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I log on to my Azure Windows 2012 R2 VM with Remote Desktop...

THIS DIDN'T WORK: control panel > admin tools > Comp Mgmt > Users > my account > right-click > All Tasks > Set password: I get a scary warning that says I might lose data, and to instead use CTRL-ALT-DELETE and change password.

THIS DIDN'T WORK: CTRL-ALT-END (its popup menu had no 'change password')

  • "I get a scary warning that says I might lose data" - This only applies if you use EFS. It sounds like you have a group policy setting, that is preventing you from changing your password before it needs to be changed. You can configure a policy that prevents passwords from being change repeatedly (which is set by default is enforced to a default value). If you have recently changed the password that is like the case, so if that is the case, resetting the password is your only choice. – Ramhound Sep 22 '18 at 16:52
  • I have not changed password since last year. – Doug Null Sep 22 '18 at 16:53
  • I would check what the applicable group policy is set to, which I don't know the name of, I just know it exists. Otherwise just reset the password, you can also prevent an account from changing it's password, so make sure that isn't set also. – Ramhound Sep 22 '18 at 17:00
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You can change the password via the Azure portal.

Select your virtual machine then click Support + Troubleshooting > Reset password. The password reset blade is displayed:

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Enter the username and a new password, then click Update. Try connecting to your VM again.

Ref: How to reset the Remote Desktop service or its login password in a Windows VM

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