How to set or change Maximum and Minimum Password age in Windows 7

Password age can be altered in Windows 7. By setting the maximum password age we determine for how many days the set password will work before its expiration. This boosts the security of your system and network resources. It is good and best practices to have passwords expire every 30 to 90 days.

To set or change Maximum Password age in Windows 7 follow these simple steps:

1) Open Start menu and click the Control Panel link

2) In the Control Panel window double click the Administrative Tools icon



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3) In the Administrative Tool window double click Local Security Policy



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4) In the Local Security Policy window click to expand the folder

Security Settings\Account Policies\Password Policy given in the left pane



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5) Now double click the Maximum password age option in the right pane as highlighted above

6) In the Maximum password age Properties window enter the value between 1 to 999 days in the textbox under Password will expire in statement. Here the default value is 42 days.



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Note: If you want passwords to never expire set the maximum password age to 0

7) Click Apply and then OK button

8) Close Local Security Policy window.


To set or change Minimum Password age in Windows 7 follow these simple steps:

1) Open Local Security Policy window as specified in steps 1 to 4 above

2) In the Local Security Policy window click to expand the folder

Security Settings\Account Policies\Password Policy given in the left pane



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3) Now double click the Minimum password age option in the right pane as highlighted above

4) In the Minimum password age Properties window enter the value between 1 to 998 days in the textbox under Password can be changed immediately statement.



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Note: The minimum password age must always be less than maximum password age except in the case of maximum password age set to 0

5) Click Apply and then OK button

6) Close Local Security Policy window.