Lost User Id and Password for Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition

Posted on 2009-12-27
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I have just purchased and configured (I thought) a new bottom end server machine with Windows Server 2003 standard edition. During the configuration sequence I don't remember being asked for a user Id, though I do remember being asked for a password. All of the software was pre-loaded by the manufacturer so I didn't have to use any of the CD's they provided, I just did the configuration. Well it did it's final re-boot after being configured and now wants to know my user id and password. Is there any way I can recover from this without doing a complete re-install from the CD's?
Question by:Rob4077
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    download and burn password reset cd image. boot your server up with it and then clear administartor
    password. then you can set a new password for administrator
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    You say you remember being asked for a password? Try username as administrator and your password first. If that doesnt work it may be simpler to just reinstall from CD.

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    by:Glen Knight
    As already said if you rememer being asked fir a password then the default username will be administrator with the password you gave.

    If that's no good then download the Ultimate Boot CD for windows:

    and set the administrator password to blank <null> and then restart and logn using Administrator and no password.

    You will also find lots if other handy utilities on the UBCD

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    Hi everyone, thanks for your suggestions. The answer was that administrator was the user id. As soon as I used that and my password I made it in. Points go to jeff 01 because he was first in with the solution, but thanks to all of you for your input

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