2 Ways to Reset Windows Server 2012 Password (User & Admin)

Jul 12, 2019 17:32. Posted by to Tutorials

The administrator password of Windows Server 2012 is normally very vulnerable due to the access they can grant whenever they are compromised. As a concerned and careful user, it is always a good idea to protect Windows Server 2012 with a password, and it is also a good idea to know how to recover the password in the event that you forget about it. The good news is that there are various ways you can use to reset user and administrator passwords on a Windows Server. Below are two good examples to show you how to reset Windows Server 2012 password without knowing the password. Please follow the steps carefully and unlock the Server accordingly.

Method 1: Reset Windows Server 2012 Password via Command Prompt

If you were comfortable with the command prompt, then it should be your first port of call when you want to reset Windows Server 2012 password. This is an excellent text interpreter that can be easily used to perform a variety of tasks by simply using a few lines of code. To reset the admin password using the command prompt, here are the simple steps you need to follow:


Step 1: Get started by creating a bootable disc using a USB or a DC/DVD. Once created, insert it into the locked computer.


Step 2: Choose your preferred language, and the click on the "Troubleshoot" option.


Step 3: Choose the command prompt button so that you can start it in the advanced mode. Then input the command given below when the dialogue shown above appears:

CD c:\windows\system32
ren Utlman.exe Utlmn.exe.old
copy cmd.exe Utlman.exe

Step 4: Exit the command prompt. Press "Continue." The Windows server will reboot and load the login screen. When in this screen, click Window + U. This will again open the command prompt where you will give this command: net user administrator Pa$$w0rd2.


Windows Server 2012 Password Reset CMD


Type in the actual username as well as the newly created password in the password and username options. Pa$$w0rd2 will now become the new password for login. With that, you shall have successfully managed to reset the password.


Method 2: Reset Password on Windows Server 2012 via PassMoz LabWin

PassMoz LabWin is a third-party password recovery tool which you can also use to reset Windows Server 2012 password. Unlike Command Prompt, password reset is a lot of easier with this software because it has a modern user interface and only 3 clicks away to unlock the computer. In addition, it is much more effective for password reset with the awarding-winning engine.


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Windows Version
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Mac Version

Step 1: Find Another Windows PC and Install PassMoz LabWin

Get started by downloading and installing PassMoz LabWin on another PC. You can use or borrow from others. Open the program and you will see the following user interface.


Windows Password Recovery start up

Step 2: Insert DVD/CD or USB to Create Reset Disk

On the working computer, insert an optical disc and start the program. Choose the "Burn USB" or "Burn DVD/CD" depending on what you have. After the image files of the program are burnt on your preferred optical disc, you can do ahead and eject them.


burn iso to usb

Step 3: Boot Windows Server 2012

Insert the DVD/CD or USB on the locked computer and the boot the computer from this disc/USB so that it can load the burnt programs onto the locked computer. You may need to change the boot order from the menu on the BIOS settings.


bios settings for boot priority


Step 4: Reset Password on Windows Server 2012

During the booting process, the PassMoz program will fire up and display the users and system on the list. All you have to do then, is to select the user, and then choose the "Reset Password" and "Reboot" consecutively. The resetting process will then commence. Windows will then restart without any inquiry for you give a password.


reset windows password



Much less time required with PassMoz LabWin, right? And the experience is comfortable as a nice graphics user interface. You should really give a try on this tool if you forgot the password.


win version


Windows Version
win version


Mac Version




It is neccessary to reset the user or admin password on Windows Server 2012 as there are important data on the device than a personal computer. The above 2 ways are proven to work on all versions of Windows Servers, including 2012, 2008 and 2016. Please send us feedback or leave comment below if you have any question in resetting password on Windows Server 2012.



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