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Logon Password Question

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Rick, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. Rick

    Rick Flightless Bird

    The last couple of months or so when the computer boots up it ask if I
    want to change the password. There is no password required since I am
    the only one to use the system. Is this some new feature In Win XP Pro
    SP3? I am running ZA Pro but I do not think that is causing this to
    occur since I have used it for a very long time.
     
  2. Andrew McLaren

    Andrew McLaren Flightless Bird

    Rick wrote:
    > The last couple of months or so when the computer boots up it ask if I
    > want to change the password. There is no password required since I am
    > the only one to use the system. Is this some new feature In Win XP Pro
    > SP3? I am running ZA Pro but I do not think that is causing this to
    > occur since I have used it for a very long time.



    Hi Rick,

    I don't believe that XP SP3 explicitly changes the system's password policy.

    However it does sound like your password policy has been altered, somehow.

    To configure the policy (and turn off these prompts), you can change the
    policy by running the Group Policy Editor:

    - at a command prompt, run the command "gpedit.msc"

    - the Group Policy MMC will appear;

    - in the left-hand pane, select Computer Configuration, Windows
    Settings, Account Policies, Password Policy;

    - the default settings for XP are:
    - enforce password history: 24
    - maximum password age: 0
    - minimum password age: 0
    - minimum password length: 4
    - complexity requirements: disabled
    - reversible encryption: disabled

    Modify these values as desired, exit the Group Policy MMC and log out,
    When you log in again, the new settings are in effect.

    "Group Policies" are normally associated with machines attached to a
    Domian, rather than stand-alone machines; but the GP editor controls
    these settings for both domain and stand-alone machines.

    Making sure your policy is set to the default values will (hopefully!)
    make these prompts go away.

    Hope it helps,

    Andrew

    --
    amclar at optusnet dot com dot au
     
  3. Rick

    Rick Flightless Bird

    Andrew McLaren wrote:
    > Rick wrote:
    >> The last couple of months or so when the computer boots up it ask if I
    >> want to change the password. There is no password required since I am
    >> the only one to use the system. Is this some new feature In Win XP
    >> Pro SP3? I am running ZA Pro but I do not think that is causing this
    >> to occur since I have used it for a very long time.

    >
    >
    > Hi Rick,
    >
    > I don't believe that XP SP3 explicitly changes the system's password
    > policy.
    >
    > However it does sound like your password policy has been altered, somehow.
    >
    > To configure the policy (and turn off these prompts), you can change the
    > policy by running the Group Policy Editor:
    >
    > - at a command prompt, run the command "gpedit.msc"
    >
    > - the Group Policy MMC will appear;
    >
    > - in the left-hand pane, select Computer Configuration, Windows
    > Settings, Account Policies, Password Policy;
    >
    > - the default settings for XP are:
    > - enforce password history: 24
    > - maximum password age: 0
    > - minimum password age: 0
    > - minimum password length: 4
    > - complexity requirements: disabled
    > - reversible encryption: disabled
    >
    > Modify these values as desired, exit the Group Policy MMC and log out,
    > When you log in again, the new settings are in effect.
    >
    > "Group Policies" are normally associated with machines attached to a
    > Domian, rather than stand-alone machines; but the GP editor controls
    > these settings for both domain and stand-alone machines.
    >
    > Making sure your policy is set to the default values will (hopefully!)
    > make these prompts go away.
    >
    > Hope it helps,
    >
    > Andrew
    >

    I'll give it a try, thanks
     
  4. Rick

    Rick Flightless Bird

    Rick wrote:
    > Andrew McLaren wrote:
    >> Rick wrote:
    >>> The last couple of months or so when the computer boots up it ask if
    >>> I want to change the password. There is no password required since I
    >>> am the only one to use the system. Is this some new feature In Win
    >>> XP Pro SP3? I am running ZA Pro but I do not think that is causing
    >>> this to occur since I have used it for a very long time.

