changing a cached domain windows logon password on a laptop with a command/regedit

Posted on 2006-04-14
Last Modified: 2013-12-04
hi all

when logging onto windows xp on a laptop and the laptop is on a domain, i seem to have a problem occasionally with the cached domain password... i have to change my password every month... sometimes this is done from a desktop pc in an office, then... when i get home and use my laptop i have to logon with the cached password (old password) and then use my new password for vpn... it takes 10 to 15 mins before im prompted to lock my laptop (screensaver lock) and unlock with domain password so windows has the current credentials...

is there a command i can use to forcibly change the cached password so as to speed up this process of waiting to lock my laptop so as the cached password is changed to the current one?? obviously the laptop isnt directly connected to the domain until i use vpn so i always have to use a cached password... im sure theres a simple command i can use to forcibly change the cached password or even a registry edit... can anyone help me out? :)

Question by:ScumPuppy
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    You can speed up locking your laptop by using Windows-L (on XP only, the Windows-button is inbetween Ctrl and Alt) or press Ctrl-Alt-Del > Lock workstation.

    As an alternative, dismiss the prompt to change your password when in the office, and only change it when using a VPN connection.

    I don't recommend hacking about with cached passwords, because the caching of passwords involves the acknowledgment of a domain controller.
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    Ahw, forgot to tell... the "change password" button is also found after you press Ctrl-Alt-Del. Try it, it opens a whole new world ;-)
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    no way!!!! in all these years ive never noticed the 'change password' option when ctrl alt deleting a domain based machine!!!! hahahahahahaha...... thats perfect (what an idiot)....

    hahahahaha... cheers matey :)
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    Alright, LOL... Happy to help mate.

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