Windows Server: Change User Password Via Remote Desktop

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a multi-channel protocol that allows a user to connect to a computer running Microsoft Terminal Services. The server listens by default on TCP port 3389.

Under remote desktop you can not hit CTRL+ALT+DEL to change password. However, there is another way to change passwords for users on Windows systems via RDP.

  1. Login into server over RDP session.
  2. Click on Start > Windows Security
  3. Click on the “Change Password” button.
  4. Now, enter your old password, then your new password twice in the respective fields.
  5. Finally, click “OK”

The password for your user should be changed.

Task: Change another user’s password on a Windows server

Login into the server with administrative level privileges

  1. Click on “Start”, “Administrative Tools”, then “Computer Management”
  2. Double-click on “Local Users and Groups”
  3. Click on “Users”
  4. Right-Click on the user you wish to change the password for > Click “Set Password” > Proceed
  5. Now, enter in the desired password twice > click “OK” to save the changes.

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34 comments… add one
  • Reza Rahmati Feb 21, 2009, 6:11 am

    Thank u.It was so useful.

  • ahmed anwer Feb 23, 2009, 10:35 am

    thank you very much
    that was helpfull

  • Malayali Community May 28, 2009, 6:05 am

    Thanks a lot.
    Very helpful information to change server password from remote.

  • metal Jun 10, 2009, 2:25 pm

    If you are using remote desktop press only right ALT + DEL

  • BIT Jun 14, 2009, 2:52 pm

    same here thank you so much.

  • Ira Jul 10, 2009, 1:54 pm

    Older Windows server software requires that you find “Windows Security” this way:

    –When logged in remotely to a Windows box, the password change using CTRL-ALT-DELETE will not work.

    — Windows Change Password: Windows Password Change:

    — Start->Settings->Windows Security
    — Press “Change Password”
    — Enter old password and the new password twice in the text boxes
    — Press “OK”

  • Andrew Jun 14, 2010, 3:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing this information. Very useful!

  • M. Danish Aug 18, 2010, 6:28 am

    Thanks a lot for such a useful information. Certainly saved my time and efforts.

  • Pradhap Jan 6, 2011, 2:33 pm

    Thanks a lot for such a usefull information.

  • David Jan 6, 2011, 7:35 pm

    Thanks to all. Ira’s info was especially helpful to me just now.
    Thanks again!

  • Payal shah Mar 29, 2011, 3:31 pm

    thank you very much for sharing information

  • ravi Mar 31, 2011, 9:33 am

    i forgot my admin password for my remote server(windows 2003) how can i change or reset password.any windows command using telnet commands for password change please . any one suggest me ……….


  • Janet Apr 27, 2011, 8:55 pm

    CTRL+ALT+END in RDP does the same thing.

  • newage BoFH Jul 27, 2011, 4:40 pm

    So.. I hit like 10 different sites before coming to yours. Being an old school Unix admin for a large company I am forced to use MS products. My admin account is maintained in MS AD and a password change requirement just arose. So, I telecommute and I have my standard account on a Windows connection via VPN. Sure, ctrl + alt + end works great.. to the first RDP. I needed to change my admin account pass and wasn’t about to log off of my standard session due to the vast amount of junk I always have opened. Trying to find a simple solution to a simple problem started to prve to be not so simple.. Until I stumbled in here. Thank you for this as it just helped to preserve the sliver of sanity I have left..

    newage BoFH

  • Sandeep Oct 6, 2011, 7:32 am

    Thanks a lot all the info given here works.. it is really nice info and things to learn. Thanks a ton.

  • raghuraman g.t Oct 10, 2011, 6:20 am

    Thanks a lot..

  • Amit Aggarwal Oct 20, 2011, 6:33 pm

    Very Useful information…thanks a lot

  • Kashif Nov 13, 2011, 5:56 am

    thanks a lot

  • Dave Feb 5, 2012, 9:39 pm

    Thanks Vivek,

    This was very helpful.
    As an alternate to (1.Click on “Start”, “Administrative Tools”, then “Computer Management”), you can
    1.Click on “Start”, right-click on “Computer”, then select “Manage” to find the same “Local Users and Groups” options, which was the way I had to do this under a Windows 7 client attempting to adjust a remote Windows 7 host.


  • Paulina Feb 29, 2012, 1:22 pm


    I am unable to connect using RDP from another computer, due to missing my user name and password of my computer. am not with my computer at the moment but have my RDP enter from other computer but need to reset my username and password. Please help me on HOW TO CHANGE USER NAME AND PASSWORD FROM RDP. I NEED TO GET TO MY DESKTOP TO CHANGE THE ADMINISTRATOR PASSWORD.. PLEASE i NEED STEPS TO GAIN THIS BACK.


  • Larry Geiger Mar 2, 2012, 9:15 pm

    It was staring me in the face and I didn’t see it until I read this.


  • I Ribeiro Apr 5, 2012, 12:24 pm

    Ira answered it correctly, thanks

  • Balaji May 11, 2012, 5:07 am

    Many thanks Janet

  • rose May 15, 2012, 9:58 am

    Thanks a lot, saved a lot of time rather than calling IT.

  • Chandrasekaran Raju May 29, 2012, 1:51 pm

    Thanks a lot…

  • Shiva Jul 12, 2012, 3:39 am

    Nice, Simple and precise…Thanks for posting this…


  • Bunny Foo Foo Aug 6, 2012, 3:53 pm

    You are a beautiful person for sharing this valuable information.

  • akhtar Aug 12, 2012, 6:34 am

    Help me…
    I not know what’s my pc username and password
    How can I remote my pc , or any toturial for I unsecured remote control of pc please…

  • Guenther Schmitz Dec 18, 2012, 5:07 pm

    how would a user do this on a terminal server server with windows server 2012?


  • Guenther Schmitz Dec 18, 2012, 5:29 pm

    just found it …

    try this: “CTRL + ALT + END” …

  • RoshanJ Nov 26, 2013, 8:39 am

    This is the only thing works for me. Thank you so much…

  • mash Jan 16, 2014, 12:36 am

    you’re the man dude thanks

  • Rain Oct 8, 2014, 12:47 am

    The steps to change password using RD connection works for me. Thank you for this very good information.

  • Untubo Apr 19, 2016, 10:45 pm

    I believe windows server 2012 R2 is different. It doens’t have a Windows Security panel.

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