How to change Administrator password

The following info came from the SBS Product team on the best way to change the password on the Administrator account:


To change the password, however, you can use any of the methods that any user would use to change their own password, plus some others. For example:

1. When logged in as Administrator, press Ctrl-Alt-Del, click the “Change > Password” button, and change the password.
— or —
2. Open Active Directory Users and Computers, find the Administrator object, right-click on it and select “Reset Password.”


Note that option 1 is preferred, as option 2 forces the password to be reset, which can cause the account to lose access to encrypted files and potentially other data.

David Jones
SBS Product Team

26 thoughts on “How to change Administrator password

  1. Sir,
    My account type is Limited account, but my system administrator password set to other member. But his person leaved in out my co.
    Some clients are advised to Formatting the Windows XP, but the original registered softwares are corrupted,

    So, please give bring a good idea for Identified or reset a administrator password. Pls help quick reply

    Thanks
    Regards,
    Muthu Raja

  2. ok i really need help please

    there are two accounts on my computer the administrator and the limited account i am the administrator and have forgotton my password i never made a reset password disk so i cant use that so i am using the limited account and i have been trying to figure out a way to get back on to my account but havent found a way

    thankyou
    please have a quick response this is urgent

  3. Sir

    I have only one admin acct in my sys and thats me and I cant remember my psw and I dont have any xp cd or anything this is the situation Im facing now, how to change the psw reply plz…

  4. i wnt 2 download somting butt my admin. won’t give me those prvileges. how do i chng his pswrd wthout going nto his accnt?

  5. ok i already change administrator password in limited account…
    you don’t need to format and loose your programs and files… its to simple if you know how to repair windows xp… that is a hint for you all guys…

  6. I have accidently deleted a file called “SYSTEM” in the folder “config” in “system32” and so when I turn on my computer it advises me to do a repair. So I put in my XP CD and it goes through all the things but 99% of the time a blue screen appears when the options to start installion and repair etc. On the blue screen appears a messge saying something along he lines of “A problem has occured, windows has prevented this action blah blah to prevent any damage to your computer”. However sometimes the menu does come up. So I press “r” (repair) and then it asks for the administrator password. I enter my user password and that does not work. I thought I AM the admin because on my user is the option to create other users and change users passwords. However then I discovered safe mode. On the safe mode login screen is administrator and my user. I don’t need to enter a password to access the administraor user! So to be honest, I don’t think I have an administrator password, but it requires a password to continue with the repair! I am very confused and annoyed! Please help me!

    Thanks, Tom.

  7. Hello,
    I’ve been going through the internet searching for ways to either hack, or change the password of the Local Administrative Account, through a Limited Account, I’ve been locked out of my Administrator account because I changed the password the night before & I was just wiped out, so I woke up the next morning & I literally forgot the password. The program I have running is Windows XP. I’ve tried the following procedure:

    Click ‘run’
    Type ‘cmd’ or ‘command prompt’
    Type ‘net user’
    Type ‘net user administrator *’

    Here’s where the problem comes into play, as soon as I type that into the prompt, ‘type a password for the user’
    I attempt to type a new password but the prompt would not let me type anything, even numbers, I don’t get any error messages, but I simply can’t change the password. The only button that would work is ‘enter’
    I hit that three times and I get ‘Access Denied’

    What am I to do? I would appreciate any help on this matter.

    Keep in mind, I’ve also tried to gain access to Administrative privledges through the Limited Account, yet I would receive an error message, I’ve tried this process multiple times just to make sure I typed everything according to the forums I visited but to no avail.

    Thank you,

  8. When you do that in the command promt, and they asked u to type a new password and nothing comes out its cause it is like that.

    the words are there just that u cant see them.

    just type the damn password and press enter, confirm it and press enter, your password will never be visible on the command promt, not even in *

    Also u have to see if your password has any restrictions to it, like more than 6 words or special characters, be sure to type a suitable password if not u will just get access denied.

    lrn2play noob

  9. sir,
    i’ve tried many methods of changing the admin password through a limited account, likr- ‘net users’, ‘change userpasswords2’, & even through ‘system32’ but have failed to do so. plz do help!

    thanks

  10. Want Fastest way join your Windows XP any user
    Go to
    Start
    Run
    Type “Control userpassword2” Then ok
    Choose Administrator
    Then Go To Reset Password
    Type Your New Password
    Confirm the new password
    Congratulation you can now enter your administrator by the new password

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  11. i cannot get a limented account to become an admin account i need help canot remember the old pass for admin and have no xp disk need help fast

  12. Respected,

    I am only soul of my computer firstly i am using 2 account 1) ADMINISTRATOR & (2) LIMITED account but few days ago i forgot my administrator account , NOW I REALLY WANT 2 KNOW MY ADMINISTRATOR PASSWORD Please help.
    I did not want 2 format my pc, Kindly suggest any other way 2 solve these problem.
    My ID is surendu_roy@yahoo.com or +91 98305 86110

    Thanks.

  13. Hello sir,
    I am using two accounts Administrator & Guest, i want to change my Administrator account’s password from my Guest’s account login,I do not want to format my PC & i don’t know my Administrator’s password,please suggest me about this problem,my Email Address is vickys_be@yahoo.co.in

    Thanks.

  14. I have been given a Dell Laptop with Administor and guest log in. Owner forgot Admin p/w and I need to change some info. How can I change to Administors pw
    I have tried with xp CD but it by passes the repair disk and go directly to format. Pleas how can I chanage the pw.
    mlarkin@clearwire.net

  15. Yes, i Prefer this..

    nice tuto and thnx for them..

    who help me for the check my password email..
    because i Forget my password.. and who can help me..?!
    remember Email : albert.-@hotmail.t

  16. Hi, Could you please helpme understand how it is possible for two administrators on my pc can change each others password. Mt wife recently changed mine from her screen which effcectively logged me out of my pc.

  17. Yes, i Prefer this..

    nice tuto and thnx for them..

    who help me for the check my password email..

    because i Forget my password.. and who can help me..?!

    remember Email : albert.-@hotmail.t
    ##############################

    forgotten email password and only give email as contact?! haha!!!

  18. Hello!
    My account type is Limited account, but my system administrator password set to other member.
    Some clients are advised to Formatting the Windows XP, but the original registered softwares are corrupted,

    So, please give a good idea for Identified or reset a administrator password. Pls help.

    Thanks

    Don.N

  19. Follow these steps

    1. open notpad
    2. type “command.com”
    3. save as *.bat in desktop
    4. open the file from desktop
    5. type “netuser” (you can see one or more user names) for example if ur user name is nimmu (administrator)
    6. then type “netusernimmu
    7. type netusernimmu ****** *this will be ur new password

  20. i want ot say that i can change the text on sxp start button & now i have a problem in changing the password on xp administrator if you have any idias for tell me for furthur assestance

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