By Annie / Last Updated February 28, 2022

How do I change password in a remote desktop session?

"It seems that I can't go to "Change a Password" when connected to Windows 10 with Remote Desktop.  When I pressed "Ctrl" + "Alt" + "Del" in Remote Desktop Connection, I found there was nothing to appear.  It's annoying. How can I change the password of the remote PC in Remote Desktop Connection?"


Nothing to Appear

Four ways to change password in Remote Desktop Connection

Windows 10 has a Password Expiry feature that discontinues your password after a certain number of days to protect your computer from unauthorized access. Thus, to avoid Windows 10 password expiration, you need to change the password regularly.  Usually, you can press the Ctrl+Alt+Del combination key to get to "Change Password". However, Ctrl+Alt+Del won't work during a Remote Desktop connection as this command will be captured by the local computer rather than be sent to the remote computer. So what to do to change the password of the remote PC? Don't worry, here are four simple methods about how to change the password in Remote Desktop Connection (RDC). 

Method 1. Go to "Change a password" in RDC by pressing Ctrl+Alt+End

Because CTRL+ALT+Delete combination commend will not be sent to the remote computer during a Remote Desktop connection, you need to change another combination CTRL+ALT+END to use. You can refer to the following steps.

Step 1. In the Remote Desktop Connection window, hold CTRL+ALT and press END, and click Change a password in the new window.

Go to Change a Password in Remote Desktop Connection

Step 2. Type the old password of the host computer and type the new password you want to change twice and click OK.

Change Password of Remote PC

Method 2. Go to "Change a password" in RDC through an on-screen keyboard

Since the command from the hardware keyboard will be captured by the local computer, you can send the command with the help of an on-screen keyboard.

Step 1. In the Remote Desktop Connection window, press Windows key and R to open the Run box, type” osk” and press ENTER.

Run box

Step 2. Press CTRL and ALT on your hardware kebboard and click Del on the on-screen clipboard.


Step 3. Click Change a password in the new window and set up your new password.

Method 3. Change password directly in RDC from CMD

Or you can use CMD to change the password of the remote desktop or laptop directly. 

Step 1. Search “cmd” in the search bar which is on the taskbar. Right-click the Best match of the search result and click "Run as administrator".


Step 2. Enter “net user +user name +your new password” to change the password. For example, if my user name is abc and the new password I want to set is 123, I need to type” net user abc 123” and press ENTER.

CMD code

Method 4. Reset your password in an RDP session

This method may cause irreversible loss of information. If you remember the old password, you can use the aforementioned methods to change your password.

Step 1. Right-click This PC on the desktop, and click Manage.


Step 2. Go to System Tools>Local Users and Group>Users, choose the account you want to change password, and right-click it. Click Set Password… and a warning will appear. Click Proceed, type your new password twice, and click OK.

Set password

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As the Remote Desktop Connection can only work well under the LAN (local area network) and you need to set up a VPN or Port forwarding on your router to connect two computers under the Internet. Here introduce you to Windows Remote Desktop alternative, AnyViewer. It supports you to access and control comptuer from anywhere and offers a shortcut of "Ctrl+Alt+ Del" on the menu after establishing a remote session to help you change the password of the remote comptuer easily.  Please feel free to download it. 

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Then, you can follow these steps to establish a remote session and change the password remotely. 

Step 1. Sign up for an AnyViewer account and sign in to the account on the two computers. The PC will be assigned to the account automatically after login. 

Sign In

Note: To access the remote computer in privacy mode (the screen of the remote PC will be black and the keyboard & mouse of the remote PC will be disabled), you need to upgrade to an advanced plan.

Step 2. Then, click "Device" and find out the remote PC that you want to access. Click "Remote control" to get one-click remote access to the remote PC. 


Step 3. Then you can see the desktop of the remote computer and change the password by clicking Ctrl + Alt +Delete as if you were sitting in front of it. 


This post tells how to change password in Remote Desktop Connection. You can refer to these four easy methods to change the password of the host computer through Remote Desktop Connection. And if you consider that those tedious procedures are annoying, you can turn to a third-party remote access application that contains a CTRL+ALT+DEL shortcut in its toolbar.