How to change password in RDP session RRS feed

  • Question

  • In my situation all RDP clients are remote over the internet. their passwords expire every 60 days. How can the user change their password before it expires? CTRL ALT DEL will not work because it takes you to a password change on your local machine. Note the users have no access to a desktop only a single application is forced to run through the user profile.


    Tuesday, May 8, 2012 2:43 PM


  • Hi,



    I did not say to press Ctrl-Alt-Del.


    • Marked as answer by Lee Taylor Tuesday, May 8, 2012 3:27 PM
    Tuesday, May 8, 2012 3:23 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    They can click Ctrl-Alt-End to change their password.


    Tuesday, May 8, 2012 2:44 PM
  • Click it where?


    Tuesday, May 8, 2012 3:02 PM
  • Hi,

    I meant to write press instead of click.  When the Remote application/Remote Desktop Client window has focus, they can press Ctrl-Alt-End, then click Change a password... or Change Password..., depending on your server version.


    • Proposed as answer by Damin Wednesday, March 5, 2014 3:58 PM
    Tuesday, May 8, 2012 3:12 PM
  • When you press CTRL ALT DEL on your computer it imeediately pulls you out of your session to change the password on your local computer. In this situtation the remote computer is not part of the domain so that does not work.


    Tuesday, May 8, 2012 3:14 PM
  • Hi,



    I did not say to press Ctrl-Alt-Del.


    • Marked as answer by Lee Taylor Tuesday, May 8, 2012 3:27 PM
    Tuesday, May 8, 2012 3:23 PM
  • In addition to TP's comment, you can also use RD Web Access to supply a way to allow the change of passwords before they expire.

    More info in this TechNet Wiki:

    Kind regards,
    Freek Berson
    The Microsoft Platform
    Wortell company website

    Tuesday, March 5, 2013 10:12 AM
  • Thanks - Brilliant
    Saturday, March 22, 2014 10:43 AM
  • Ctrl-Alt-End works fine for changing the remote password in the simple case where you RDP to a single machine.

    But I'm stuck now because I'm using a more complex configuration, with TWO levels of RDP:

    My PC -> Intermediate system -> Second system

    I can't go straight to the second system, because it's on a separate network.

    And pressing Ctrl-Alt-End brings up the password change popup for the intermediate system.

    So how can I change it on the second one?

    Both the intermediate system and the second one are running Windows 2012.

    (But as we still have machines running 2008R2, I'd be interested in a solution for that one as well.)

    • Proposed as answer by westyside Wednesday, June 11, 2014 9:50 AM
    Friday, April 25, 2014 1:19 PM
  • I was looking for a solution to this too and found the following that works like a charm:

    Use the On-Screen Keyboard (osk.exe). You can press Ctrl-Alt-Del virtually!
    Holding ctrl-alt on the top-level machine and clicking the 'del' in the desired level OSK works.



    Once the app is open, hold ctrl+Alt on your keyboard, then click on the del key in osk.exe.

    Hope this helps!

    • Proposed as answer by SIAANCR Monday, June 30, 2014 12:17 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by SIAANCR Monday, June 30, 2014 12:17 PM
    • Proposed as answer by Bennyboy1978 Tuesday, September 2, 2014 2:22 PM
    Monday, April 28, 2014 6:55 PM
  • I had the same problem....control + alt + end does NOT work on nested RDP sessions, no matter how large you make the END, Mr. Moderator (TP) ;-)

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

    1. Click Start
    2. Type osk
    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.

    Thanks a ton for the tip, Bill!

    -Rajeev rajdude.com

    Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:57 PM
  • Nice one Mr. Bill. Using the On-Screen Keyboard (osk.exe) on the remote server works perfectly.
    Wednesday, November 12, 2014 4:48 PM
  • Another option is to hit the Shift 5 times which will bring up sticky keys on all systems.  Cancel all but click yes on the RDP session where you want to do the cntr-alt-del.   Then simply press the keys one after the other.
    Thursday, November 20, 2014 10:29 AM
  • Ok, perfect!

    Monday, February 16, 2015 11:15 AM
  • IIRC it's CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+END in your case.

    (RDP inside RDP.)
    Saturday, May 30, 2015 2:39 PM
  • Run PowerShell command:

    PS C:\> (New-Object -COM Shell.Application).WindowsSecurity()

    You'll bring up Windows Security interface which is commonly in Start menu of Server 2008 and well hidden for 2012.

