Disabling a Windows Password Policy

As you would know well, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is a utility incorporated in Windows platform that hosts administrative tools for administering networks, computers, services and other system components. The Local Group Policy Editor happens to be one of its core components, which works a snap-in to edit your PC’s user configuration data and settings. In addition, it is worth mentioning that this utility comes only with the Ultimate, Enterprise and Professional editions of Windows 7.

In this post, the Windows support crew gives you a comprehensive account on how to disable the Windows password policy on your PC.

Logging In

As the process in question is largely concerned with the security of your PC, it’s requisite that you login as the administrator before starting off.

  1. Begin by clicking on the “Start” menu on your desktop.
  2. Type cmd in the Search bar and hit “Enter”. In the subsequent window, type net user administrator /active:yes and press the “Enter” key.
  3. Navigate to the Start menu again, and choose to Log Off. Select the Administrator profile that shows up subsequently.

Launching Local Group Policy Editor

Once you’ve logged in as the system administrator, you may proceed to launch the policy editor utility. The following steps are in order for the same:

  1. Commence the procedure by clicking on the “Start” menu on your desktop.
  2. Type cmd in the Search bar and hit “Enter”. In the subsequent window, type gpedit.msc and press the Enter key.
  3. Choose Yes for any permission queries. You may now right click on the option that reads Default Domain Policy GPO at the top left-hand panel, and choose Edit from the context menu.
  4. Now navigate through the following sections: “Windows Settings“,  “Security Settings“, “Account Policies” and finally “Password Policy”.
  5. Open the section Enforce password history under Policy Setting, and type 0. Click on OK, and repeat this step (typing 0) for the options “Maximum password age“, “Minimum password age” and “Minimum password length”.
  6. Double click on the parameter Password must meet complexity requirements under Policy.
  7. Finally, you may click on the option that reads Disabled under Policy Setting and then choose OK.

Well, that’s it! You’ve successfully disabled your Windows password policy.

For any further assistance, do get in touch with Windows support.

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