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Changing the admin password on a Windows Dedicated Server

This guide will show you how to change the admin password on a Windows dedicated server.

Last updated 2018/06/21


When you install or reinstall a Windows operating system, you are given an admin access password. We strongly recommend that you change it, as detailed in our guide to securing a Dedicated Server. You may also find that you have lost this password, and need to change it.

This guide will take you through the process of changing your server's admin password.



First, boot your server into rescue mode using the WinRescue boot environment. Once the server has rebooted, select the IPMI tab on your server's page in your OVHcloud Control Panel.

For detailed information on how to use the IPMI feauture, please refer to our IPMI guide.

Next, activate the IPMI feature using either the Java applet or your browser. After the IPMI session has started, double-click the NTPWdi server tool on the WinRescue desktop.


Next, click the (Re)open button to display a list of available user accounts.


Now select the root user account from the list and click the Change password button.


Finally, enter the new password twice and then click OK.


Your password has now been changed. Exit the tool, close the IPMI session, and reboot your server back into normal mode.

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