Wednesday, October 31, 2012

How to change SID on Windows7/Windows 2008

Microsoft does not support newSID any more. Infact newSID was a myth- see this link-

You could use NewSID on Windows Server 2008, but when you try to use it on Windows Server 2008 R2 it won’t work, actually, it will “destroy” operating system.

First, click to Start->Run, type sysprep and press OK.


This will open sysprep folder which is located in c:\Windows\System32. Open sysprep application.

This will open System Preparation Tool 3.14 window. As a System Cleanup Action select Enter System Out-of-Box Experience (OOBE). Important: select Generalize if you want to change SID, it’s not selected by default. As Shutdown Options select Reboot.

It will take some time for sysprep to finish, so grab a cup of coffee and wait.

After rebooting you’ll have to enter some data, for example, Country or region, Time and currency and Keyboard input.

Also, you’ll have to accept EULA. And that’s it. After booting, in Server Manager you’ll see that everything is changed, if you had some settings set now they’re changed.

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