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07-Feb-2008, 10:49 PM
Solved: Why do I need to change my password?
Ever now and then, I get a message when I start Vista that says something like, "Your password will expire in 11 days. You should think about changing it now." If I am the only one using this computer, why in God's name do I need to change my password?! Why does Microsoft feel the need to make me change my password?! I have always changed my password when I get these messages (grumbling all the while) but I was wondering what will happen if I don't change the password, and is there some way to disable this nuisance? Thanks in advance.
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07-Feb-2008, 11:10 PM
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07-Feb-2008, 11:13 PM
Here is a really nice tutorial on it. I have not sure if Vista Home Premium has all these options to change it though. Not sure what version of vista you are running.
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/96...ion-vista.html
method 3 will work for all versions of vista.
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07-Feb-2008, 11:24 PM
Are you on your own personal computer or some computer at work/school? Usually companies will force password change policies for security reasons. When I was in the USAF it was every 90 days but the password itself had to be strict. Where I work at now is every 60 days but you can use anything for your password as long as it's 8 characters or more. Dictionary words are allowed.

If it's your home computer then you must have set the policy through Group Policy by accident.
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08-Feb-2008, 04:07 AM
Squashman and jonmcc33, thanks for the replies. I think I have set the expiration date at 999 days. I had to use "Method Three," but as I completed the change, all of the screen shots looked ok. I guess I will find out the next time I boot-up my computer. Thanks again.

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08-Feb-2008, 07:36 PM
Why didn't you just set it to unlimited?
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08-Feb-2008, 08:00 PM
Squashman, the instructions from your first posting had that option, but the instructions from the second posting didn't. I thought about putting "0" but wasn't sure if if would work. This morning when I booted my computer the "Your password is set to expire in XX days..." did not show up so I believe the problem is solved. I can go back and change the "999" to "0". Thanks again.
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09-Feb-2008, 11:58 AM
If it's your computer, why did you think you need a password? just makes things more complex than neccessary.
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If it's your computer, why did you think you need a password? just makes things more complex than neccessary.
I always use a password for my computers. It's not complex at all and helps keep prying eyes away from your stuff.
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09-Feb-2008, 08:16 PM
I use a password mainly in case someone is at my home (friends, repairmen, etc.) when I am using my computer. With a screen saver that requires a password (or when I put my computer "to sleep") if I'm off doing something else, anyone else in my home can't go snooping in my computer.
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