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Changing your password while in a Remote Desktop session

with 30 comments

When your password is about to expire on a remote network which you access via remote desktop then how do you change your password?

Easy just press Ctrl-Alt-Del and the Windows Security screen (“Lock this computer/Switch User/ … /Change a password/…”) comes up.

Errr, well, actually, no it doesn’t.  The screen for your local computer comes up, not the screen on the remote computer.

So what now?  Do you just quietly sob?  Do you scream at the remote desktop machine and throw things at your monitor?

Never fear.  All is not lost.  Try “Ctrl-Alt-End” and, surprise, surprise, the screen you want on the remote machine appears and you can now change your pesky password.

For info on more keyboard shortcuts while in a Remote Desktop session:  Remote Desktop Tips and Tricks

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Written by gsdwriter

February 9, 2010 at 10:01 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. What if you can only access a remote desktop through another remote desktop? I tried your trick in that situation and it locked the first remote desktop, even though I was working in the second remote desktop.

    jonz

    July 15, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    • Press WindowsKey+R – then type OSK (It will open ‘on-screen-keyboard in your remote-remote session). Or open on-screen-keyboard in different way.
      Then press on your physical keyboard (not on that on screen!!) ctrl and alt keys. Using your mouse tick DEL key on ‘On-screen-keyboard’.
      Works well for me 🙂

      Wlodeek

      August 7, 2013 at 7:21 am

      • Wlodeek, thanks for that tip – I couldn’t get Ctrl + Alt + End to respond, but pressing Ctrl and Alt, then clicking Delete did the trick.

        smushkat

        August 9, 2013 at 10:27 am

      • Thanks Wlodeek. That’s one really neat trick to get around the limitations. It wors really well. I was remoting into my work computer through a virtual machine and none of the other methods I tried worked including Ctrl+Alt+End because it brought up the menu on my virtual machine instead of remote computer (my work machine). Your tip works great though. Thanks again.

        Shashank

        January 2, 2014 at 8:56 am

      • How do i change someone elses RDP password

        John

        July 11, 2014 at 5:13 am

      • @John – if you have admin rights then you can just go in as you normally would and reset the user’s password.

        gsdwriter

        July 11, 2014 at 6:39 am

  2. @jonz
    If your remote-remote machine is Win2003 or Win2008, you can go to the Start Menu and select “Windows Security”. You’ll get the same screen as if you’d hit the Ctrl-Alt-End combo when “singly remoted” and then you can select “Change Password”.

    I haven’t tried it with non-server versions of Windows. You could try typing “Change Password” in the start menu search box and see what comes up. I think there was a search feature in XP that you could try. Next thing to do is search through the Control Panel, then the Administrative Tools in “All Programs” if you have that option.

    I hope that helps.

    gsdwriter

    July 17, 2011 at 8:58 am

  3. Thanks!! That worked on server 2003.

    jonz

    July 18, 2011 at 7:05 pm

  4. […] Changing your password while in a Remote Desktop session When your password is about to expire on a remote network which you access via remote desktop then how do you change your password? […]

  5. Thanks a lot!

    Vignesh Nadar

    June 21, 2012 at 5:37 am

  6. thank you so much.

    itssmee

    August 19, 2012 at 3:34 am

  7. Nice! Thanks

    hurls

    August 29, 2012 at 7:16 am

  8. Groso!!!

    2Pala

    September 3, 2012 at 8:33 am

  9. thanks a lot, this really helped.

    Sumanth

    October 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    • @Sumanth – glad I could help

      gsdwriter

      October 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    • Just what I needed! Thanks!

      Dianne Scott

      December 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

  10. Brilliant – thanks !

    Pete

    December 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm

  11. Perfect! Thank you.

    RFSonders

    January 27, 2013 at 10:28 pm

  12. Thanks

    Usman Shaheen

    February 6, 2013 at 6:45 am

  13. Super cool! Thanks

    DDN

    April 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm

  14. […] Changing your password while in a Remote Desktop session […]

    Tips #1 | neetpiq

    September 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm

  15. Thanks buddy… really helped

    Kinnu

    October 20, 2013 at 11:26 pm

  16. Thanks, this really helped.

    Aish

    October 31, 2013 at 5:49 pm

  17. If this alert is popped up from you computer means, your user has password but “password never expires” option in user settings.

    manju

    December 25, 2013 at 11:45 am

    • If this alert is popped up from you computer means, your user has password but “password never expires” option is not enabled under localusers and groups for that user.

      manju

      December 25, 2013 at 11:46 am

  18. Thanks a lot!

    Ayan

    January 10, 2014 at 4:26 pm

  19. create a file – “security.vbs” – on a remote machine with the following content and run it:

    Set objShell = CreateObject(“Shell.Application”)
    objShell.WindowsSecurity

    Mike

    April 20, 2015 at 9:49 pm

  20. Hurray, thanks!

    Mari Olsen

    December 15, 2015 at 9:07 pm

  21. […] Changing your password while in a Remote Desktop session … – Feb 09, 2010  · What if you can only access a remote desktop through another remote desktop? I tried your trick in that situation and it locked the first remote desktop … […]


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