How to Prevent Users from Changing Password in Windows 8.1/8/7

Top 3 Ways to Prevent Users from Changing Password in Windows 8.1/8/7

Sept. 28, 2014 10:35 am / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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"How to prevent users from changing password on Windows 8 computer?"

You may be wondering how to restrict or prevent other users from changing login password on Windows 8. Maybe you have two users using the same user account to log into Windows, and you don't want the other one to change the password directly. Or you just simply do not want some user to change his or her password. In such cases, you can prevent users from changing password in Windows 8.1/8/7. Just apply the following top 3 ways to get your problem solved.

Note: Before you try to restrict users from changing password in Windows 8.1/8/7, make sure you have the access to your Windows computer. If you are locked out of your PC, then use Windows Password Recovery to recover the forgotten login password for your Windows 8.1/8/7 PC.

1. Using Computer Management

  • A. From the WinX Menu of Windows 8.1, open Computer Management. In the left pane, scroll down to System Tools > Local Users and Groups > Users.

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  • B. In the middle pane, you will see the list of user accounts on your Windows computer. Right the user name, on whom you want to apply this restriction and select Properties. The following window will open.

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  • C. Check the User cannot change password box and click on Apply.
  • D. From now onwards, if the user tries to change the Windows 8 password, he or she will receive the message Windows cannot change the password.

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2. Using Group Policy Editor

  • A. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type gpedit.msc, and press Enter to open the Group Policy Editor.

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  • C. In the right pane, double-click on Remove change password and select Enabled.

    The window will come with the following information:

    This policy setting prevents users from changing their Windows password on demand. If you enable this policy setting, the ‘Change Password' button on the Windows Security dialog box will not appear when you press Ctrl+Alt+Del. However, users are still able to change their password when prompted by the system. The system prompts users for a new password when an administrator requires a new password or their password is expiring.

    Click Apply and exit.

3. Using Registry Editor

  • A. If your Windows version does not have Group Policy, use the Registry Editor.

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  • B. Run regedit to open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies
  • C. Now in the right pane, right-click and select DWORD (32-bit) to create the key. Name the new DWORD, DisableChangePassword. Double-click on it to edit its value. Now give it value data, 1.
  • D. Restart your Windows computer to make the change work.

Either one you choose, you can achieve your goal to prevent other users from changing your Windows 8.1/8/7 login password.

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