How to prevent users from changing account passwords on Windows

If you share your computer with others, you may want to prevent other users from changing your Windows password. This can be useful if you have multiple people working on your system, and you don’t want to give them the option to change the password.

Once you have completed this article, you will only be able to manage passwords on your system. As such, let’s explore how to prevent users from changing passwords on Windows.


Why should users be prevented from changing Windows passwords?

Before we dive into how to prevent other users from changing your password, let’s first understand why you would want to prevent them from doing so. There are many reasons why you may not want other users to access or change your password.

Suppose you share your computer with your friends or family. If you give them the ability to change passwords on your Windows computer, they may use that force to block you from the system. They can change the password you set for their account to prevent you from accessing, or even change your password so you can’t get into your profile.

Now that you know why you need to prevent users from changing their Windows password, let’s talk about how to stop them.

How to prevent users from changing Windows passwords

If you want to prevent users from changing Windows passwords, you can do so via Group Policy Editor, Registry Editor, or Computer Management tool. Here is a detailed explanation of each of them.

1. How to use Group Policy settings to prevent users from changing Windows passwords

There are a few methods that can be used to prevent users from changing their Windows passwords. One is to use the Local Group Policy Editor.

However, if you are using the Windows Home edition, the Local Group Policy Editor is not available by default. In such a case, you must first Activate the Group Policy Editor in Windows Home before proceeding.

Here are the steps you should follow to prevent others from changing your Windows password:

  1. Open the Run dialog.
  2. Type “gpedit.msc” in the text field and press yes button for Open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  3. Go to the following path:
    User Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Ctrl+Alt+Del Options
  4. Choose Ctrl + Alt + Del Options from the left, then double-click File Remove change password on the right.

  5. When the dialog box appears, select File maybe radio button.

  6. click Progressing And the yes When you are done making changes.
  7. In order to see the changes take effect, you will need to restart your computer.

After your PC restarts, it’s time to check if the change password option is disabled. Click on Ctrl + Alt + Del key combination and double-check that you can’t see the Change Password button in the Security dialog.

Note that performing these steps will not prevent Windows from prompting users to create a new password when necessary. If the password has expired or the administrator needs to change the password, the system will still prompt the user to set up a new password.

2. How to modify the registry to prevent users from changing Windows passwords

Another way to prevent users from changing their Windows passwords is to use Registry Editor. However, you should be careful not to do this Accidentally mess up the Windows registry in processing. You can seriously damage your device if you release the wrong keys. Therefore, you should always Make a backup copy of the registry before modifying any of its settings.

Here’s how to prevent Windows users from changing passwords via Registry Editor:

  1. press Win + R. To open the Run Command dialog.
  2. Type “regedit” in the search field and click yes.
  3. A UAC window will appear on the screen; click yes to confirm your action.
  4. When the Registry Editor opens, navigate to the following location:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPolicies
  5. If the policies key does not exist, you will have to create it. To do this, right-click on CurrentVersion and select New > Key.
  6. put the name Policies in the file name field and press Enter to save it.
  7. Now in the right pane, right-click on an empty space and select New Value > DWORD (32-bit).
  8. Name the DWORD key as DisableChangePassword Then press Enter.

  9. Double-click the newly created DWORD key to open a popup.
  10. select file hexadecimal base and set the value data to 1.
  11. Click now yes to save the changes.

Once you make these changes, close the registry window and restart your computer. If you ever want to undo the changes, you can do so at any time. In the Registry Editor, right-click the DisableChangePassword key and choose Modify. Set the value data to 0 and hit yes button to apply changes.

3. How to prevent users from changing Windows passwords using Computer Management

If you are using the Windows Home edition and don’t know much about editing the registry, you may want to try the Computer Management course instead. Here’s how to use the Computer Management tool to prevent users from changing Windows passwords.

  1. Right-click on the Start menu and select computer management from the menu list.
  2. Once Open Computer Management Toolgo to the following path:
    Computer Management (Local) > System Tools > Local Users and Groups > Users
  3. From the right pane, click Users To see your Windows accounts listed in the middle pane.
  4. Now, right-click on the account you want to prevent from changing the Windows password, then choose Properties from the context menu.

  5. In the properties window, you will be on File general tab.
  6. Then check the box next to The user cannot change the password.

  7. Next, tap Apply > OK to save your changes.

After making the above changes, no one else will be able to change the password. Any attempt to change it will result in an error message saying “Windows cannot change the password”.

Your Windows password is now protected

Changing your Windows password is very easy when someone else has access to your computer or if you have shared it with them. However, you wouldn’t want to modify your operating system in such a way that it would be difficult for you to use it at all. To solve this problem, try any of the methods described in this article.