Remove the "Change a password" option from the Windows 7 logon screen

There are several ways to change your Windows 7 password, or to change the password of another user: one of the less commonly known ones is to go through the Windows Security Screen (the "logon screen" you see when pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard while logged into a user account). Just press that keystroke, and you'll be able to change your password, or another user's; but, just like most everything else in Windows, this feature can be customized: namely, you can disable and hide this button from the security screen (and hide other buttons using the same steps, as you'll guess how below). Note that the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit) will affect all Windows users, not just the one you're logged into.

Customize your Windows 7 logon screen settings

There are several settings you can configure for the logon screen you see when pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del in Windows 7 (which is different from the logon screen you see when logging in or logging out). The steps outlined below assume that you are either logged in as an administrator, or have the admin password:


Testing new setting, and alternate technique

You can now double-check your new setting by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del: the "Change a Password" button should now be hidden. There is also another way to hide this button, using regedit (advanced users only!) - the key in is "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System".

Tip: note that removing the "Change a password" button from the Windows security screen applies to all users on this PC. Also note that they'll still be able to change their password by other means - to turn off the feature altogether, learn how you can prevent Windows 7 users from changing their password.

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