    >>
    >>
    >> Hi Rick,
    >>
    >> I don't believe that XP SP3 explicitly changes the system's password
    >> policy.
    >>
    >> However it does sound like your password policy has been altered,
    >> somehow.
    >>
    >> To configure the policy (and turn off these prompts), you can change
    >> the policy by running the Group Policy Editor:
    >>
    >> - at a command prompt, run the command "gpedit.msc"
    >>
    >> - the Group Policy MMC will appear;
    >>
    >> - in the left-hand pane, select Computer Configuration, Windows
    >> Settings, Account Policies, Password Policy;
    >>
    >> - the default settings for XP are:
    >> - enforce password history: 24
    >> - maximum password age: 0
    >> - minimum password age: 0
    >> - minimum password length: 4
    >> - complexity requirements: disabled
    >> - reversible encryption: disabled
    >>
    >> Modify these values as desired, exit the Group Policy MMC and log out,
    >> When you log in again, the new settings are in effect.
    >>
    >> "Group Policies" are normally associated with machines attached to a
    >> Domian, rather than stand-alone machines; but the GP editor controls
    >> these settings for both domain and stand-alone machines.
    >>
    >> Making sure your policy is set to the default values will (hopefully!)
    >> make these prompts go away.
    >>
    >> Hope it helps,
    >>
    >> Andrew
    >>

    > I'll give it a try, thanks

    Thanks Andrew,
    gpedit fixed the problem. The renew password option was set to 43
    days--weird
     
  5. Andrew McLaren

    Andrew McLaren Flightless Bird

    Rick wrote:

    >>>

    >> I'll give it a try, thanks

    > Thanks Andrew,
    > gpedit fixed the problem. The renew password option was set to 43
    > days--weird


    Yeah, I dunno how that would of happened. Anyways, problem solved!
    Thanks for letting us know it worked.

    Cheers

    Andrew

    --
    amclar at optusnet dot com dot au
     
  6. Bernd

    Bernd Flightless Bird

    -------- Original-Nachricht --------

    > Rick wrote:
    >> Andrew McLaren wrote:
    >>> Rick wrote:
    >>>> The last couple of months or so when the computer boots up it ask if
    >>>> I want to change the password. There is no password required since
    >>>> I am the only one to use the system. Is this some new feature In
    >>>> Win XP Pro SP3? I am running ZA Pro but I do not think that is
    >>>> causing this to occur since I have used it for a very long time.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Hi Rick,
    >>>
    >>> I don't believe that XP SP3 explicitly changes the system's password
    >>> policy.
    >>>
    >>> However it does sound like your password policy has been altered,
    >>> somehow.
    >>>
    >>> To configure the policy (and turn off these prompts), you can change
    >>> the policy by running the Group Policy Editor:
    >>>
    >>> - at a command prompt, run the command "gpedit.msc"
    >>>
    >>> - the Group Policy MMC will appear;
    >>>
    >>> - in the left-hand pane, select Computer Configuration, Windows
    >>> Settings, Account Policies, Password Policy;
    >>>
    >>> - the default settings for XP are:
    >>> - enforce password history: 24
    >>> - maximum password age: 0
    >>> - minimum password age: 0
    >>> - minimum password length: 4
    >>> - complexity requirements: disabled
    >>> - reversible encryption: disabled
    >>>
    >>> Modify these values as desired, exit the Group Policy MMC and log
    >>> out, When you log in again, the new settings are in effect.
    >>>
    >>> "Group Policies" are normally associated with machines attached to a
    >>> Domian, rather than stand-alone machines; but the GP editor controls
    >>> these settings for both domain and stand-alone machines.
    >>>
    >>> Making sure your policy is set to the default values will
    >>> (hopefully!) make these prompts go away.
    >>>
    >>> Hope it helps,
    >>>
    >>> Andrew
    >>>

    >> I'll give it a try, thanks

    > Thanks Andrew,
    > gpedit fixed the problem. The renew password option was set to 43
    > days--weird


    Password expiration after 42 (!) days is (now ?) the default in XP Pro.

    Bernd
     

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