How can I reset password on Windows 2012 without knowing it?

alexus asked:

I’m running virtual environment w/ Windows 2012 for about a month and Windows just reminded me that I should change my password soon as otherwise it’ll expired. I don’t remember my current password as it was saved into my configuration file. needless to say I AM an Administrator of the box and I do have administrative privilege (including changing password). I’ve tried going through Management but Windows suggests that I do it only using CTRL+ALT+DEL (the only problem with that it will ask me for my current password and once again I dont know it). I Googled but so far I found bunch of 3rd party utilities that supposedly deals with it, yet I’m looking for a bit kosher way aka “Microsoft approved / recommended” (if you will).

how shall I proceed?

My answer:


If you’re still logged in when you forgot your password, then you can reset it in Computer Management.

  1. Press Win+Q, type Computer Management into the search box, and press Enter. If you are using Server Core, start compmgmt.msc from the command prompt.
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  2. On the left pane, expand System Tools, then expand Local Users and Groups, then click on Users.
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  3. In the center pane, right-click on Administrator and then click Set Password…
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  4. Click Proceed.
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  5. Change your password.
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