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I run a VM on my local PC to sandbox a VPN connection, I then RDP from this VM into the PC I use for work. I need to change the password but CTRL+ALT+END brings up the menu for the 1st VM.

How can I change the password (and access the CTRL+ALT-DEL menu) when in such a 'recursive' RDP scenario?

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What RDP client are you using exactly? – Ramhound Dec 14 '12 at 10:23
The standard Windows one (I don't know the version, but it probably varies between machines) – Mr. Boy Dec 14 '12 at 10:43
If thats the case there should be a drop down menu option to send the CTRL-ALT-DEL command. – Ramhound Dec 14 '12 at 11:19
@Ramhound for some reason, no. The first RDP has those menu options on the top bar, but the 2nd - the one on their computer - just has minimise/pin/etc – Mr. Boy Apr 15 '15 at 8:42
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Open "On screen keyboard" (osk.exe)

Send Ctrl + Alt + Del by mouse-clicking each on key individually, in the most nested RDP session.

If that does not work try holding Ctrl+Alt on your keyboard and clicking Del in OSK in the the RDP session

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I'll try this. Is there any way to bring up the CTRL+ALT+DEL dialog other than using the keyboard shortcut, I wonder? Like some executable I can run directly? – Mr. Boy Apr 15 '15 at 9:59
I had do to the 2nd version in your comment... might be worth updating the answer. But it worked, thanks! – Mr. Boy Apr 15 '15 at 10:06
Answer updated. Glad it worked :). Sorry, I'm not aware of any means to bring up that screen without sending the keystrokes. – RJFalconer Apr 15 '15 at 11:20

You can always open a "CMD" command prompt on the VM and reset the password via command line.

When you get the C:\ prompt, you would type something like "net user administrator Ch@rli3" and that would change the administrator account's password to "Ch@rli3".

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I don't want to change the local administrator account, it's a network login on their domain. Unless the two are synonomous? – Mr. Boy Apr 15 '15 at 8:44
"Only administrators can change domain passwords at the Windows command prompt. " – RJFalconer Apr 15 '15 at 9:15

Open Run type in lusrmgr.msc go to users, select your user account, right click your user account select set password, set password, logout. Login with new password. Done.

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