How to Change Local Administrator Password with Group Policy

Working in an organization where the organization wants to change the administrator password of all the computer placed in their network can become a hassle if there are dozens of systems as it is not feasible to visit each workstation and change the password or change the password one by one remotely.

A solution for this is to create a group policy which will be implemented on all the computers when the computer is restarted, group policy is updated or when a user is logging in.

In this article, we will be using Windows Server 2012 as an example so open up the windows server.

Click on tools and look for Group Policy Management.

It will open up Group Policy Management.

Browse to the folder where your organization computers are present. In this case, our required folder is “Office Computers” so right-click on it and select “Create a GPO in this domain, and link it here”

Name the new GPO as “Administrative Password Reset” so that all other colleagues know about the feature of this GPO and press OK

It will bring you back to the Group Policy Management so browse to “Office Computers” and expand it.

Right click on it and press “Edit”

It will open the Group Policy Management Editor

Click on Computer Configuration, select “Preferences” from the options and expand “Control Panel Settings”

Right click on “Local Users and Group” select “New” and click on “New Users”

It will open up the window of “New Local User Properties”

In the username enter Administrator and write the required password. Do remember to uncheck the option “user must change the password at next logon” and check the option “Password never expires”

Press Apply and then Ok. This is how we can change the Administrative password through GPO and changes will be reflected upon the restart of computer or by updating the group policy.

Muhammad Imran Habib

Imran is a technology evangelist with 8 years of experience working with some of the Industry leading companies. Imran's expertise includes On-Prem/Virtual Infrastructure deployments, IT Solutions for SMEs, End User Computing Support.

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