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    Password - Prevent or Allow to Change
    How to Prevent or Allow a User to Change their Password in Vista and Windows 7
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    13 Jul 2008
    Password - Prevent or Allow to Change

    How to Prevent or Allow a User to Change their Password in Vista and Windows 7

    information   Information
    This will show you how to Allow or Prevent a selected User Account from being able to change their password from within User Accounts in the Control Panel (Classic View).
    Note   Note
    By default in Vista and Windows 7, users are allowed to change their passwords.

    EXAMPLE: "Windows cannot change the password" Message
    NOTE: This is the message a user will get after trying to change their password if their option to change password is set to disabled.
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    METHOD ONE

    Through Local Users and Groups
    1. Open the Local Users and Groups manager.

    2. In the left pane, click on Users. (See screenshot below)

    3. In the middle pane, right click on the user account you want to do this with and click on Properties.
    Password - Prevent or Allow to Change-lusrmgr.jpg
    4. To Prevent the Selected User from Changing their Password
    A) Check the User cannot change password box. (See screenshot below step 6)

    B) Go to step 6.
    5. To Allow the Selected User to Change their Password
    A) Uncheck the User cannot change password box. (See screenshot below step 6)
    NOTE: This is the default setting.
    6. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
    Password - Prevent or Allow to Change-properties.jpg
    7. Close the Local Users and Groups manager window.



    METHOD TWO

    Through an Elevated Command Prompt

    NOTE: This method is for all Vista and Windows 7 editions. This method was provided by Dwarf. Thank you Dwarf.
    1. Open an elevated command prompt.

    2. To Check the Change Password Status for a User
    A) In the elevated command prompt, type the command belowand press Enter. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: Substitute user name in the command belowwith the user name in quotes that you want to see the change password status of.
    net user "user name"
    B) To the right of User may change password, you will see either Yes (allow) or No (prevent) for that user name. (See screenshot below)
    Password - Prevent or Allow to Change-check_status.jpg
    3. To Prevent the Selected User from Changing their Password
    A) In the elevated command prompt, type the command belowand press Enter. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: Substitute user name with the user name in quotes that you want to prevent from be able to change their password.
    net user "user name" /Passwordchg:no
    B) If the command was successful, you will now get a successfully completed message. (See screenshot below)
    Password - Prevent or Allow to Change-prevent_user.jpg
    C) Verify the change with step 1.

    D) Go to step 5.
    4. To Allow the Selected User to Change their Password
    A) In the elevated command prompt, type the command belowand press Enter. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: Substitute user name with the user name in quotes that you want to allow to change their password.
    net user "user name" /Passwordchg:yes
    B) If the command was successful, you will now get a successfully completed message. (See screenshot below)
    Password - Prevent or Allow to Change-allow_user.jpg
    C) Verify the change with step 1.
    5. Close the elevated command prompt.
    That's it,
    Shawn






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    Re: Password - Prevent or Allow to Change

    Why is your username not there?

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    Re: Password - Prevent or Allow to Change

    Hi Fmjc001,

    It is: User_Name

    I made mine to this so folks will know where to look for their user name instead.

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    Re: Password - Prevent or Allow to Change

    Oh, Ok. When i change my username I get all sorts of messages about security errors and policies lol.

    Just thought you had a special computer for making tutorials or something

    Thanks for the reply

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    Re: Password - Prevent or Allow to Change

    I have not had my computer very long and have only had access to the internet for about 2 weeks. my son helped setup the internet and at the same time we changed the password. now both of us have forgotten the password he put in the system. it should not be as difficult to get into the computer as this is proving to be. I do not like Vista. someone needs to think about what the everyday person who will be using the system and make a backdoor of some kind for people like me who have very busy lifes and might forget a stupid password!!!!!!!

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    Re: Password - Prevent or Allow to Change

    Quote Originally Posted by lgpatton View Post
    I have not had my computer very long and have only had access to the internet for about 2 weeks. my son helped setup the internet and at the same time we changed the password. now both of us have forgotten the password he put in the system. it should not be as difficult to get into the computer as this is proving to be. I do not like Vista. someone needs to think about what the everyday person who will be using the system and make a backdoor of some kind for people like me who have very busy lifes and might forget a stupid password!!!!!!!
    Can you not use another account to change the password?

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    Re: Password - Prevent or Allow to Change

    Hi lgpatton,

    Method Three in this tutorial will show you how to reset the password and gain access to the administrator account again. Afterwards, you can use Method One to reset the other account's password from the administrator account.

    Reset User Account Password

    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Password - Prevent or Allow to Change

    is this possible in all vista versions? when i click on advanced option i got a message saying "this computer is not runing home basc and that this complement can not be used with this version...i ..but my computer is runing home basic

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    Re: Password - Prevent or Allow to Change

    Hi Mike,

    My apologies. lusrmgr.msc is only available for the Vista Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.

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    Re: Password - Prevent or Allow to Change

    Here is an addition to the above Tutorial. The method here works for ALL versions of Vista.
    Click on the start orb and type cmd into the search box and press and hold Ctrl, Shift and then press enter/return. You will need to provide administrative credentials to continue. At the prompt , type the following: net user dwarf followed by enter/return. Here is what I get for this command:
    Password - Prevent or Allow to Change-capture.jpg
    Notice the line User may change password. This is currently set to No.
    Again at the command prompt, type the following and press enter/return: net user dwarf /Passwordchg:Yes. Here is what I get with that command:
    Password - Prevent or Allow to Change-capture1.jpg
    Finally, repeating this command: net user dwarf
    Password - Prevent or Allow to Change-capture2.jpg
    Notice the line User may change password is now set to Yes.
    If you wish to prevent the changing of a password, use this command: net user dwarf /Passwordchg:no
    Password - Prevent or Allow to Change-capture3.jpg
    Note that I have used my user name Dwarf throughout this explanation. You will, of course, need to substitute the correct user name here.

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