January 24, 2011 11:31 pm

Remotely Change password on Windows Server 2008

Filed under: Software Security,UX - User Experience — ramsblog @ 11:31 pm

Interesting to see the lack of consistency between Windows desktop and windows server OS in terms of changing the account password. I remember I have done it before when Remote into a windows server 2008, it has been a long time and completely forgotten to get around and locate again.

i went around several options including Start—>Lock computer; Security wizard etc. Server being located at remote location obviously can’t take chances to shut it down and not being able to restart again. 

To change the user password on a windows 2008 server while logged in as a Remote Desktop:

> Remote desktop login to the windows server machine
> start –> Windows Security
> click Change password
> to change password of different accounts other than the one logged in with, click Other Credentials
> enter user name domain\user
> give Old Password
> Enter New password and repeat followed by Arrow to submit.
> changes the password and brings the control back to



some Intuitiveness can be further improved as part of this progress. for instance the 4th bullet (other credentials) takes additional clicks to figure out or get to the other user password change window; it could have reduced few clicks apparently.

hope the above steps help some of you…



  1. WTF??? My windoze server 2008 doesn’t show anything “windows security”………

    Comment by woohoo — March 7, 2012 6:41 am @ 6:41 am | Reply

    • Oops! it is on the right hand side of the start menu, and typing doesn’t show it in results… very confusing!

      Comment by woohoo — March 7, 2012 6:44 am @ 6:44 am | Reply

  2. Perfect! Exactly what I was looking for…

    Comment by Jimmy — July 30, 2012 8:12 am @ 8:12 am | Reply

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