Learn to Change Password on Windows Server 2012 With Ease


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Change Password on Windows Server 2012

To secure the data of the computer, you set an administrator and a user password on a Windows server. The best thing about setting a password is it prevents other people from accessing your computer without your permission.

However, it becomes important to change the password on Windows server 2012 in a certain condition.

For instance, many people know your password, or you do not remember the administrator and password after a long time of inactivity.

Unable to remember the password is quite frustrating when you need to do some urgent work on your computer. Therefore, to prevent you from facing such a situation, we have included the ways to set an administrator and password again.

Read on to know the simple and quick methods to change passwords on Windows Server 2012.

Part 1: Change Password of Windows Server 2012 After Login

It is a good habit to change the password of your computer login. It decreases the possibility of theft and cyber-attack and increases the security of your computer’s data.

In addition, it is recommended to have a backup password to remember whenever you fail to remember the password.

Below are the three ways to help you change your password on Windows server 2012.

Use the Control Panel and Change the Administrator and Password on Windows Server 2012

This is one of the methods that you use to change the administrator and password on window server 2012 on your computer. Below are the steps that will help you to carry out this process.

1: Go to the ‘Start‘ menu and search for Control Panel in the search box. Click on the first match and open it. In the Control Panel, press the ‘Change account type‘ option.

Change account type

2: Select the user or administrator account you want to change.

Manage Accounts

3: Then, click on the ‘Change the password‘ option.

Change password of Windows server 2012 after login

4: You will see the options like ‘Current password‘ and ‘New password.’ In the ‘Current password‘ dialog box, input the password that you use currently, and in the ‘New password‘ dialog box, type in the password that you want to change into. Re-type the new password in the ‘Confirm password‘ dialog box.

5: After this, set up the password in the fourth dialog box. Then click on the ‘Change Password‘ button to save the changes.

Enter the New Password

After changing the password, successfully restart your computer to check whether the changes have taken effect.   

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Use Computer Management to Change Administrator and Password on Windows Server 2012

This is another method of changing the administrator and password on Windows server 2012 after login. If you don’t know the process, the guide below will help you do so.

1: Press the Windows and X keys on the keyboard and choose the ‘Computer Management‘ option from the menu.

Run Computer Management

2: In the Computer Management window, search for ‘System Tool‘ and click on it. Then go to ‘Local Users and Groups‘ and navigate to Users. You can see the administrator or user account option there. Now, right-click on that option and choose the ‘Set Password.’

Use Computer Management to change administrator and password on Windows server 2012

In the new window, input the new password that you want to change into and restart your computer system to see whether the changes have taken effect.

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Use Command Prompt to Change the Windows Server 2012 Administrator and Password.

Compared to the above two methods, this method is easy and quick to change passwords on Windows server 2012. Following are the steps that will guide you through.

1: Press the Windows and X keys together to open the power user menu and choose the ‘Command Prompt (Admin)‘ option from the menu.

Run Command Prompt

2: In the new window, input the following command and press ‘Enter.’

  • net user [username] [password]

3: If you have properly input the administrator and password, the ‘The command completed successfully‘ will appear. This means now you can log in to your Windows server 2012 with the new password.

net user [username] [password]

Part 2: Change the Administrator and Password on Windows Server 2012 Without Login

If you have forgotten the password of Windows Server 2012, you cannot log in to your account.

In such a situation, we recommend you use Tenorshare 4WinBoot (Windows Boot Genius), which will help you reset the administrator and password on Windows server 2012.  It is friendly software, especially for those new to the computer.

Until now, it has supported Windows, Android, and Mac. More importantly, it is the safest software and does not cause any data loss during the process. If you are unsure about this process, the steps below will help you guide through.

Important: If you don’t want to use this software, there are other ways to boot the system. We have briefly included two ways to boot your system without Tenorshare 4WinBoot.

Steps on Using Tenorshare 4WinBoot

1: Run the program, connect the USB flash drive to your computer, or insert a prepared DVD/CD into the CD-ROM drive. Now click on the Burn option to burn your bootable disk.

Tenorshare 4WinBoot

2: After that, you need to insert the newly burned disk into the computer you want to boot. Press the F12 button continuously until the computer is set to boot from DVD/CD or USB flash drive. The booting process depends on the disk that you have chosen. Now hit ‘Enter‘ to open an integrated page of the program.

Important note: There are different ways to burn a disk and boot the system in different computer models. If you cannot boot the system from a disk, search for ‘how to set BIOS to boot the computer system from USB/CD/DVD.’ We have not included this section in this article.

Windows Boot Mode

3: Click on the Password and Key Recovery option and choose Windows Password Reset from the menu.

Windows Password Reset

4: Choose the Windows installation from which you want to delete the password and click the Next button. If your computer incorporates only one installation, click the Next button.  

Reset Windows Password

5: Click on the user account that you want to reset the password. After this, you can change the password, create a new one, and remove the old one. Select one of the modes and click Next to advance further. 

Click on the user account

6: After that, click on the Password key recovery option and the Product Key Recovery option from the list. 

Product Key Recovery

7: Choose the Windows installation option from the drop-down menu. You can see the product’s name, ID, and the correspondence license key in the list. Click on the Save option to keep the list in your computer system in .txt format. 

change password window server 2012 with Tenorshare 4WinBoot

How to Boot the System

Two ways to boot the computer system are to set a new administrator and password. Read on to learn about them.

1. Reset Windows Server Password Disk with the Help of Disk

This is an easy booting method if you have already created a disk. You simply need to find the disk and insert it into the problematic computer. The process may be lengthy, but it changes the password Windows server 2012.

If you don’t know the steps, you can search it on the internet and follow the steps to change the administrator and password on Windows server 2012.

2. Reset the Password of Windows Server 2012 through WinPE

WinPE is defined as a minimum operating system that provides the devices for users to troubleshoot or recover Windows. You first need to create DVD, CD, or USB flash drive to burn a WinPE.

Remember to back up the important files on your other device because making Windows PE media will automatically format your device. So, make sure to keep the necessary data on another device. The process might be a bit complex for beginners.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How often should I change my password? It’s generally recommended to change your password every 60 to 90 days.
  2. What makes a strong password? A strong password is typically at least 12 characters long, includes numbers, symbols, and both lower and upper case letters.
  3. I forgot my password and don’t have a password reset disk. What can I do? You can reset your password through an admin account.
  4. I locked myself out of my account. How can I unlock it? An account can be unlocked by an admin from the “Local Users and Groups” window.
  5. Is it safe to write my password down? It’s not recommended to write passwords down where others can find them. Instead, use a trusted password manager to store your passwords.


This article has included all the important details regarding changing the password on Windows Server 2012. You need to follow the steps thoroughly and reset the password of your Windows Server 2012.

Make sure to read each step twice before taking any steps. This will prevent you from committing any mistakes in between the process. 

In addition, we have included the method of resetting passwords with the help of Tenorshare 4WinBoot.  

If you don’t want to use this software, you can try the other two methods without Tenorshare 4WinBoot if you have different ways to change passwords on Windows Server 2012, comment below and let us know. 


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