How do I change Active Directory Password in Windows 2012 Terminal Server without Using CTRL+ALT

I can't use CTRL+ALT+END And CTRL+ALT+DEL Is there any other method for invoking the Security Screen ?

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    This is actually a good question - on previous versions of Windows you had a "Windows Security" option in the Start Menu which was great in locked down environments.
    – Dan
    Oct 17 '13 at 9:33
  • Good question as @dan says but I think the answer might not be good: I've tried a 'normal' server and one with the desktop experience installed and there's nothing I can see.
    – Rob Moir
    Oct 17 '13 at 9:38
  • All of you people are simply amazing. I had to ask our service desk to reset my password since I didn't know any of these other methods. Jul 7 '17 at 15:22

This is the best I've got so far - log on to an older (I'm using Server 2008 R2) server with the Windows Security shortcut displayed in the start menu. Open the Start Menu and drag the Windows Security item to the desktop.

The resulting shortcut can be used on a 2012 box.

The CLSID it calls is {2559a1f2-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}, and you can use to launch the Windows Security screen to change the password interactively:

explorer shell:::{2559a1f2-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

This should work from the Run dialog or a Command Prompt.

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    Better than a poke in the eye, but thank you Microsoft again.
    – Rob Moir
    Oct 17 '13 at 10:09
  • it does not work with windows 8+
    – Lorlin
    Jun 27 '19 at 16:53

We found out creating a vbs script with

    Dim objShell
    Set objShell = CreateObject("shell.application")
    Set objShell = nothing


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    Another try could be invoking net user <username> /domain from an elevated command prompt.
    – MBu
    Oct 17 '13 at 12:19

Based on the above answers, you can create a shortcut to the following location (right click on Desktop>New>Shortcut)

explorer shell:::{2559a1f2-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

It should also work if launched from command line (if you want to script it). Add a nice icon from %SYSTEMROOT%\System32\imageres.dll, and you're good to go. Thanks guys!


I always change it via On-Screen Keyboard.

Type OSK and launch the virtual keyboard.

Press CTRL + ALT and click on END with the mouse.

This will invoke a security screen, where you can change the password.

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    Using the OSK is the easiest option of these answers. I had to do CTRL+ALT+DEL instead of CTRL+ALT+END when RDP into a 2012 R2 though.
    – Vermis
    Jan 4 '16 at 20:10

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