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How to Change Active Directory Password When You Forgot It

Unfortunately, there are a lot of ways you can lose access to your Active Directory user account, one being simple forgetting Active Directory password. This happens more often than you would think! How to reset or change Active Directory password if you forgot the password?

Set BIOS to boot from AD Password Reset CD

In this article, we'll show you the easiest way to change Active Directory password on Windows Server 2008/2003/2000 if you forgot Active Directory password and can't login. Follow the instructions below to create a AD password reset CD and reset/change your lost or forgotten AD password instantly.

Step 1: Create a bootable CD/DVD

Download the AD Password Reset and save it on any computer you have access to. Unzip the downloaded file, there should be an ISO image file: apr.iso. You can use the BurnCDCC program to burn the ISO image to a blank CD/DVD.

Step 2: Set BIOS to boot from CD/DVD

Boot 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.

Choose the BOOT menu and set Boot Device Priority option: Set the 1st Boot Device to CD/DVD-ROM if what you created is a bootable CD/DVD. Press F10 to save your changes.

Step 3: Boot your computer from CD/DVD

Insert the newly burned CD/DVD on your locked computer and restart the computer. The boot loading screen should appear immediately.

AD Password Reset CD is initializing.

After completion of boot process, you see the main interface of AD Password Reset.

AD Password Reset

Step 4: Change Active Directory password

Click the Reset AD Domain Password button. Select your Windows Active Directory database (ntds.dit) file, the program will automatically list all domain accounts. Select a user account and click the Reset button. It will change the password to Password123 by default.

Reset Windows Domain Administrator/User Password

Click the Exit button to reboot the computer.

Now you are able to log into your Active Directory server with the new password! After getting into Windows system, you are able to change the Active Directory password to whatever you'd like to use.

Sounds good?Go ahead and try AD Password Reset today!