Reset Password in a Remote Desktop Connection

As a portal consultant, I’m often working on client servers using a domain account, and my local machine isn’t on the domain since I’m VPN’ing in remotely. But I need to change my passwords occasionally and can’t just use CTRL-ALT-DEL for that, since that key combination gets sent to my desktop.

To send CTRL-ALT-DEL to a remote desktop via RDP (Windows Remote Desktop), use CTRL-ALT-END in a Remote Desktop session to get the familiar password change dialog:

Fun fact: CTRL-ALT-DELETE is a Secure Attention Key, which basically means that unlike any other keystroke combination you can do (which applications, and therefore other malware, can intercept), it’s a special combination that only the OS is allowed to interact with.

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