How to Recover Windows 2008 Local Administrator Password

July 23rd, 2013 by Admin Leave a reply »

I have forgotten the local administrator password of Windows 2008. That is the only account and I can’t login now. There are critical data on the server that we can’t afford to lose. How can I recover Windows 2008 password?

Nowadays we have so many passwords to remember, it wouldn’t be surprising if you forget your password every once in a while. So what to do if you forgot Windows 2008 local administrator password? With PCUnlocker Live CD you can recover lost or forgotten Windows 2008 local administrator password easily.

How to Recover Windows 2008 Local Administrator Password?

  1. First of all, you need to create a PCUnlocker Live CD using another computer. Click here to download PCUnlocker and save it on the computer. Once downloaded, extract the ISO file from the ZIP file. Burn the ISO image file to a CD using ISO2Disc, BurnCDCC, ImgBurn or other burning software.
  2. After burning the PCUnlocker ISO image to disc, go to the Windows 2008 computer that you’re trying to gain access to. Insert the PCUnlocker Live CD into your CD/DVD drive and then restart the computer. You’ll probably need to make changes to the boot order in BIOS in order to get the computer to boot from PCUnlocker Live CD.
  3. PCUnlocker program will start once the boot process is complete. It automatically locates the Windows SAM registry file which contains the encrypted user account information, and displays a list of local user accounts existing on your Windows 2008 system.
  4. Select the local administrator account and click on “Reset Password” button. The program will remove your Windows 2008 local administrator password in seconds.
  5. Restart the computer and take out PCUnlocker Live CD from the CD/DVD drive. When Windows logon screen appears, you can log into the local administrator account without a password!

Besides recovering Windows 2008 local administrator password, PCUnlocker could also be used to recover local administrator passwords on Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP. It supports both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows operating systems.