Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers using Offline NT password tool

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers using Offline NT password tool

In this blog, we will show you the Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers using Offline NT password tool.

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Office Windows password tool
  • Windows VM.

 

DOWNLOAD PASSWORD RECOVERY TOOL

  • Open the web browser and access the below URL.

http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/

 

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers

 

  • Click on the Bootdisk and scroll down and click on the cd110511.zip file.

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers

 

MOUNTING THE IMAGE

Note : We are using Hyper-V VM for this demostration.

 

  • Open Hyper-V and right click on the VM and select settings.

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers

 

  • Click on CD/DVD Drive.

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers

 

  • Under Media, select the image file option and add the password recovery ISO file.

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers

 

  • Also, make sure that CD should be first boot device in the boot order list.

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers

 

RESETTING THE PASSWORD

  • Boot the VM and the first screen will be shown as below.

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers

 

  • Hit ENTER for next screen.

 

  • Specify the correct boot partition and press ENTER. In this demo, it’s the second partition.

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers

 

  • It verifies the NTFS partition and found the config folder path. Hit Enter to continue.

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers

 

  • It shows few pre-defined options, Type 1 for password reset.

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers

 

  • Type 1 for editing user data and passwords.

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers

 

  • Now it will show the list of users available in the VM (or) server. Need to type the user RID to reset the password. In this demo, we type administrator user RID as 01F4.

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers

 

  • Now type 1 to clear the password. It means it will be blank password.

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers

 

  • Now password cleared for the administrator account. Press ! to quit from the menu.

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers

 

  • Type q to quit from this menu and its prompts to save the changes on the disk. Type Y to confirm.

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers

 

  • It will show “EDIT COMPLETE” and type n to exit.

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers

 

  • It will exit from the password reset screen completely.

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers

 

  • Stop the VM and remove the ISO and start the VM to verify the changes.

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers

 

 

CREATING BOOT DISK FOR USB

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers

 

  • Make sure that USB drive is formatted in the FAT32 File system.

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers

 

  • Extract the files from downloaded zip file usb140201.zip to USB disk.

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers

 

  • To make the bootable USB drive, type the below command from the command prompt. Make sure you are in right USB drive.

syslinux.exe -ma F:

Steps to Reset administrator password for Windows Servers

 

Note: In this demo, the USB is F:\ drive, it may vary based on your environment.

 

  • Now the USB is a bootable one, you can boot the physical machine with this USB to reset the administrator password for the Windows machine.

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Thanks for reading this blog. We hope it was useful for you to learn to reset the administrator password for Windows servers and VM.



Author: Loges
Logeswaran holds Microsoft certified engineer & solution architect certifications with over 11+ years of experience in the fields of hosting technologies and IMS/Cloud consulting. At AssistanZ, Logeswaran spearheads the strategic planning and execution of the company’s Microsoft based core technologies to Enterprise clients.

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