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The NetUserChangePassword function changes a userís password for a specified network server or domain.

Security Requirements

A server or domain can be configured to require a user to log on before changing the password on a user account. In that case, only members of the Administrators or Account Operators local group or the user himself can change the password for a user account. If logging on is not required, the user can change the password for any user account, as long as the user knows the current password.

NET_API_STATUS NetUserChangePassword(

    LPWSTR domainname,

    LPWSTR username,

    LPWSTR oldpassword,

    LPWSTR newpassword



Pointer to a null-terminated Unicode string that specifies the name of a remote server or domain. The NetUserChangePassword function changes the userís password on that remote server or domain.

A value of NULL in the domainname parameter specifies the logon domain of the caller.

Pointer to a null-terminated Unicode string that specifies a user name. The NetUserChangePassword function changes the password for that user.

A value of NULL in the username parameter specifies the logon user name of the caller.

Pointer to a null-terminated Unicode string that specifies the userís old password on the server or domain.
Pointer to a null-terminated Unicode string that specifies the userís new password on the server or domain.

Return Values

If the function is successful, it returns account information and the return value is NET_API_STATUS.

If the function fails, the return value is one of the following error codes.




The user does not have access to the requested information.


The computer name is invalid.


The operation is allowed only on the primary domain controller of the domain.


The user name could not be found.


The password is shorter than required.

See Also



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