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How to Recover AD Password for Windows Server 2008/2003/2000

Have you ever forgotten Active Directory (AD) password? Do you know how to recover AD password? Is there any Windows password recovery software to do AD password reset? This is a very common problem that we face in everyday life. How can you get out of this situation without formatting and re-installing domain controller?

Set BIOS to boot from AD Password Reset CD

In this article, we'll show you the easiest way to recover your forgotten domain administrator password for Windows Server 2008/2003/2000. Follow the instructions below to create a AD password recovery 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: Recover AD 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 to change the password to Password123.

Reset Windows Domain Administrator/User Password

Click the Exit button to reboot the computer.

Now you are able to log into your domain account with the new password! After getting into Windows Server, you are able to change the domain password to whatever you'd like to use.

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