How to Change the Windows Password Using Remote Desktop

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Windows Remote Desktop is a powerful tool that allows you to have complete control over a Windows machine without being physically seated before it. While the process of using a remote computer is nearly identical to that of a physical one, command keys are different on a remotely controlled system. You will be able to change your Windows desktop password using a special command sequence.

Things You'll Need

  • Remote access to a Windows machine
  • Keyboard
  • Network connection
  • Log into the remote system using your RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) client. On Windows machines, it is called "Remote Desktop Connection" and can be accessed by entering the unquoted command "mstsc" from the Run menu.

  • Use the command sequence to open the security menu once you have logged in. Press the "CTRL" key, "ALT" key and "END" key simultaneously.

  • Select "Change Password" from the menu and enter the old password followed by the new password. Press "OK" to update the password.

Tips & Warnings

  • If a system administrator has disabled the ability for your account to change its password, you will not be able to select the "Change password" option.
  • Changing the password will also change the password you use to connect via Remote Desktop.

References

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