We will use Group Policy Preferences to set password on local user account

  • Click Start – All programs – Administrative Tools – Group Policy Management.
  • Create or Edit Group Policy Objects.
  • Expand Computer Configuration – Preferences – Control Panel Settings.
  • Right-click Local Users and Groups – New – Local User.
  • Ensure the Action is Update and enter the new password.
  • If this is a one-time change (not permanent):
    • Go to the Common tab and check the box for “Apply once and do not reapply“.
  • If the change should be permanent: The defaults are correct.

Here is an image of what the policy should look like before applying it:

How to Change a Local Administrator Password with Group Policy

How to Change a Local Administrator Password with Group Policy

Note: By default, all Group Policy updates are applied on a 90-minute timer. To apply the update instantly, run a gpupdate /force on the machine to be affected.