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Hi,

This is a win 2012 server which is not under domain.  There is not thing on this server, but we forgot the password.  We do not have usb pwd reset key as well.

We do have the cd that comes with the box.  Is there any special steps to take in order to reinstall server?  thanks
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awawada earned 350 total points
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Changing Utilman.exe will work http://www.kieranlane.com/2013/09/18/resetting-administrator-password-windows-2012/ But I would reinstall the Server.
Just reinstall the Server and install the latest drivers. Also add the new password in a password safe ^^
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by:efrimpol
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So...

The plan is reinstalling the operating system because of a forgotten password?

Why not just reset the password, as per Microsoft's instructions?

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/70fd1483-fdd1-49a5-8a74-d8eb22c5965d/how-i-reset-windows-server-2012-administrator-password-without-installation-cds?forum=winserver8gen
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@efrimpol
Why do you post the same solution?
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by:mcrmg
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After following the steps, when I press Windows Key + U. I see this instead of changing the pwd prompt.  Not sure why
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Awawada.

So sorry. There were no responses listed before I hit the Submit button. I guess we posted at same time.

But you can have the credit. It's cool.


Mcrmg.

This is not a prompt. It is merely a notification setting.

Does it just sit there or does something happen when you press a key?
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by:efrimpol
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Also try pressing ALT+CTRL+DEL
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that means you did not copy cmd.exe to utilman.exe
cd \windows\system32
ren utilman.exe utilman.old
copy cmd.exe utilman.exe 
reboot

Open in new window

first press ctrl-alt-del to get to the login prompt
press the shift key 5 times and you should now have a cmd prompt
net user administrator Pa$$w0rd
now login as administrator with the password Pa$$w0rd    (0 is the number zero)
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by:mcrmg
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when in cmd, the drive letter is X, do I need to change it to c:?  thanks
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by:efrimpol
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I think link uses D: but it won't hurt to try C: first.
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this is what I have..please have a look..thx
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Type C:\DIR or D:\DIR (or even E:\DIR

see if any of those work to see if any files are listed
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by:awawada
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@efrimpol
No problem efrimpol ^^

@mcrmg
If cd \windows\system32 is not working, you are in the wrong partition.
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update.thanks
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by:awawada
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In the System 32 first run
ren Utilman.exe Utilman.exe.old
then
copy cmd.exe Utilman.exe
Just like in my first link.

Note cd windows\system32 ren Utilman.exe Utilman.exe.old copy cmd.exe Utilman.exe is wrong.
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by:efrimpol
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Correct.

You cannot run multiple executables on the same line. They need to run separately.
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by:efrimpol
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Just like copy/paste in Word.

You must first execute a copy action then execute a paste action.
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working now..you guys saved me a lot of time..thank you
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Great to hear. Remember to close the post.
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