Changing your own password on a RDP session on Windows Server 2012 R2

Some people recommend using ….control + alt + end on a RDP session to bring up that Windows Security screen, but it does NOT work on nested RDP sessions.

This procedure is the only one which worked for me on a Windows 2012 R2 RDP session:

  1. Click Start
  2. Type osk (to bring up the on screen keyboard)
  3. Hit enter
  4. Once the on screen keyboard is open, hold ctrl+Alt on your physical keyboard, then click on the del key in the on screen keyboard.
  5. Minimize the on screen Keyboard
  6. Click Change a password.


PS: Thanks a ton for the tip, Bill!

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35 Replies to “Changing your own password on a RDP session on Windows Server 2012 R2”

  1. Hi,

    I find it easier to change password using command ” net user username password ”
    ex: net user Administrator P@55W0rD

    *Prerequisite:Command prompt with admin privileges.

  2. Ctrl+Alt+End will work for direct RDP session. but it will not function when RDP sessions are natted withing another RDP session. Therefore follow the below instructions to launch the Windows Security Options screen to change Domain password.

    Set objShell = CreateObject(“Shell.Application”)


    paste above content in Notepad and save it as .vbs file and execute it to view Windows Security Screen to view options like lock, Sign out, Change a Password, and Task Manager.

  3. My way is to leave a shortcut on the public desktop.
    Create a shortcut called Change Password
    C:\Windows\explorer.exe shell:::{2559a1f2-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

    For the Icon is use (It’s a key)

  4. Thank you very much for the hint! Couldn’t find any other solution for my setup: using RDP in Windows VM running in Parallels on MacOS

  5. Rajeev is correct. Ctrl-Alt-End does not work in nested RDP sessions. It applies to your very first RDP session, which is not the one you want in a nested scenario.

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