How to reset Active Directory User Password in Microsoft Management Console, Command Line and PowerShell? Security

Network Administrators centrally manage user accounts and other resources through Active Directory. Single username and password can be used to login to any computer on the active directory domain. If users forget their password, network administrators can reset it from the Active Directory Users Management console. In order to reset the password in the Active Directory, you need to be an administrator with proper permissions.

This guide provides you step by step instructions on how to reset the user password in Active Directory using Microsoft Management Console (MMC), Command line and PowerShell.

Microsoft Management Console (MMC)

Step 1: Log in to the Active Directory server as an Administrator.

Step 2: Open the Active Directory users and computers windows

Step 3: Select the user account for which password needs to be reset


Step 4: Right-click on the user account and click on the “Reset Password”. The next window allows you to type in a new password with the confirmation.

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Step 5: We need to enable “User must change password at next logon” if you want the user to set up his/her own password.

Command Line

You can reset the Active Directory user’s password using Command-Line. This command-line option is very useful when your server does not have a GUI (Core server)

DSMOD User  Test1 –PWD Password -MustChPWD Yes/No  -canchpwd  yes/no -pwdneverexpires yes/ no


The following PowerShell command needs to be executed in the administrator account

Set-ADAccountPassword –Identity User –Reset

Provide the new password and confirm

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