Why Does Windows Request a New Password Occasionally?
Depending on how your Windows User Account was created, Windows may ask you to change your login password occassionally, sometimes every 42 days. This is a security feature aimed at businesses. If you are a home user, this password request feature may not be helpful.
How Can I Stop This from Happening?
Follow the instructions below to download a program to correct this problem. You will either need to be logged on as an Administator, or have the Administrator's password.
For more technical users, these changes can also be made from an Administrative command prompt.
To disable passwords being reset every 42 days:
net accounts /maxpwage:unlimited
To put the default setting of 42 days back:
net accounts /maxpwage:42
To see what the current setting is:
The NET Accounts method above, as well as the attached utility, change the setting for all users of the PC, as it is a global setting and not just for the user that is logged on at the time.
Tip for creating new user accounts: If you ever create a new user account with a password, use the Control Panel "User Accounts" option for doing this, to prevent accounts being created that automatically have passwords that expire.
Article ID: 430
Last updated: 13 Feb, 2016
Posted: 26 Jan, 2015 by Andrew Sharrad
Updated: 13 Feb, 2016 by Andrew Sharrad