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Cannot change Windows 10 user account password, message 'The system is not authoritative for specified...'

Posted on 2016-11-29
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We had our computer locked for some strange reaon and no way to log back in.  We found that entering the login with a hotmail account gave us access.  However, we wanted to change the password of said user, and couldn't.  Gave the message "The system is not authoritative for specified..." (see pix below)

nopasswd
Please advice changing the password for the problem user.
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by:Raghav
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Do you have an Administrator account? What happens when you try to login as an admin and then changing the user password?

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by:rayluvs
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You mean try changing the password logged in as administrator?
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by:Raghav
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Yes Correct.

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by:rayluvs
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Ok will do.
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by:rayluvs
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Logged in as administrator tried to change the password of said user and still message persist and cannot change password.

Note:
  • The user we want to change the password for some reason cannot log with its user local account.
  • The password said user always used for some reason is not recognize.
  • The only way we got the user to log in into the computer was with his Microsoft Account (a hotmail email account).
  • At this point the user is working fin with no problem.

What we want:
  • To have the user log in with his computer local account again, not his MS account.
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by:Raghav
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Please try changing the password  using command line Interface.

1. Open cmd with "Run as Administrator" privileges
2. run following command -

net user username /Passwordchg:yes

replace username with the real user name of yours.

Let me know what happens.

Also please see if you have check marked  "User can not change password' option and "Account is disabled" option  under User account General Properties. If yes, un-check them.

--Raghav.
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by:rayluvs
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Yes, sound perfect!!! Will try!!!
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by:rayluvs
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same problem (we don't see the "change password" when we CTRL-ALT-DELETE with the user name
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by:Raghav
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Are you able to add another local user?

--Raghav
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by:rayluvs
ID: 41907464
Yes and also log in as another user account.
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by:rayluvs
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Question, we are trying to change the password thru Computer Management, should we do this thru another area, not in the apps?
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by:Raghav
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Did you try changing the password using command line? What happens when you do that?

Also can you share a screenshot of the user properties? what they look like? is it a standard user or a member of admin group?

--Raghav.
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Raghav earned 500 total points
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A small reading would help as well -

http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/5239-password-user-account-change-windows-10-a.html#option1

Good luck with that.

--Raghav.
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by:rayluvs
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Yes, thanx! Solved!
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by:rayluvs
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Actually, and for the sake of members that may face the same problem, this is waht we did in detail:

  • Settings >> Accounts >> sign with a Microsoft Account
  • the system logs you out and then log on with MS account.
  • Settings >> Accounts >> sign with a Local Account
  • change password (or create one)
  • the system logs you out and then log on with Local account.
  • Done
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by:Raghav
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I am glad that your issue is fixed. :-)

--Raghav.
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