  19. Type: exit
  20. Login with the “Administrator” user and your new password “newpassword”
  21. You are done now.
  22. Do not forget to change back Utilman.exe.backup to Utilman.exe
  23. If you do not have write acces on this file now…
  24. Repeat steps 1 to 9 and then
  25. Type: copy Utilman.exe.backup Utilman.exe

See images.

01-server-setup-start

02-server-setup-action

03-server-setup-recovery

04-server-setup-tools

05-server-repair-command-prompt

06-server-rebooted-as-normal

07-command-prompt-instead-of-utilman-exe

08-login-with-new-password

09-looks-like-it-worked

10-it-worked

 

Do not forget to restore Utilman.exe

11-move-back-utilman

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