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How to Prevent Users from Changing Password in Windows 10

Windows offers many security features such as login password, minimum and maximum password age etc. which are essential for any operating system. The main problem comes when a PC with a single administrator account manages a lot of user accounts. A minimum password age prevents users from changing password too frequently as it can lead to user forgetting passwords more often, which leads to more headache for the administrator. And if the PC is used by a lot of users or children such as in the case of a PC in Computer lab, you need to prevent users from changing the password in Windows 10 as they can set a password that won’t let other user logins into that PC.

How to Prevent Users from Changing Password in Windows 10

One of the best features of Windows 10 is that it allows the administrator to prevent other users from changing their account password. However, it still allows the administrator to change, reset, or remove their account password. This feature is handy for guest accounts or child accounts, anyway without wasting any time let’s see How to Prevent Users from Changing Password in Windows 10 with the help of the below-listed tutorial.

Note: You need to sign in with the administrator account to prevent other user accounts from changing their password. You will also only be able to apply this to local user accounts and not to administrator accounts. Users using Microsoft account will still be able to change their passwords online at Microsoft website.

This operation is disallowed as it could result in an administration account being disabled

How to Prevent Users from Changing Password in Windows 10

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Method 1: Prevent Users from Changing Password using Registry Editor

1. Press Windows Key + R then type regedit and hit Enter.

Run command regedit | How to Prevent Users from Changing Password in Windows 10

2. Navigate to the following Registry Key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies

3. Right-click on Policies then selects New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Right-click on Policies then select New then click on DWORD (32-bit) Value

4. Name this new DWORD as DisableChangePassword then double-clicks on it to change its value.

Name this DWORD as DisableChangePassword and set its value to 1

5. In the value data field type 1 then hit Enter or click OK.

6. Reboot your PC to save changes.

Finally, you have learned How to Prevent Users from Changing Password in Windows 10 using Registry Editor, if you want to continue to the next method, it will override the changes made by this method.

Method 2: Prevent Users from Changing Password using Local Users and Groups

Note: This method only works in Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education Edition.

1. Press Windows Key + R then type lusrmgr.msc and hit Enter.

type lusrmgr.msc in run and hit Enter | How to Prevent Users from Changing Password in Windows 10

2. Expand Local Users and Groups (Local) then select Users.

Expand Local Users and Groups (Local) then select Users

3. Now in the right window pane right-click on the user account for which you want to prevent password change and select Properties.

4. Checkmark “User cannot change password” then click Apply followed by OK.

Checkmark User cannot change password under user account properties

5. Reboot your PC to save changes and this How to Prevent Users from Changing Password in Windows 10.

Method 3: Prevent Users from Changing Password using Command Prompt

1. Open Command Prompt. The user can perform this step by searching for ‘cmd’ and then press Enter.

Open Command Prompt. The user can perform this step by searching for ‘cmd’ and then press Enter.

2. Type the following command into cmd and hit Enter.

net users

Type net users in cmd to get info about all the user accounts on your PC

3. The above command will show you a list of user accounts available on your PC.

4. Now to prevent user from changing password type the following command:

net user user_name /PasswordChg:No

Prevent Users from Changing Password using Command Prompt | How to Prevent Users from Changing Password in Windows 10

Note: Replace user_name with the actual account username.

5. If in future you want to give password change privileges to the user again use the following command:

net user user_name /PasswordChg:Yes

Give password change privileges to the user using command prompt

Note: Replace user_name with the actual account username.

6.Reboot your PC to save changes.

Method 4: Prevent Users from Changing Password using Group Policy Editor

1. Press Windows Key + R then type gpedit.msc and hit Enter.

gpedit.msc in run

2. Navigate to the following path:

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Ctrl+Alt+Del Options

3. Make sure to select Ctrl+Alt+Del Options in the right window pane double-click on Remove change password.

Go to Ctrl+Alt+Del Options then double-click on Remove change password

4. Checkmark the Enabled box then click Apply followed by OK.

Enable Remove change password policy in Gpedit | How to Prevent Users from Changing Password in Windows 10

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.

5. Restart your PC to save changes.

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That’s it you have successfully learned How to Prevent Users from Changing Password in Windows 10 but if you still have any queries regarding this tutorial then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section

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Aditya Farrad

Aditya is a self-motivated information technology professional and has been a technology writer for the last 7 years. He covers Internet services, mobile, Windows, software, and How-to guides.

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