Friday, January 8, 2010

Server 2008 - Windows cannot change the password

After building a Server 2008 SP2 member server I realized that I had set the administrator password to the wrong one. CTRL-ALT-DELETE change password resulted in an "Access Denied" error. At this point I went to the Control Panel - User Accounts - Change your Password option.

"Windows cannot change the password"

"This behavior can occur because the Administrator account logon option appears only in Safe mode if more than one account is created on the system. The Administrator account is available in Normal mode only if there are no other accounts on the system. "

  1. Start
  2. In search type mmc
  3. File - Add/Remove Snap-in
  4. Local users and Groups -- Add
  5. Finish - OK
  6. Expand to Users
  7. Right Click Administrator - Set Password
  8. Proceed
  9. Enter new password - OK

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