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How to Reset SQL User Password Using Ingenious Ways

Published By Ashwani Tiwari
Tej Pratap Shukla
Approved By Tej Pratap Shukla
Published On May 21st, 2022
Reading Time 5 Minutes Reading

Hey, I am using Microsoft SQL Server 2016. But, last night, when I was entering my password, it shows error message 18456. I really don’t understand what’s going wrong with my User login account password. Please let me know how should I reset SQL user password.

As we know that MS SQL Server is relational database management. The relational database offers users to store their data in a structured format using rows and columns. Due to this structural format, the data storage becomes easy to locate and access specific values in the database. Relational database management means the value of each table is related to each other.

But there are many similar situations where users create tough passwords and forget them easily. In such a situation, if you lost the SQL Server account login password and looking for a solution that how to reset your MS SQL User password, then read this article. Here we outline all the possible workarounds that let you know how to recover lost System Administrator (SA) & User database account passwords.

How to Reset SQL User Password – Superlative Ways

In the subsequent section, we will discuss three effective methods to recover the password of SQL Server 2017 / 2014 / 2012 / 2008 / 2008 R2 / 2005.

1. Recover SQL User Password using Software Solution

2. CMD to Reset SQL Server Password

3. Change SQL Server User Login Password Via Management Studio

#Method 1: Easiest Way to Reset SQL User Password

No matter how time-consuming and complicated the process is to recover the password. The MDF Password Recovery Tool can do this very easily. It is devised to reset the complex password applied to the Microsoft SQL Server database. This tool is capable to change the User as well as the SA password of SQL Server Management Studio. It is the most trusted and 100 % safe and effective tool for SQL login account password recovery.

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To reset the password, there is no need for administrative rights. The user needs only the master.mdf file to change the password. This tool is capable to change the Multilingual Password of the user’s login account. It gives you an option to recover a specific login account. As well as this software gives you an option to set a new password once you select a specific user. This SQL Password Recovery tool is easily set up on Windows 10 and its below versions too.

Above all, it is a beneficial tool for both System Administrator and User Login password recovery. So whenever users forgot or lost their passwords they can easily restore them with this utility.

Follow The Steps Below and Learn How to Reset SQL User Login Password

Step 1. First, install and run the software on your system.

Step 2. Now, click on the Browse button and upload the master.mdf file.

Step 3. After that, all the Login account appears on the screen.

Step 4. Now, choose the accountSA or User whose password a user want to change>> click on Reset Password

Step 5. Now, set the New Password under the Password Setting window.

#Method 2: How to Reset  SQL Login Password Using Command Prompt

There is a manual method available to restore the SQL Server Login password. But for this, your Windows account must be a member of your local administrator group. Otherwise, you are not able to use this approach. Now, let’s see the working steps.

Step 1. First, Open the cmd as an administrator and run the following command.

Osql -S <SQL_Instance_Name> -E

Note: To open Command Prompt press the Windows+R key and type cmd or you can open cmd with the window search bar.

Step 2. Once the above command is executed, run this query in the cmd window.

EXEC sp_password NULL, ‘New_Password’, ‘Login_Name’


Now, you set the new password for your User account

#Method 3: Reset SQL Server Password using SQL Server Management Studio

This method is also a manual approach to recovering SQL passwords using the management studio. So let’s see the working steps of this process.

Step 1. First, log in to the SQL Server Management Studio and connect with it.

Step 2. Now, in the left-side panel, go to Object Explorer and expand the Security option. After that, expand the Login section too.

Step 3. After that, select the account whose password you want to change. Then right-click on it and select the Properties option.

Step 4. Now, under the Login Properties window, you can change the User password and confirm it. Then click on OK.


There is no option available to access your database when you realize that you forgot your password for the MS SQL Server login account. So, in this article, you will learn how to reset SQL user password or SA passwords in an effective manner. Now, it is depending upon you to choose any method according to your requirements.


By Ashwani Tiwari

I am an Expert Technical Analyst, specialized in assisting users with complex technological challenges. Through my blogs and articles, I offer expert guidance to help tackle these technical issues effectively. My true passion lies in providing valuable insights and simplifying complicated technicalities, enhancing user understanding and confidence.