Enable or Disable Password Expiration in Windows 7

How to Enable or Disable Password Expiration in Windows 7

Apr. 01, 2014 12:17 pm / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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Most of you may have created a login password to protect your Windows 8/7/Vista/XP computer. Despite this general acceptance of other password security measures, password expiration is typically viewed as necessary by those responsible for ensuring security by users. If you want to apply for password expiration features on Windows 7 computer, you can check it in this article.

Just learn how to enable password expiration in Windows 7, as well as how to disable password expiration in Windows 7.

Note: You can only do this while logged in as an administrator. But if you forgot your Windows 7 administrator password unfortunately, go for Windows Password Recovery to crack the forgotten one.

How to Enable and Disable Password Expiration in Windows 7?

There are two options for you to enable or disable Windows 7 password expiration:

Option 1: Through Local User and Groups Manager

  • 1. Open the Local Users and Groups Manager.
  • 2. In the left pane, click on Users, then double click on the name of the user account that you want to enable or disable password expiration for.

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  • 3. To Enable Password Expiration for this User Account
    • a. Uncheck the password never expires box, then click on OK.

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    • b. You will now need to change the maximum and minimum password age of this user account for what you would like.
    • c. Go to step 5.
  • 4. To Disable Password Expiration for this User Account
    • a. Check the Password never expires box, then click on OK.

      Note: If password never expires is grayed out, then this means that this user account as reached it's set maximum password age. You will need to either change the Maximum password age to more days so that it has not expired yet, or change the password for the user account in Windows 7 (Windows 8 can be set as the same way).
  • 5. Repeat step 2 to 3/4 for any other user account that you want to enable or disable password expiration for.
  • 6. When done, close the Local Users and Groups Manager.

Option 2: Through Command Prompt

  • 1. Open an elevated command prompt in Windows 7.
  • 2. To Enable Password Expiration for a Windows 7 User Account.

    In the elevated command prompt, type the command below and press Enter.

    Note: Substitute "Username" in the command below with the actual user account name thay you want to enable password expiration for.

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    • a. You will now need to change the maximum and minimum password age of this user account for what you would like.
  • 3. To Disable Password Expiration for a Windows 7 User Account
    • a. In the elevated command prompt, type the command below and press Enter.

      Note: Substitute "username" in the command below with the actual user account name that you want to disable password expiration for.

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    • b. Go to step 4.
  • 4. Close the elevated command prompt.

After knowing the steps of turning on or off password expiration in Windows 7, you can do either of them freely. In addition, if you need more tips and tweaks of Windows 7 computer, click here to get the Windows tips.

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