Reset local administrator password for Windows Server 2016

  1. Boot the server from Windows Server 2016 Installation DVD
  2. SHIFT + F10 when Setup screen is loaded
  3. Execute the following (switch Ease of Access with cmd)
    cd windows\system32
    ren Utilman.exe Utilman.exe.original
    copy cmd.exe Utilman.exe
    shutdown -r -t 0
  4. Remove DVD and press Windows Key+U on Welcome screen.
  5. Set a new password
    net user Administrator NewPassword123
  6. Rename Utilman.exe.original back to Utilman.exe

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