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Windows 7: help with "Password Never Expires" setting

10 Aug 2010   #1
southieguy

windows 7 home premium - 32 bit
 
 
help with "Password Never Expires" setting

I just ran the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer, which said I have 3 accounts with passwords that never expire (a hidden Administrator account, mine (which also has Admin rights), and Guest (which is "off").

I run W7 Home Premium.

I found 2 tutorials here about "Password Expiration".
I'm probably half-asleep, but for someone with Home Premium the tutorials seem to point back and forth to each other in a circle, and never tell me (with Home Premium) how to enable Password Expiration.

Can someone clear the cobwebs from my brain, and tell me how to do that?

Thank you,
Dick


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10 Aug 2010   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello southieguy.



That is not available in Home Premium.



From this tutorial

Quote:
This option is only available for the Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.

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10 Aug 2010   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
In the any edition, right click on my computer & select manage. That will open the computer management console
select users under local users and groups
right click on each account listed and select properties, and there you will find the password options... uncheck "password never expires" and click apply.
You can then set the time for the password to expire by opening an elevated command prompt and typing net accounts /maxpwage: (0-999)


It's not there, this from 32-bit Home Premium.


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10 Aug 2010   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
did you expand system tools?.. look under this tutorial

under that same tutorial you linked earlier is
OPTION TWO
Through a Elevated Command Prompt

NOTE: This option is available for all Windows 7 editions.


Did you read down to Option Two, step 4?

Quote:
This will only change the maximum password age, it will not enable pasword expiration for users unless their user account has already had password expiration enabled in OPTION ONE above.
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10 Aug 2010   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
aha.. the op is correct.. the tutorial point back and forth to each other without solving the problem




Let's wait for an answer from Brink, I'll ask his opinion, I'll VM him to have a look at this thread.

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10 Aug 2010   #6
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Why do you want your password to expire?
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10 Aug 2010   #7
madtownidiot

 

good idea.. pretty sure there's a way to do this by creating registry dwords, but I don't remember the correct ones
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10 Aug 2010   #8
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

I'm with Logic Earth on this. You don't need (or want in most cases) the passwords to expire. The only place I've actually seen this is at my high school where students were issued laptop computers. Teachers also got laptops and they hard admin accounts and could access all websites. Students couldn't even get on Wikipedia (because learning is bad??). The expiration schedule was meant to reduce the chances of students figuring out teachers passwords and using them to view illegal websites or make unauthorized changes to school computers. Unless you are in such a situation, which it doesn't seem like you are, it doesn't seem necessary.

Also, so for the lengthy explanation. I like to use examples
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10 Aug 2010   #9
Kirsch

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
I'm with Logic Earth on this. You don't need (or want in most cases) the passwords to expire.
Not really for us to decide. OP wants to set the password to expire, and here is a way in Home Premium:

Click Start > Type Command Prompt in the search box > RIGHT click the program > Click Run as Administrator (enter credentials if you need to) > Type this command "net accounts /maxpwage:20" > Replace the 20 with however many days you want

If you get access error 5, you didn't run Command Prompt as administrator.

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10 Aug 2010   #10
madtownidiot

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kirsch View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
I'm with Logic Earth on this. You don't need (or want in most cases) the passwords to expire.
Not really for us to decide. OP wants to set the password to expire, and here is a way in Home Premium:

Click Start > Type Command Prompt in the search box > RIGHT click the program > Click Run as Administrator (enter credentials if you need to) > Type this command "net accounts /maxpwage:20" > Replace the 20 with however many days you want

If you get access error 5, you didn't run Command Prompt as administrator.

Already been there..I deleted a prior post with the same instructions because it doesn't work unless you enable password expiration first, which is apparently difficult if not impossible to do in the home editions.
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