31. How Do I Stop My Password From Expiring
This workaround relates to Windows XP Professional Only. You do not
need to use it with Windows XP Home. The XP Home password will
Password protecting Windows XP is an integral
part of security. However, when you create a
password in XP it does, by default, have a limited
shelf life - 42 days to be precise. Before the 42
days has expired you will usually receive a reminder
that your password is about to expire.
This is fine, so long as you do something about
it at the time. If you don't, and your password
finally expires, you are, unless you have created a
password reset disk, (see
32. How do I create a Password Reset) left with
a machine you cannot log in to.
Of course you can easily stop the password
expiring altogether simply by following the
- Click the Start button.
- On the Start Menu click Control Panel.
- When the Control Panel Window opens Click the
Administrative Tools Icon
- In Administrative tools window click Local Security Settings.
- The Local Security settings window will now
- In the Left hand pane of the
window click on the plus sign next
to Account Policies to expand the
- 7/ Click Password Policy.
- If you look in the Right hand
pane you will see a list of options.
- Right click on the Maximum Password Age option.
- From the drop down menu select Properties.
- The maximum password age properties window
- By default it is set to 42 days.
- Change this figure to 0
- Click Apply.
- Next click OK to close the
- Your password will now never expire.
- Finally Close the Local Security Settings window and any
other windows that are open.