I have a non-domain machine that I use with our company's domain resources over vpn regularly. I switched to Windows 8 (fresh install), and the "Change a password" option went away from the Ctrl-Alt-Del window.

Can't seem to google anything about this subject, or find a way to access that password change dialog.

I tried running the .reg file from http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/63014-ctrl-alt-del-screen-add-remove-change-password.html with no luck. I also tried to Disable "Remove Change Password" via gpedit.msc.

I could do it from my domain laptop, but I like to do it on this machine because it updates all my saved copies of those credentials.

My local account is tied to my hotmail account if that matters.

Updates: Administrator account. I apologize for stating this was an upgrade, it was a fresh install to a diff't drive. 64-bit Pro install.

Bounty's almost up If someone can just confirm that the Change A Password... should or should not be present on a non-domain, Live tied, Win8 install, I'll be satisfied that I can or cannot expect to fix it.

  • What did you upgrade the system from? What sort of account is it "user" or "administrator" more information is needed.
    – Ramhound
    Dec 4, 2012 at 0:28
  • It should be present. This was only downvoted once. The reasons still stand for my original downvote. You sure this isn't the case your local account was converted to a Microsoft Account thus changing your password through Windows obsolete?
    – Ramhound
    Dec 18, 2012 at 17:20
  • I'm not sure, hence my question. I could not find any thing that stated that the Change A Password tool is not available in that case. I'm not sure what this site is for, if not getting knowledge from people with more experience than yourself. If I could find the answer on google, I wouldn't have asked. I don't necessarily care about your downvote, but I disagree with your reasoning.
    – Thomas
    Dec 18, 2012 at 21:07
  • This website is for exactly that purpose. As I explained I required more information, for example, I also realized you converted the local account to a Microsoft Account which is the reason the Change a Password option was removed.
    – Ramhound
    Dec 19, 2012 at 12:46
  • I did the MS account at install. Wish they explained the ramifications then. Oh well.
    – Thomas
    Dec 19, 2012 at 17:27

5 Answers 5


How the Ctrl+Alt+Delete screen looks to a local account

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How the Ctrl+Alt+Delete screen looks to a Live account

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I'm assuming the reason for this has to do the the winlogon process that handles Ctrl+Alt+Delete and that the whole client-server communication with Microsofts services shouldn't be initiated through it.

  • So lame :) Thank you for the clarity of pictures.
    – Thomas
    Dec 19, 2012 at 17:28

If it's a Microsoft account, change your password on their site. Easiest way is through Hotmail.com or Outlook.com, and going through the Preferences.

For a local account, you can also try running control userpasswords, and changing the password from there

EDIT: Based on your comments, if the Ctrl+Alt+Delete doesn't work, you can try typing NET USER username password /DOMAIN. A full command includes:

NET USER [username [password | *] [options]] [/DOMAIN]

A reference page here explains what the options are. I do not know of a way to get the actual Ctrl+Alt+Delete prompt back though, for changing a password

  • I'm trying to change a domain password over VPN, from my local account. On Win7, I could ctrl-alt-del and 'Change A Password...'. That option is not present on my Win8 install.
    – Thomas
    Dec 12, 2012 at 20:49
  • @Thomas See updated answer; hopefully that helps Dec 12, 2012 at 21:47
  • How do I specify an arbitrary domain to use? Tried: net user domain\user * /DOMAIN. Seems /DOMAIN means 'use current domain' but this machine isn't on the domain.
    – Thomas
    Dec 12, 2012 at 22:25
  • Try using the full Username (eg DOMAINNAME\username). Does that work? Dec 12, 2012 at 22:27
  • Nope, see edit of my previous comment.
    – Thomas
    Dec 12, 2012 at 22:33

In your Windows 8 , Press the Windows Key + R and try the following : netplwiz


It sounds too obvious, but I will have to suggest going to the PC Settings (WinKey +i): Users, and Change Password.

  • Unfortunately not. I'm not logged into the domain, so my domain user isn't a User of this machine.
    – Thomas
    Dec 18, 2012 at 16:20

Try logging on to a Windows 2003 server using RDP - it should complain that your password has expired and allow you to enter a new one.

  • This doesn't solve the author's problem. He might not have a Windows 2003 license. The reasont that option was removed is by design.
    – Ramhound
    Jan 14, 2013 at 13:14
  • True, it doesn't solve his problem if he doesn't have a Windows 2003 server handy, but I had the same issue and it was the only workaround I could find. Jan 14, 2013 at 13:20
  • And of course, he'd have to wait for his password to expire before he could change it! Jan 14, 2013 at 15:42
  • His account isn't NEVER going to expire since its not a domain account.
    – Ramhound
    Jan 14, 2013 at 17:43
  • I'd assumed it was his domain account password he was trying to change. Jan 15, 2013 at 11:49

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