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Prevent Users from Changing Their Own Password in Windows 10

The most commonly used method to change Windows 10 password is through Control Panel, PC settings, or the Ctrl + Alt + Del screen. If your computer is usually accessed by other people, you may don’t want somebody else to change your Windows password. Now in this post we will show you how to prevent users from changing password in Windows 10.

How to prevent users from changing their own password in Windows 10

Step 1: Open the Computer Management app, by pressing Win + X and then selecting Computer Management.

Open Computer Management

Step 2: Expand System Tools > Local Users and Groups, and then select/highlight the Users folder. From the right-side pane, select the user you want to prevent from changing password, right click on it, and select Properties from the menu.

Select Properties

Step 3: After the user Properties dialog opens, select the General tab, check the "User cannot change password" checkbox, and click Apply followed by OK.

Users cannot change password

If your selected user is an administrator, you will be prompted with the following warning. To get around the warning, you can firstly change the user from administrator to standard user, then apply the "User cannot change password" option. When it’s done, change the user from standard user back to administrator.

warning

The above settings will prevent the user from changing its own password through PC settings, Control Panel, or the Ctrl +Alt +Del screen. The Change Password button in PC Settings is greyed out and unavailable.

Change button is greyed out

If you change the user’s password from Control Panel, you will receive the message "Windows cannot change the password".

Windows cannot change the password

If you change the user’s password from Ctrl + Alt + Del screen, you will receive the message "Access is denied".

Access is denied

However, the user still can change its password from Computer Management and Command Prompt. If you want to prevent this, you have to restrict access to the Computer Management and disable the Command Prompt on Windows 10.