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Windows 7: Windows 7 popup "Consider changing your password"


23 Jan 2012   #11
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I think I would just enter a password for your user account. If it's not asking for an old one then one was never set. If its Windows thats prompting for a password change you will be forced to change it on your next logon. You may as well change it now. At least thats the way it was in the NT4 days when I was working. We would get that nag about every three months, 90 days. The nag would time down and then eventually you had no choice but to change your password. When the nag pops up clicking it should take you to the Windows password setting screen. If you are infected with male-ware I would expect it to lead you somewhere else. Have you run msconfig and had a look at whats loading on boot up? I see that you are running Home Premium, it would have made more sense if it had be Enterprise as I would expect to see this kind or prompt on a PC in a work environment. I don't think Home Premium has access to the Group Policy Editor which makes it even more intriguing as to why you are getting this prompt. If you can and you haven't already I would make a set of recovery disks. Have you looked at disk management to see if there is a recovery partition? My apologies if you have already stated this in your thread, it's early in the AM here, and I haven't wrapped myself around my first coffee yet. Once I do I'll go over the thread from start to end again just to refresh my memory.

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23 Jan 2012   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

To stop the message did you look at the "Local Security Policy" procedure that I described in the 1st paragraph Post #6. How did that go?

Password reset disk I have no idea, never look at it.

No need to enable the Guest Account, as lehnerus2000 said this is to give other people limited access to your computer.
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23 Jan 2012   #13
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

Yeah, the guest account is really restricted in what it can do and mostly useless for trying to fix or restore anything on your PC.
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23 Jan 2012   #14

Windows 7 64
 
 

I see Administrative Tools but I do not see anything that reads "Local Security Policies". Is it because it's not on this OS or?

I can try to to a backup disk. Will that be helpful if I get locked out or does that only save files I created?

Thank you again.
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23 Jan 2012   #15
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Studiocomputer,

Please consider what I posted above (click here), and backup anything that you do not want to lose first.
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23 Jan 2012   #16

Windows 7 64
 
 

Hi Brink,

I do want to do the backup option. Before doing so I may have to go and get more dvds. I don't know how many disks a backup takes and I may be short on disks. I do video work so may have used up the ones I have with me today until I go pick them up.

Depends on how many files I have added but generically speaking, about how many dvd's it requires?

Thanks again.
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23 Jan 2012   #17
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

It really depends on how much you have to copy. Each single layer DVD is good for about 4.7 GB each.

However, if you have a external HDD or another internal HDD to use, that would be a much better and more reliable option to backup to.
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23 Jan 2012   #18

Windows 7 64
 
 

My external only has 23.5 gb free. It's full of video jobs.
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23 Jan 2012   #19

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

Do you have a key on the bottom of the laptop and what OS is it for ?
Vista , Windows 7 etc.
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23 Jan 2012   #20

Windows 7 64
 
 

There is a key on the bottom and it reads windows 7 home prem OA and it shows the key number
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