Membership in Account Operators, Domain Admins, or Enterprise Admins, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at

To reset a user password using Active Directory Administrative Center
  1. To open Active Directory Administrative Center, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Administrative Center.


    Another way to open Active Directory Administrative Center is to click Start, click Run, and then type dsac.exe.

  2. In the navigation pane, select the node that contains the user account whose password you want to reset.

  3. In the management list, right-click the user whose password you want to reset, and then click Reset password.

  4. In the Reset Password dialog box, type and then confirm the password.


If you want to require the user to change this password at the next logon process, select the User must change password at next log on check box.

Additional considerations

  • You can also perform the task in this procedure by using the Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell. To open the Active Directory module, click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell. For more information, see Reset the Password of a User Account (

    For more information about Windows PowerShell, see Windows PowerShell (

  • You can also reset a user password by using the Reset Password tile on the Active Directory Administrative Center Overview page.

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