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Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by referee07, Feb 7, 2008.

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  1. referee07

    referee07 Thread Starter

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    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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    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.
     
  5. referee07

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    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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    Why didn't you just set it to unlimited?
     
  7. referee07

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    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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    If it's your computer, why did you think you need a password? just makes things more complex than neccessary.
     
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    I always use a password for my computers. It's not complex at all and helps keep prying eyes away from your stuff. (y)
     
  10. referee07

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    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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