Change password Windows 10 computers

Katrach0
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Hello, IT pros.

We have a computer lab which is used by many youth. We want to keep the computer lab for the exclusive use of the computers on the lab.

We want to change the password on the Wireless Controller, but that will mean that the 85 computers will not get connected for the obvious reason. My question is; how can we deploy the new password before or after if possible to the computers going going one by one?

Thanks so much for your help and as always is very much appreciated.

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Adam BrownSenior Systems Admin
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
Are these computers on a Workgroup or are they members of the AD Domain? If they are in a workgroup, there's no way to deploy a wireless password change to all of them without touching all of them in some way. If they're on a Domain, you can deploy a GPO to the computers that includes a new wireless configuration. https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg266419.aspx has info on how to do this with a GPO.
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IIRC, http://www.serverwatch.com/server-tutorials/using-netsh-commands-for-wi-fi-management-in-windows-8.html was what I once used.
It holds examples for startup scripts that use the netsh command. GPOs were not suitable to set a password for simple WLANs, but rather suitable for RADIUS authentication deployment.
Katrach0System Admin

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Adam:

The computers are in a domain.
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Katrach0System Admin

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McKnife.

All computers are Windows 10 Pro.
Katrach0System Admin

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Commented:
Adam,  I've tried what's on the link you provided many times in different places and it will just not work.
Katrach0System Admin

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Commented:
McKnife, the idea is to deploy the new key to all 85 Windows 10 Pro computers, without the need of going on one-by-one basis.
Distinguished Expert 2018

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Yes. I understood. So try netsh.
RaminTechnical Advisor
Commented:
PSTools ( PsPassword ) can Reset the Local Administrator Password on Multiple Computers Remotely.

How to reset the Local Administrator Password on Multiple Computers Remotely:
https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/390.sysinternals-pstools-reset-the-local-administrator-password-on-multiple-computers-remotely.aspx

PSTools download link:
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896649
Distinguished Expert 2018
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Syntax examples needed: find them here:
https://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/24989-export-import-wireless-network-info-on-windows-machines
So use a domain start script and that's it.
Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
Netsh is a good start, but you need the following also.

After you change wireless password from Cisco wireless controller, connect to wifi network from a master win 10 workstation and export the wifi profile config file to a common network share.

Then, you need to create a logoff script for the remaining workstations which will copy the wifi profile config file from the common network share to a folder in local drive when will be done prior to logoff.

Finally, create a logon script for all workstation (excluding the master one) for updating the wifi password from the wifi profile config file saved on the folder on local drive.

You need to schedule a logoff task for every workstation when the lab is closed everyday.

Also, you need to educate all users for proper procedure to shutdown a computer. i.e. not to power off by pressing the power button for 4 seconds and need to logoff properly when quit using a computer.
Katrach0System Admin

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Thanks guys, I will try some of the ideas I have seen here. Will keep you updated.

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