    • Proposed as answer by Serge Pavlov Thursday, September 24, 2015 12:08 PM
    Thursday, September 24, 2015 11:39 AM
  • Click it in the skies! 

    i dont even understand some peoples. u r given computer and u asking where to click control alternate and delete.

    throw the computer in the nearest river cuz u blast!

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015 3:00 AM
  • IIRC it's CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+END in your case.

    (RDP inside RDP.)
    Thursday, March 31, 2016 8:39 PM
  • VERY nice solution ..


    Wednesday, April 13, 2016 2:05 PM
  • Great tip! Thanks!
    Thursday, April 21, 2016 12:59 AM
  • This works for me. Thanks for sharing, Serge.
    Friday, May 6, 2016 4:00 PM
  • Ctrl-Alt-End to change RDP password.

    This is working for me. great.thanks

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016 12:41 PM
  • Thanks, I had tried all the other solutions proposed above, and none of them worked for me.

    Your PowerShell method for bringing up the Windows Security interface is the only one that works, for a nested Win2012 R2 session.

    Thursday, June 30, 2016 3:09 PM
  • Thumbs up to this!!!! None of th eother options worked for me but this one did it ... very cool
    Thursday, September 1, 2016 7:49 PM
  • The use of the on-screen KB was very helpful!
    Tuesday, March 21, 2017 3:28 PM
  • Ctrl-Alt-End worked for me on the remote desktop, unlike Ctrl-Alt-Del that works only locally.


    Thursday, June 1, 2017 1:37 PM
  • Thank you Bill!  That's the information that I needed.
    Tuesday, June 13, 2017 1:04 AM
  • Hi all,

    This might also help:

    Run, osk.exe

    Press Ctrl + Alt on your physical keyboard and press Delete on your On screen keyboard!

    and there you go the screen you were hoping fore pops up.


    Tuesday, August 15, 2017 7:21 AM
  • This idea solved my case.
    Wednesday, September 13, 2017 2:10 PM
  • Thank you for the tip.
    Thursday, September 14, 2017 6:33 PM
  • Try using on screen keyboard on your rdp

    Saturday, September 30, 2017 8:07 AM
  • Hi All,

    I just found this which is going to be a game changer for myself and those who have to change a password via RDP inside RDP sessions.

    i found it here in the comments:


    i have made it a beautifully simple batch file:

    explorer.exe shell:::{2559a1f2-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

    works on W12 hosts too  :)

    hope it helps

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017 10:51 PM
  • Here are two more methods using a shortcut:

    From PowerShell:

    Powershell -noprofile -nologo -noninteractive -command "(new-object -ComObject shell.application).WindowsSecurity()"

    or from explorer:

    explorer.exe shell:::{2559a1f2-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

    Extracted from: http://www.sysadmit.com/2018/01/windows-cambiar-contrasena-desde-rdp.html

    Sunday, January 7, 2018 6:40 PM
  • Thanks.. this worked well!
    Sunday, January 28, 2018 7:29 AM
  • +1 for making 'end' in extra large font
    Thursday, March 8, 2018 4:00 PM
  • Press Ctrl + Alt + End inside RDP session to view the lock, sign out, change password or task manager screen on remote machine
    Monday, December 10, 2018 5:49 AM
  • Brilliant solution! Only one that worked for me in nested RDP sessions. Doesn't require elevation either!
    Sunday, January 13, 2019 9:50 PM
  • 1. Run mstsc

    2. Fill field Computer

    3. Click Show option

    4. Save As

    5. Open the saved rdp file with Notepad

    6. Add row


    7. Save rdp file

    8. Run rdp file and change password

    Friday, March 22, 2019 7:40 AM
  • Perfect! Worked for me!
    Wednesday, April 17, 2019 9:03 AM
  • Thanks a lot.. this has helped me. thanks again.
    Monday, August 12, 2019 4:41 AM
  • The easiest way is to open a CMD box:

    explorer shell:::{2559a1f2-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

    It will send the Ctrl-Alt-Del to the server (rdp in rdp or worse… :D )

    Friday, December 20, 2019 10:40 AM
  • Run PowerShell command:

    PS C:\> (New-Object -COM Shell.Application).WindowsSecurity()

    You'll bring up Windows Security interface which is commonly in Start menu of Server 2008 and well hidden for 2012.

    Thanks mate.

    This is the only thing that worked for me via Citrix Workstation on macOS. :)

    Such a simple brilliant solution.

    Thursday, June 4, 2020 7:19 AM