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Jason Townsend

I ran into an issue today where I needed to change the password on an account so that my application changes would take place.  I quickly found out that I could not lock the computer using the standard start tools.  I knew this but forgot in my rush to get the change in at 9:00 PM.  So I was not in the office physically on my machine and could not get the Service Desk to change the password for me.  I them tried command line tricks to lock the computer.  No luck!  It did not give me the option to change my password.  I then tried to use the net user command to change my password.  No Dice as well as I am not a network admin.  What I did find that ended up working was I forgot that you could press Ctrl + Alt + End in a Remote Desktop session to simulate the Ctrl + Alt + Del command.  This is one of those things everyone should know since Remote Desktop prompts you and tells you so, but most people (like myself) click the check box to tell us to never prompt again.  Luckily I decided to try connecting via my desktop PC, which I hardly use for work, and was prompted with the dialog to remind me that Ctrl + Alt + End would work.  Presto! I was able to change my password!  Wow, makes you think twice about telling those dialogs to never show again.

Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 10:32 PM | Back to top


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