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How to change RDP account password

Ekaterina Neverova
July 13, 2020

One of the good habits of any PC user, and especially a system administrator, is to periodically change account passwords. The main thing is not to forget it later.

In operating systems of the Microsoft Windows Server family, it is common to use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Alt + Del to change the password the problem is that the “three buttons” cannot be used through “Remote Desktop Connection”. Let’s see how to change the password anyway.

In Windows Server 2008, this can be done from the Start menu by clicking on “Windows Security”.

On the updated screen, select “Change Password”.

We enter the old password and the new one and it’s confirmation.

In Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2, the task has become somewhat more complicated.

Open the notebook and write two lines:

set objShell = CreateObject("shell.application")

We save the file with the extension * .vbs (we write manually.). To do this, select File -> Save as …

In a new window, select the directory to save the file, for example, Desktop. In the File type, select All files, and in the File name, specify an arbitrary name, for example, 1.vbs.

After saving the file, it is ready for execution. Double-clicking with the left mouse button will bring up a screen in which “Change password” should be selected.

Further, everything is familiar.

Fill in the fields with the old password, indicate the new password and its confirmation. Click on the arrow icon.

The Windows Server 2016 OS pleases with its attention to the user, but to change the password remotely, you still need to search for this item.

Open the Start menu and click on the user’s icon, select “Change account settings” in the menu that opens.

In the “Parameters” window that opens, select “Login parameters”, and in the Password section, click on the Change button.

In a new window, specify the current password and click on the Next button.

The window will be updated and ask for a new password, its confirmation, as well as a hint for the password. Click on the button “Next”. As a result, click on the Finish button. The next login will be with a new password.

An alternative way

This method is applicable both for changing the password for your account and the accounts of other users.

From the Start menu, select Administration (“Administration Tools” in Windows Server 2016).

In a new window, double-click open “Computer Management”.

In the left part of the window that opens, open the “Local users and groups” branch and open the Users folder. In the main part of the window, right-click on the user and select “Set Password …” in the context menu.

The system will issue a warning. Having carefully read which and having realized all the risks, click on the “Continue” button. Otherwise, “Cancel.»

In a new window, specify the new password and its confirmation. When finished, click on the OK button.

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