How to Prevent Users from Changing Password in Windows

Posted by Britt Duncan - September 30, 2014

Perhaps you have more than one account in the computer, you share the machine with others, or you need to take control of your child’s online activities. No matter what the reason could be, but you would not like them to change the account password. Here we’ll outline different ways to restrict or prevent standard users from altering the password in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
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Stop Users from Changing Password through Computer Management

Stop Users from Changing Password through Registry Editor

Stop Users from Changing Password through Group Policy Editor

Stop Users from Changing Password through Computer Management

Step one- Open Computer Management.
In Windows 7
Click Start menu, and then right click on Computer. And select Manage.
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In Windows 8
Press Windows key and D combination, right click on Computer icon and choose Manage.
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In Windows 8.1
Right click on the WinX menu in the left bottom corner, select Computer Management.
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Step two- Expand System Tools, then Local Users and Groups. And click on Users.
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Step three- In the middle pane, right click on the user name on whom you want to apply this restriction, and select Properties.
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Step four- Check “User cannot change password” option and click Apply, then OK.
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Restart the Operating System to save changes.

Stop Users from Changing Password through Registry Editor

Step one- Press Windows key and R key together, type regedit in the Run dialog box. And press Enter.
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Step two- Navigate to the following key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies
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Step three- In the right pane, right click on blank space and select New > DWORD (32-bit).
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Step four- Name the new DWORD as DisableChangePassword.
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Step five- Double click on the new DWORD, change the Value data to 1. And click OK.
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Reboot your computer to save changes.

Stop Users from Changing Password through Group Policy Editor

Step one- Open Run dialog box with Windows key and R key again, type gpedit.msc and press Enter.
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Step two- Navigate to the following setting:
User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Ctrl+Alt+Del Options
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Step three- In the right pane, right click on Remove change password, and select Edit.
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Step four- Check Enabled in the Remove Change Password window. And click OK and exit the policy editor window.
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Done! When you would like to change the password of the restricted account, the User Account Control Panel will pop up a message altering “Windows cannot change he password”. In any way of the above three methods, you can stop others from changing the account password.




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