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Changing a Password from a Remote Windows Computer

This article was previously published under Q149176
You can change a Windows User Account password that is on any Windowscomputer from any other Windows computer regardless of whether theUser Account is on a workstation, a stand-alone server, or a Windows domain controller. Additionally, it makes no difference whether thepassword being changed from a workstation, a stand-alone server, or aWindows domain controller.

You do not have to be logged on from the User Account Database thatcontains the Username, and you do not have to be currently logged on withthat Username. This procedure is especially useful if you want to changeyour password in a User Account Database or security accounts manager(SAM) that is not in your default logon domain.
To change your password:
  1. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to bring up the Windows Security dialog box.
  2. Press the Change Password button.
  3. Enter the User name whose password you wish to change.
  4. In the From dialog box, click either the computer name or domain name in the drop-down list box, or type the computer name or domain name that contains the User Account Database where the user name exists.
  5. Type the appropriate password in the Old Password, New Password, and Confirm New Password box.
  6. You should receive a message indicating "Your password has been changed."
This procedure is allowed even if the User Right "Access this computerfrom network" is disabled for the group Everyone. Changing a password doesnot use resources on the server. The ability to change a password withoutrequiring the user to be logged on allows a user to change his or herpassword outside of the user's logon hours, or when the password hasexpired and the user is not able to log on.

The user receive the following error messages:
System error 2242 has occurred.
The password of this user has expired.
From NET HELPMSG 2242:
Your password has expired. You will not be able to perform any network tasks until you change your password.
ACTION To change your password, press Ctrl+Alt+Del and then select Change Password.
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Article ID: 149176 - Last Review: 02/21/2007 00:56:57 - Revision: 2.2

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