By default Windows 7 allows all users to change their passwords on their own. This configuration might be ideal in home environment or for any small scale industry. However if a Windows 7 computer is used in medium to large scale industry administrators would not want users to change their passwords themselves by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del keys. On the contrary they would like to manage this feature using group policies. If in any industry Windows 7 computer is running in a workgroup environment administrators can remove Change Password option when Ctrl+Alt+Del keys are pressed by following the steps given below:
- Logon to the computer with administrator account.
- Click on Start button.
- At the bottom of start menu in search box type gpedit.msc command and press enter key.
- On the opened Local Group Policy Editor snap-in under User Configuration expand Administrative Templates and then expand System.
- Click on Ctrl+Alt+Del Options and from the right pane double click on Remove Change Password.
- On the opened box select Enabled radio button and click on Ok button to accept your configuration.
- Close Local Group Policy Editor snap-in and open Command Prompt.
- On the command window type gpupdate /force command to update your current computer configuration with latest settings.
- Close Command Prompt.
With the help of above configuration administrators can only remove Change Password option when Ctrl+Alt+Del keys are pressed. Users will still be able to change their passwords by going to Control Panel.