If you got locked out of your Windows Server system, you would probably be looking for a way to get in. It happens that in an attempt to secure our computer system we tend to use an extra secure and complicated password to provide extra security for the system.
However, if you have newly changed the password and forgot to take a note, you are in trouble.
Fortunately, there are several ways through which you can reset Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016 password. You can use a Windows Server Setup Disk to gain access and reset the password.
If you don’t have a setup disk, you would probably need to use any of the third-party software to reset Windows Server password.
We have already shared a way to reset Windows server password using setup disk.
In this article, we take a look at the best software to reset Windows Server password on your PC. Most of the recovery software for Windows server are premium programs. But, you can download the trial version to be sure of its working capabilities before making a purchase.
Passware Kit Standard Plus
- Price – Free trial / Premium $195
Passware Kit Standard Plus is a premium password recovery tool that can help you to reset Windows Server administrator password. It is a multi-purpose tool and can do more than just Windows Server password reset.
Passware Kit Standard Plus does feel steep at $195, but if you can use it for multiple purposes, the tool is worth the price.
Passware Kit Standard Plus supports both CPU and Hardware acceleration and compatible with AMD and NVIDIA GPUs.
To reset Windows Server password for both Local and Admin, you need to create a bootable CD/ USB flash drive using the Passware ISO. After creating a bootable Flash drive, insert the USB drive into your PC’s USB port and boot from the drive.
Follow the on-screen instructions to reset Windows server password. That’s it. You have successfully recovered the Windows server password using Passware Kit.
Lazesoft Recover My Password Server Edition
- Price – Free demo / $79.49
Lazesoft Recover My Password Server Edition as the name suggests is a password resetting tool compatible with Windows Server 2003/ 2008 / 2012/ 2016 version and can help you in resetting the password for both local and administrator account that too without re-installing the OS all again.
Similar to Passware, this tool requires the user to create a bootable flash drive or CD using the ISO file to reset the password. Some of the features of Lazesoft Recover My Password Server Edition include the ability to detect multiple operating systems, unlocking the user accounts, disabling the password expiry option and more.
In addition, it can also be used to recover Windows 10 and 8 OS’s OEM product key from BIOS, although you probably won’t need that since Windows 10 running devices have their product keys bound to the motherboard itself.
The user interface is nothing fancy but gets the job done. After booting from the flash drive, select the operating system you want to reset the password for. In this case, it is Windows server edition and click Next.
Lazesoft Recover My Password Server Edition will display all the user account created on this computer. Select the one that you want to reset the password for and click next.
Click on the Reset/Unlock button to reset the password. Click on Finish to restart the system. Make sure you remove the USB drive / CD from the computer.
You can now log in to Windows server as admin and set a new password and note it down as well. The software can be used for the commercial purpose making the price tag affordable.
- Price – free trial / $29.95
PCUnlocker is a software utility that allows you to reset forgotten password for Windows administrator and users account. The software comes in three versions namely PCUnlocker Standard, Professional, and Enterprise.
While the PCUnlocker Standard version which is the cheapest of the three is good for resetting Windows administrator and user account password, to reset Windows server password, you need to use PCUnlocker Professional version, which is slightly expensive.
PCUnlocker Professional comes with all the features of the standard version along with the support for Windows server 2000 – 2016 version. To use PCUnlocker Professional, you need a CD / USB flash drive to create a bootable USB drive using the PCUnlocker ISO.
Insert the bootable USB flash drive to your computer and restart the PC. Make sure you boot from the USB flash drive / CD. If you don’t know how to do it, check how to change the boot drive in BIOS for your computer.
From the PCUnlocker Professional window, select the recovery mode. In this case, select Reset Local Admin/User Password.
PCUnlocker Professional will list all the user account associated with the administrator and the computer for Windows Server edition. Select the account you want to reset the password for and click on Reset Password button.
After the password is reset, close the PCUnlocker Professional window and restart your computer. You can set a new password for Windows Server account after logging in to your PC.
Windows Password Recovery Advanced
- Price – free trial / $29.95
Windows Password Recovery Advanced from iSeePassword is another Windows Server password reset software to consider. The software is compatible with both Windows and Windows Server versions.
It is a premium software but has only one plan on offer. Using the tool you can easily reset forgotten or lost local administrator password instantly. You can also remove Domain administrator password as well as create new administrator account if needed.
The working of Windows Password Recovery Advanced is similar to that of other earlier mentioned reset software. The only difference here is this tool allows you to create a password reset CD/USB flash drive directly from its interface.
To reset the password, download and install Windows Password Recovery Advanced on any computer. Run the program and select your USB flash drive / CD under Create a password reset USB flash drive or CD/DVD option.
Click on Burn USB / Burn CD /DVD button to create a bootable flash drive. Remove the USB flash drive and connect it to the PC with the Administrator password lock.
Make sure you boot from the bootable USB flash drive by changing the boot drive from BIOS.
Wait for the Windows Password Recovery Advanced to run. It will show all the user accounts associated with the computer. Select the user account to reset and click on Reset Password button.
After successfully resetting the password for Windows Server, restart the PC without bootable USB flash drive.
- Price – Free trial / $29.95
WinGeeker Ultimate looks identical to iSeePassword Recovery Tool by design language. It is also a premium tool that costs $29.95, but you can download the free trial for testing. The free trial allows you to create bootable USB drive and boot using the drive.
You can also see all the user accounts associated with the computer, however, to reset the password you need a premium version.
WinGeeker Ultimate can be used to reset administrator password for Windows OS as well as Windows Server 2016/2012/2008 R2 version.
To reset Windows Server password, download WinGeeker Ultimate from the official website and run the program. Insert a CD drive or USB flash drive, select it under right option and click on Burn to US /Burn to CD/DVD.
Next, remove the USB drive and insert into to a computer with Windows Server password lock. Go to BIOS and change the boot drive/device to USB flash drive/CD.
Reboot your computer and wait for the WinGeeker Ultimate program to run. Select the user account for which you want to reset the password and click on Reset Password button.
Close WinGeeker Ultimate window and restart your computer. Create a new administrator/user account after logging into your computer.
Being locked out from Window Server account is scary as the OS is used as a business solution. Fortunately, one of the software in this list should be able to help you to recover Windows Server password.
While it is only clever to use the most complicated password to protect your user account against hackers and other threats, it is sensible to use a password manager to organize all your password at one place securely.
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