Changing Local Administrator password through GPO


  • I need to change the local administrator password on multiple computers. I did this a couple years ago through a GPO in Active Directory, but am having difficulty doing it again...

    I use the steps below, but the password and confirm password fields are grayed out, so I cannot enter any new password. Any assistance would be appreciated.

    We will use Group Policy Preferences to set password on local user account
    •Click Start – All programs – Administrative Tools – Group Policy Management.
    •Create or Edit Group Policy Objects.
    •Expand Computer Configuration – Preferences – Control Panel Settings.
    •Right-click Local Users and Groups – New – Local User.
    •Ensure the Action is Update and enter the new password.
    •If this is a one-time change (not permanent): ◦Go to the Common tab and check the box for "Apply once and do not reapply".
    •If the change should be permanent: The defaults are correct.
    Wednesday, October 26, 2016 4:25 PM


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