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How to Change User Password at Command Prompt

Changing user passwords is pretty common in Computer Management for small business networks. It is typically a click, click, click affair, with lots of waiting for dialog boxes to come up. I would rather jump to a command prompt and type the simple command and be done with it.

So, here it is:

net user user_name  new_password

If you are in a Domain, and are a Domain Admin, you can change the domain password by adding the /domain switch

net user user_name  new_password /domain

Here is Microsoft’s Knowledge Base article on changing passwords with the command prompt: How to Change User Password at Command Prompt.

Here is the full output of the net user /? command:

C:\>net user /?

The syntax of this command is:

 

NET USER

[username [password | *] [options]] [/DOMAIN]

username {password | *} /ADD [options] [/DOMAIN]

username [/DELETE] [/DOMAIN]

username [/TIMES:{times | ALL}]