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"I've forgotten my administrator password for an old Windows Server 2003, I want to use the server for another project and have lost my password list in a site relocation move. How can I recover and reset the administrator password without having to reinstall the whole operating system?"

Forgot Windows Server 2003 administrator password and can't get past the login screen? Disgruntled employee locked the server and will not give up the password? If you can't log in with another administrative account, then you need to resort to a Windows password recovery software.

WindowsUnlocker is the right software that can help you reset Windows Server 2003 password on local admin and domain admin accounts easily. Follow the steps below to reset your forgotten Windows Server 2003 administrator password with ease:

1 Burn a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive

  1. Download and save the WindowsUnlocker self-extracting ZIP file to an accessible PC, then decompress the ZIP archive which there should be an ISO image file: pcunlocker.iso inside.
  2. Insert a blank CD/DVD or USB flash drive into the computer.
  3. Download and install the ISO2Disc utility, launch the program.
  4. Click the Browse button to locate your ISO image file, then click the Start Burn button to burn the ISO image to your CD/DVD or USB flash drive.

    Burn ISO Image to CD/DVD or USB flash drive

2 Change BIOS Settings

  1. Turn on your locked computer. When it is powered on, check the boot-screen for setup key (i.e. DELETE key, F8 key, F2 key) to enter BIOS Setup Utility.
  2. Use the arrow keys to select the BOOT tab, then change the Boot Device Priority: Set CD/DVD as the 1st boot device so you can boot off the CD, or set Removable Device if you want to boot from USB flash drive.

    BIOS Setting

  3. Press F10 to save your changes. Now your computer is able to boot from CD/DVD or USB flash drive.

3 Reset Windows Server 2003 Administrator Password

  1. Insert the newly burned CD/DVD or USB flash drive into your locked computer, then restart the computer.
  2. The computer will load the operating system inside the CD/DVD or USB drive. After one or two minutes, it will launch the WindowsUnlocker program.

    Reset Windows Password

  3. You can reset both Windows local administrator password and domain administrator password easily. While resetting Windows Server 2003 password, the program will also unlock/enable the administrator account in the background if it is locked out or disabled.

    Reset Windows Local Administrator Password

    Simply select the Windows SAM registry hive from the list, the program will display a list of Windows local user accounts. Choose the administrator account and click Reset Password button. It will remove your forgotten password instantly.

    Reset Windows Domain Administrator Password

    Simply select the Active Directory database file (ntds.dit), the program will list all domain accounts for your Windows 2003 domain controller. Select the administrator account and click the Reset Password button, the password will be changed to Password123.

  4. Click the Restart button to reboot the computer and remove the CD/DVD or USB drive, you can then log in to Windows Server 2003 administrator account successfully.

In addition, WindowsUnlocker utility also enables you to reset forgotten Windows password on Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2008 and 2000, including both 32-bit and 64-bit operating system.

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