By Canace / Last Updated September 9, 2021

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.

on-screen-keyboard

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".

cmd

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.

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. Install and run it on the local computer and remote computer. And in its main interface, the device ID and temporary security code of the PC will be displayed. 

Device ID and Temporary Security Code

Note: Temporary security code varies after you restart AnyViewer. To keep remote access after restart the remote computer, you need to set a permanent secutiy code for the remote PC. On the main interface, click "Settings" and enable "Set my security code" under "Recipient" tab. Then, type the security code and click OK.

Recipient

 

Step 2. On the client computer, enter the host computer’s device ID which is automatically set by the software, and click Connect. Choose "Input security code" on the pop-up window and type the security code you set in the host computer. After you click OK, you can straightly control the host computer without a partner’s help.

Connect method

Step 3. After the connection is successfully established, you can see a toolbar on the top of the window. Click the first icon and click Ctrl+Alt+Delete item. Click it and you can see "Change a password" option shows up. 

CTRL ALT DEL combination

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.